Austrian Headed to A-10

Hermann Opoku came to South Kent with no reputation. He will leave as a future A-10 player.

Hermann Opoku came to South Kent (Conn.) as a kid with no reputation and will leave as one heading to George Washington.

The athletic, 6-foot-8, 200-pound senior, who came over from Austria in the fall, committed to Karl Hobbs and the Colonials after returning from a visit in which he watched GW defeat Maryland.

``He has an opportunity to have a great career at George Washington, which plays to his strength as a run and jump guy," South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said.

Opoku actually came to the United States and played at a local Massachusetts showcase about a year ago after his brother heard about the event. However, Opoku was still a virtual unknown – even to Chillious – when he arrived on campus in September.

The way in which he landed at South Kent is that his brother's boss' son plays for the school's hockey team.

Opoku, 19, just needs to learn the game. He grew up playing soccer.

``He's coming along," Chillious said. "He's a high-energy guy who should play more as the season goes along. Physically, his upside is tremendous. He's still learning the game of basketball right now." Chillious said that Marquette, Wyoming, URI and UNLV all expressed recent interest.

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