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Junior England international Akwasi Yeboah (1997 born) is one of several players from Barking Abbey’s basketball academy heading Stateside next season, after signing for NCAA Division 1 school Stony Brook.
Yeboah was one of the leading young stars in helping Kent Crusaders to the NBL Division 1 playoffs title last month, and can’t wait to start his college career.
“Stony Brook has the right balance of basketball and education for me,” he said. “It’s a great school in a great city. I like the coaching staff – they are honest and treat me like family.
“I’m looking forward to embracing a different style and culture of basketball and lifestyle. I’m also excited to join the Seawolf family and compete against some of the top teams and players in college basketball.”
Yeboah will compete in this year’s Hoopsfix All-Star Classic along with Kent team-mates Josh Steel, Karolis Kundrotas, Calvin Nevill-Kintu and Nathan Smith.
The 6’5″ forward also received interest from the likes of Flordia Tech, Albany, Nicholls State, VMI, Western Wyoming Community College and Sheridan College.
“We’re delighted Akwasi has secured a Division 1 scholarship,” said BA Director of Operations, Lloyd Gardner. “His development and work ethic this year in particular has been second to none and I think he is testament to someone who has put in the work and deserves a reward such as this.
“Stony Brook is an excellent programme, I know the coaching staff for a number of years and they will look after him on and off the court, I see this as an ideal fit for him.”
Stony Brook Seawolves finished the 2014-15 college season with a 23-12 record overall, including 12-4 in the American East Conference, and lost by a single point in the Championship game.
“I love Akwasi’s skill set,” Head Coach Steve Pikiell said. “He adds versatility and athleticism and the ability to create mismatches on offense with his strength and ability to shoot the ball.”
You can watch Yeboah in action at the 2015 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic by buying tickets here.
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