Africa to Austin: Life’s a journey for Aborowa
Forward praises players, staff — but says Austin’s Nigeria-like heat sold her.
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-