Five students clinch USA basketball scholarships

There are over 2,000 college basketball athletics programmes available in America which means the opportunities are vast, but the competition for places is notoriously fierce.

All the more reason to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of five students from our sixth form sports academy, beating many applications and securing

basketball scholarships at some of the USA’s top colleges.

Mark Collett Basketball Coach at Aston Manor Sports Academy said “Gaining a scholarship is a lengthy and in-depth recruitment process. USA college coaches and scouts will look for technical characteristics in players that make them truly stand out from the crowd. In addition, students also must complete and pass a SAT exam. I couldn’t be more proud of these young men”

Jill Sweeney, Head teacher at Aston Manor Academy, commented “whilst we know Aston Manor is one of the leading Sports Academies in the Midlands, attracting sixth form applications far afield as Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry and Leicester to study with us, but this really is an outstanding achievement. Our sports academy students have to balance the challenge of studying a rigorous BTEC Extended Diploma in sport whilst committing set training and coaching sessions, often before and after lessons. I am absolutely delighted”.

USA Scholarship

Students who secured scholarships are –

Frank Madubuko – College of Biblical Studies, Texas (NCAA Division 2, 4-year Basketball Scholarship). Frank previously attended TMG Preparatory Academy in Orange County California. 

Akol Ring –  Hibbing College, Minnesota, (NCAA Division 2, 4-year Basketball Scholarship)

Yahye Makaran – Omega Preparatory Academy, Georgia State (1-year Basketball Scholarship)

Paul Joseph – Charleston Southern University, South Carolina (4-year academic Scholarship)

Derrick Oyowvi –  TMG Preparatory Academy, Orange County, California (1-year basketball scholarship)

Pictured with students, Mr Preston (Assistant Head teacher and Head of Sixth Form and Head teacher Mrs Sweeney

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