Bud Ogden

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Bud Ogden
Personal information
Born (1946-12-29) December 29, 1946 (age 72)
San Luis Obispo, California
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolAbraham Lincoln
(San Jose, California)
CollegeSanta Clara (1966–1969)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1969–1971
PositionSmall forward
Career history
19691971Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points257 (3.5 ppg)
Rebounds106 (1.4 rpg)
Assists48 (0.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Carlos C. "Bud" Ogden, Jr. (born December 29, 1946) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Although Ogden played for two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, he is best remembered for his college career at Santa Clara.


As a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) forward, Bud Ogden led Santa Clara to its best years in its program's history while playing alongside his younger brother, Ralph.[2] He played for the Broncos from 1966–67 to 1968–69, and was an integral part of an era (1967–1971) that saw the team go 70–10 overall, including two trips to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2][3][4] As a sophomore in 1967, Ogden scored a still-standing school record 55 points against Pepperdine, and as of August 2007 is still the 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,437 points.[3] His 18.2 points per game average is third all-time.[3]

In 1967–68, his junior year, the Broncos went 22–4, won the Pac-8 Conference title, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament West regional final before falling to a Lew Alcindor-led UCLA squad.[2] The following year, he and his brother guided the Broncos to a 27–2 record, including 21 straight wins to begin the season.[2] They were ranked as high as third in the national polls,[3] won another Pac-8 title and once again met UCLA in the West regional final of the NCAA Tournament.[3] The Bruins again defeated the Broncos and went on to win the national championship. They lost by 38 points in what was Alcindor's final game at Pauley Pavilion.[2][3] "To be that close to the Final Four–it was heartbreaking", Ogden said.[2] At the conclusion of his senior year, Ogden was named a consensus Second Team All-American. On February 10, 1969, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.[4]

Years later, he would have his jersey retired by Santa Clara.[3] Bud and his brother Ralph were both also inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.[3]


Bud Ogden was actually drafted into the NBA twice. After his junior season at Santa Clara, the Seattle SuperSonics selected him with the 162nd overall pick in the 1968 NBA draft.[5] He decided to return to school however, and after a successful senior season, the Philadelphia 76ers selected him in the first round (13th overall) in the 1969 Draft.[6] Coincidentally, his brother Ralph was selected in the 1970 Draft by the San Francisco Warriors and play one season for them.[7]

Ogden played professional basketball for two seasons, both with the 76ers.[4] In his rookie season, he was given the nickname "The Medium O" by teammates, referencing the nickname "The Big O" bestowed upon Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.[2] He averaged 3.5 points in two seasons and was then waived.[2] He partially attributes his short career as being in the wrong place at the wrong time; Ogden was the power forward back-up to Billy Cunningham, a future Hall of Famer.[4] "My take on it is that I was a power forward in a 6-foot-6 body. If I was 6-foot-8 or 6-foot-9, things might have been different – or if I was quicker. My second year they tried to make me a guard. Well, I had never handled the ball my whole life", he later recounted.[4]


Ogden's father, Carlos Ogden, Sr., fought in World War II and was awarded the Medal of Honor, three Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star Medal.[2][4] He credits his father as instilling grit and determination in him via playing basketball in the driveway: "Dad was merciless. He would put us into the garage door."[2] Bud has three children, Lori, Geoffrey and Sydney. He has three brothers – Jim (deceased), Ralph and Fred. Bud is now retired from his careers in real estate and teaching high school algebra and special education. Ogden also coached his high school's basketball team. Prior to his first day of teaching, he was asked what he thinks of when his students were going to find out he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He said, "I can picture the kids saying, 'What? Mr. Ogden was on the cover of SI?' I can't wait to see the looks on their faces."[2]


  1. ^ "Bud Ogden". basketball-reference.com. 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Deitsch, Richard (April 5, 1999). "Bud Ogden, Santa Clara Forward". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Former Bronco Basketball Stars Bud and Ralph Ogden to be Inducted Into San Jose Sports Hall of Fame". santaclarabroncos.com. Santa Clara University. August 31, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Coach Stands Tall Among Players". The Weekend Pinnacle Online. January 29, 2006. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "1968 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "1969 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Ralph Ogden". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.