Junior Aboya Heads To Big East

Alfred Aboya really only had one school in mind when he arrived in August from Cameroon. Now, the junior power forward has fulfilled a dream to play college hoops in the Big East.

When Alfred Aboya arrived in the United States last year, he did so sporting a Georgetown sweatshirt. This week, the 6-8, 220 pound junior from the Tilton School in New Hampshire, saw a dream come true.

According to his high school coach, Scott Willard, Aboya committed to the Georgetown Hoyas. "He said it was his dream to play there the second he got here," Willard said. Aboya visited the school during the Christmas break. With the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, it was the perfect match for Aboya.

This season, Aboya is averaging 20 and 10. Over the weekend he recorded a game of 24 points and 17 rebounds. He's a big time athlete, according to Willard. "Alfred was playing soccer for us if you can imagine that. He took them to the finals of the New England championship. He's a helluva athlete."

Georgetown, realizing how good he was, pounced on him in November. Aboya also made an unofficial visit to Connecticut. In the end, it was the Hoyas whose strong African ties gave them an edge.

"The way [Aboya] explains it is that every kid in the Cameroon … that's the only school they know of because of the long line of African centers attending Georgetown and then playing in the pros."

Though he's not a finished product, Aboya has turned in a fine season that has helped his confidence and shown the strides he's capable of making on the court. "He's definitely a power forward. He's really athletic with unbelievable instincts. And, he's still pretty raw. We've still got some work to do but he's buying into it here."

Willard has found it rewarding coaching Aboya, but frustrating at times in terms of finding him clothes. "He's 6-8 and about 220. He's got a great body. His inseam is 41 inches. Trying to buy clothing for him, even at the big and tall shops, is impossible because of his wingspan."

At Georgetown you can bet they'll have little problem tailoring a uniform to fit Aboya.

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