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On the Brink: Houston Cougars’ 2016 Commit Valentine Sangoyomi

After a strong career at Northern Oklahoma College, forward Valentine Sangoyomi continues to follow in the footsteps of Hakeem Olajuwon, and will play for the Houston Cougars starting in the 2016-17 season. (Source: Houston Cougars Athletics)
After a strong career at Northern Oklahoma College, forward Valentine Sangoyomi continues to follow in the footsteps of Hakeem Olajuwon, and will play for the Houston Cougars starting in the 2016-17 season. (Source: Houston Cougars Athletics)

Former NBA player Hakeem Olajuwon once said, “I’ve now been in this country for thirteen years, since I was seventeen. So this is my second home.”

Houston Cougars‘ commit Valentine Sangoyomi shares a similar path to that of Olajuwon, and one special connection.

The game of basketball means a lot to Sangoyomi. “It’s like what is giving me joy whenever I am sad about something. I can always find joy on the basketball court.”

After committing to the Cougars after a stellar JUCO career, Saangoyomi is “On the Brink” of stardom in the NCAA.

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Prey Harder: The Devin Martin Story

Devin Martin put together two stellar years with the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and recently signed with a sports agency, marking the start of a professional career that has been years in the making.
Devin Martin put together two stellar years with the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and recently signed with a sports agency, marking the start of a professional career that has been years in the making.

“The harder you prey, the harder you work, and the more you’ll succeed.”

If you ask Devin Martin what the phrase “prey harder” means to him, that’s what he will tell you.

The guard played the last two years for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, who regularly use #PreyHarder on social media to describe the men’s basketball program.

Last week, Martin signed a contract with his agency, taking the next step towards his ultimate dream of making it to the NBA. But, in the early years, some wondered if his dream would ever be realized.

Martin has had to overcome various challenges that would have knocked most people down and kept them away from realizing their dreams. Instead of letting the obstacles keep him down, Martin overcame them all, seemingly coming out stronger and more mature each time.

It must have been fate that led Martin to the Hawks before the 2014-15 season, as he has been living the “Prey Harder” life since his high school days. Continue reading Prey Harder: The Devin Martin Story

He’s Got Next: Joey Frenchwood Ready to Step In and Help Lead the Lamar Cardinals

Hill College guard Joey Frenchwood has committed to play for Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals, and brings some much-needed depth to the back court. (Source: Hill College on Twitter)
Hill College guard Joey Frenchwood has committed to play for Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals, and brings some much-needed depth to the back court in the process. (Source: Hill College on Twitter)
Who’s got next?

That’s a question that the Lamar Cardinals found themselves asking after the 2015-16 season.

Things started out so well, as the team started the year 9-4, and looked to be a legitimate contender for the Southland Conference title.

But, in the end, their season was like comparing night and day.

Lamar struggled down the stretch in conference play, finishing the year at 11-19 overall, and just 3-15 against conference opponents.

While they faltered, the future looks bright down in Beaumont, TX. With the emergence of freshman guard Nick Garth and freshman forward Dorian Chatman last season, the foundation has been set.

Despite the emergence of two future stars, the Cardinals also said goodbye to veteran point guard Kevin Booze, who was dismissed from the program at season’s end. That left a hole in the back court that needed to be filled.

Head Coach Tic Price and his coaching staff hit the recruiting trail hard this off-season, bringing in strong recruits to bolster the roster at various positions. Then, on April 13th, the Cardinals got a commitment from a point guard that they had coveted from the beginning.

Enter Hill College transfer Joey Frenchwood. Continue reading He’s Got Next: Joey Frenchwood Ready to Step In and Help Lead the Lamar Cardinals

On the Brink: The Journey for Novian Cherry isn’t Finished, It’s Just Beginning

Artist Robert Wyland once said, "The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and bring external joy to the soul. Novian Cherry pictured here.
Artist Robert Wyland once said, “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and bring external joy to the soul. Novian Cherry pictured here, is just beginning his basketball journey..

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

Those words, from the late Arthur Ashe, symbolize the basketball journey that collegiate forward Novian Cherry has been on.

Cherry’s journey hasn’t been an easy one.

He grew up in a single parent household, raised by his mother along with his brothers. He also has had to deal with all the doubters about his game, overcome obstacles in life, and being labelled as the “underdog” more often than not.

Listed with only one year left of eligibility* left in college, it would be assumed that his journey is nearing the finish line.

Instead, Cherry’s journey is just beginning, and he’s looking forward to proving even more people wrong.

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The Road Less Travelled: Larry McKnight, Jr. Goes from Wofford to JUCO with the Hopes of Returning Back to the Top Level

After signing with Wofford and redshirting during the 2014-15 season, Larry Mcknight, Jr. transferred from the program and has committed to play at Palm Beach State (JUCO). (Source: Larry Mcknight, Jr, Twitter)
After signing with Wofford and redshirting during the 2014-15 season, Larry Mcknight, Jr. transferred from the program and has committed to play at Palm Beach State (JUCO). (Source: Larry McKnight, Jr, Twitter)

In life, sometimes things don’t go the way you envisioned them playing out. How you deal with the changes, and adapt to them, will be how people remember you in the long run.

One can get down and let the changes control them, or they can take charge and make the best out of the situation. The latter of the two is vastly recommended.

Former Wofford Terriers‘ guard Larry McKnight, Jr. is taking the road less travelled to set himself up for the best future possible in the game of basketball. Once a part of a highly-touted recruiting class for the Terriers in the Class of 2014, McKnight, Jr. didn’t see the floor for Wofford over his tenure at the school.

Now a member of the Palm Beach State Panthers (JUCO), he is looking to get back to the Division I level after a strong season in 2016-17 at his new home.

Looking back at his time with Wofford, one thing sticks out above anything else for the native of Miami, FL.

No regrets. Continue reading The Road Less Travelled: Larry McKnight, Jr. Goes from Wofford to JUCO with the Hopes of Returning Back to the Top Level

On the Brink: Independence C.C. Pirates Women’s Basketball Guard Brianna Jackson

After a stellar JUCO career at Independence CC, Brianna Jackson looks to see what her future holds. In my exclusive interview learn why she is “On the Brink” of success on and of the court. Photo Rights to Independence CC Athletics

The late Princess Diana once said ,”Family is the most important thing in the world.”

For Independence Community College Pirates’ women’s basketball sophomore guard Brianna Jackson, the game of basketball means that she can play not only for her family, but more important people as well.

As a freshman, Jackson averaged 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, while shooting 45.5% from the field, 31.7% from three point range, and 75.2% from the free throw line.

Jackson’s 13.7 points and 2.9 assists per game were tops on the team, while her 3.5 rebounds per game were the third-best mark on the team.

As a sophomore, she led her team in scoring for the second straight year. Jackson finished this past season averaging  15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 41.5% from the field and 33.0% from three point land.

Even though her career at Independence Community College has recently finished, what’s next for Brianna Jackson’s basketball career is uncertain. She is still ‘On the Brink’ of great success, both on and off the court.

In this exclusive interview with Brianna Jackson, learn why she plays for not only family and friends, but for her city and God, how she was able to maintain a 3.5 G.P.A., how her mother is her biggest role model, and more,

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