Africa to Austin: Life’s a jour­ney for Aborowa

For­ward praises play­ers, staff — but says Austin’s Nige­ria-like heat sold her.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com UT women

Karen As­ton was on a re­cruit­ing trip in Vir­ginia three years ago when she came across a young wo­man with pas­sion in her eyes and a spring in her step.

Texas’ head coach told Ge­orge Washington, her as­sis­tant coach, about the raw tal­ent she saw whose home­town is La­gos, Nige­ria. Olamide Aborowa, who had moved to Philadel­phia when she was 15 to find a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and ath­letic op­por­tu­ni­ties, was a “re­bound­ing ma­chine,” As­ton told him.

By co­in­ci­dence, Texas was search­ing for a re­place­ment for de­part­ing se­nior Nneka Enemk­pali, a four-year front-court dy­namo in burnt or­ange and the daugh­ter of two Nige­rian-born par­ents.

“I like kidswho have some pop in their step and the ath­letic abil­ity to run, re­bound and be very ac­tive, es­pe­cially in the post area,” As­ton said.

It has been quite a jour­ney for Aborowa, who is still ad­just­ing to life out­side of Africa.

She had no in­ten­tions of leav-

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