Fameni Already Has A Leader

Will Fameni might not have the most experience when it comes to dealing with the recruiting process, but the native of Cameroon seems to be doing just fine.

ASU Leads For Power Forward

Will Fameni might not be a name you've heard a lot about, but that didn't stop high major schools from doing their homework on him.

The 6-8 power forward from Amelia Academy in Virginia is a native of Cameroon. He hasn't been in the States very long. "I've only been here for 10 months," Fameni said. "I came here in November 2001."

"Two years ago, a friend of my cousin's was living in Los Angeles. He came back to Cameroon for vacation and watched me play. He said that he thought I could play here. My mom didn't want me to leave. She was worried how I would do in school. Once she read the information she said it was pretty nice."

Fameni played this summer with Team Richmond. While we didn't get a chance to see him in Orlando, apparently some schools did. In fact, his list now reads Arizona State, Tulane, West Virginia, William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth.

Fameni visited Arizona State first. He tripped to Tulane last weekend and West Virginia is next up on his list of scheduled trips. That event occurs the weekend of Sept. 20.

Regardless, heading into the Tulane visit, a leader had been established. "I would say Arizona State. I went there and every time I talk to Coach Evans I feel like I'm back home. He's very nice."

Fameni says there's a big difference, just as one would expect, between Cameroon and the U.S. "People are really friendly here. Back in Cameroon I never had the time to play basketball. All my time was spent in school. You would start at 7:30 in the morning and finish after 5:30 in the afternoon. Now, being done by 2:55; that gives me lots of time to practice and do my homework. The exposure is greater and all this kind of stuff. Since I've been here I've learned a lot about basketball."

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