The man who changed the college basketball landscape in the Philippines touched base with the team that made him a local icon. Nigerian Samuel Ekwe now lives in Los Angeles and visited the San Beda Red Lions in Reseda during their annual training in the City of Angels two weeks ago.
Ekwe was the first African student-athlete that made a huge impact in college basketball, leading San Beda to the 2006 NCAA crown and ending its 28-year title drought. That year, Sam bagged both MVP and Rookie of the Year honors. Since then, majority of the UAAP and NCAA teams have recruited players from Africa, mostly from Cameroon and Nigeria.
The present-day Red Lions have another Nigerian behemoth, Olaide Adeogun, who will play his sophomore year in the NCAA this season. Sam and Ola met for the first time in Reseda during the former’s visit. But Ekwe has already played with some of the senior players in the team before he graduated like skipper Rome dela Rosa, Kyle Pascual, Michole Sorela and JaypeeRead More »from Ekwe visits Red Lions in LA