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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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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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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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On the Brink: LaGuardia CC Red Hawks Freshman Guard Briana Johnson

All rights to Brandon Charlton, and LAGCC Athletics
All rights to Brandon Charlton, and LAGCC Athletics

Freshman guard Briana Johnson did it all for the LaGuardia Community College Red Hawks this past season. Johnson’s efforts, both offensively and defensively, provided a spark for the Red Hawks. Johnson led the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game, while finishing fourth of the team with 4.2 rebounds and second in three pointers made.

Based on her performance on the court and praise off the court, Johnson’s story is one that needed to be told. She is this week’s featured interview in the weekly column, “On the Brink.”

Learn her journey from her basketball lineage, why she enjoys taking charges, why she wants to be remembered as a leader, but most importantly, why she is out to prove people wrong.

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On the Brink: New Opportunities Open for Guard Troy Harper

The late American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “our lives are defined by opportunities.”

In the college basketball world, Fitzgerald’s words live on in the lives of players on a regular basis, as an increasing number of players are looking for the right opportunities to better their lives down the road. More and more players are transferring in the off-season, looking for the right opportunity that will set them up for success.

The Campbell Fighting Camels were hit with news that junior guard Troy Harper had announced his intentions to transfer.

We caught up with Harper to get to know more about the guard and his journey towards a better opportunity in basketball. Harper talks about his college career to this point and what opportunities lie next for him in the game of basketball. He also reflects back on how he got into basketball, and like most kids growing up, family was a big reason why.

Harper has a ton of talent at his disposal, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take his game to the next level. He is ‘On the Brink’ of greatness in his world, but he puts himself second to others in his family, which makes his future that much brighter.

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On the Brink: Tyrek Coger, A Rebel With a Cause

After a strong junior college career, Tyrek Coger has signed with Ole Miss. Source: All rights to Cape Fear CC,
After a strong junior college career, Tyrek Coger has signed with Ole Miss. Source: All rights to Cape Fear CC,

“One of the happiest moments of my life to be an Ole Miss Rebel. #HottyToddy!”

This was the quote from Tyrek Coger when he announced his commitment to play for the Ole Miss Rebels on November 11th, 2015.

Trent A. Brinkley sits down with Coger to discuss his Ole Miss signing, his connection to Clippers point guard Chris Paul, how he ended up playing for Cape Fear, and all things basketball related.

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