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Michigan Outfielder Jordan Nwogu Talks About Sophomore Season and Representing Ann Arbor

Since his freshman year at Michigan, outfielder Jordan Nwogu has been a standout player for the Wolverines. 

“Michigan has been the best fit because of the culture we have in the program,” Nwogu said when asked why Michigan is the best fit for him. “It’s built on hard work and toughness and it already has made me a better person and better baseball player.”

Nwogu played a huge role in the Wolverines College World Series run this season.

After straining his left quad in game two of the World Series, Nwogu was unable to return the rest of the series. And Michigan went on to lose the series to Vanderbilt. But this injury did not take anything away from Nwogu’s stellar season when he hit .321. 

The 6’3, 235-pound outfielder is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

“It means the world to me,” Nwogu said when asked what it’s like representing his hometown. “I have so much support and to know I am making my city proud is an amazing feeling”

He committed to Michigan as a walk on who did not have a guaranteed spot on the team. 

As a freshman, Nowgu started 35 games and hit .349, 6 homeruns, and had 11 stolen bases.

He was selected to Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-America, All-Big Ten Second Team, and All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

Before his sophomore season, Nwogu was named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List.

As a sophomore, Nwogu started 64 games and hit .321, 12 homeruns, and had 16 stolen bases. 

"It really comes down to playing for something bigger than myself,” Nwogu said. “I go to the greatest university in the world and when I’m done here I want to have my jersey left in a better place.”

He was selected to ABCA 2nd team All-American as a designated hitter, ABCA All-Mideast Region First Team as a designated hitter, and First Team All-Big Ten as a designated hitter.

“It was an honor to be named to those teams,” Nwogu said. “I'm not too focused on those accomplishments because our main goal this year was to win a National Championship and we haven’t accomplished that yet.”

Next year, Nwogu will be entering his junior year which will make him eligible for the draft following the season. If he keeps playing the way he has, he could end up being drafted in the first few rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft.

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