Freshman Season (2009-10)
Competed for his country (Great Britain) in the summor of 2010 at the FIBA Under 20 European Championships ... started all eight contests and led his country with 19.1 points and 2.3 steals per game ... also contributed 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists a contest ... led Britain to its best-ever finish in the event (sixth place) ... played in 28 contests as a true freshman, earning six starts ... after averaging just 6.3 minutes a game over UAB's first 20 contests, averaged 15.3 minutes per contest and earned four starts over the last 13 games ... had best game of his young career, going for seven points, six rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals in UAB's win over Tulane (2/27) ... collected six points including his first career three-pointer in the win over Rice (2/6) ... made first career start and played a career-best 24 minutes in the win at Southern Miss (2/17) ... also recorded his first career dunk against the Golden Eagles ... collected four points and four rebounds in the loss to UTEP (1/30) ... earned first collegiate playing time against Green Bay (11/13).
Played senior season at Bethel (Va.) High School in Hampton Roads, Va. under head coach Craig Brehon ... nominated as a McDonald's All-American ... was ranked as the No. 33 small forward coming out of high school by ESPN.com ... also ranked as a two-star recruit by Scout.com ... averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game during his lone season at Bethel HS ... additionally, he led the team field goal percentage, shooting 60 percent from floor, and recorded 15 double-doubles ... helped lead the Bruins to a 23-4 overall mark as a senior, including a 16-2 record in district play, and their second straight district championship ... earned second team All-Peninsula District honors ... also garnered all-tournament accolades at the Ronald Curry Christmas Classic ... as a junior, he played at Hampton Roads Academy ... finished that season with an average of 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game ... earned honorable mention all-state accolades following his junior season ... came to UAB after receiving interest from Providence, Old Dominion, Michigan and Missouri.
Full name is Ovie Paul Soko ... born Feb. 7, 1991 in London, England ... parents are Raymond Soko, Sr. and Foluso Soko ... academic major is broadcasting ... has an older brother, Raymond.