Central Park Standout Looking At Two Sports

Just one year removed from playing soccer in Nigeria, Ade Aruna is playing basketball at Central Park Christian in Birmingham and is also looking at football.

Birmingham, Ala.—It is doubtful that many college prospects have had a summer as interesting as Central Park Christian's Ade Aruna. A soccer player in Nigeria just over one year ago, Aruna made the move to Orlando to play basketball last fall before eventually winding up at Central Park in January along with Auburn basketball signees Willy Kouassi and Bernard Morena.

Becoming fast friends with the duo and working alongside Coach Darrion Knox, Aruna has developed his skills on the basketball court and that showed last weekend when he participated in Tony Barbee's Camp on the Auburn Campus.

"The basketball camp was good," Aruna said. "Everything is good. I'm just trying to work out every day on my post moves and my shooting and my running on the court. I'm just trying to get better every day.

"There was a lot of competition at the camp," he added. "It wasn't like Alabama's camp, the other camp I've gone to. The Auburn camp had a lot guys who could play very, very well. There was a lot of competition. It's the best camp I've been to."

A power forward standing nearly 6-6 and weighing in at 225, Aruna will be counted on to be the man for Central Park this fall with the two superstars moving on to the Plains. He said because of that the recent camp was very beneficial to him.

"With so much competition I have learned so much just playing against them," Aruna said. "The more competition I face the more I learn about how to play my post game, running the court, and shooting.

"The camp was very interesting," he added. "I think everything is going great right now. I just want to stay focused on basketball and football right now."

Ade Aruna stretches before Auburn's football camp last month

Football is another part of Aruna's summer that has come out of nowhere considering Central Park doesn't have a team and he has never put on pads before. But, there he was just a few weeks ago taking part in a camp at UAB and earning MVP honors on the defensive line. A few days later he camped at Auburn and performed very well also. He said it has given him another outlet to look at as far as his future education goes and he's going to continue to explore it.

"I'm going to continue to go to camps with football," Aruna said. "I'll probably go to Florida and maybe LSU to see how their camps are. I just want to go to as many camps as possible right now.

"It hasn't been easy for me," he said about learning football. "I'm just trying my best every day. I just keep on working. It's not easy because of the fundamentals. I want to get myself together on both sports, basketball and football."

Still waiting on his first offer the 3.5 GPA student is hearing from several schools including Auburn, Alabama and UAB.

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