Wesley Christian star Amuzu drawing interest from D-I programs
by STEVE LeMASTER
ALLEN - Joshua Amuzu is a long way from home but that hasn’t hurt his production on the hardwood. Amuzu, a junior guard, hails from Brampton, Ontario in Canada. He currently averages 21.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.4 steals per game for the Wesley Christian High School boys’ basketball. Earlier in the month, Amuzu helped lead Wesley Christian to the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association (KCAA) All-A state title. Over the weekend, Wesley Christian finished second in the tradition-rich St. Joseph Invitational Tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va. Amuzu has also scored 36 points in a single game, breaking the school’s all-time single-game scoring record. College coaches are noticing Amuzu’s accomplishments. He’s drawing attention from numerous NCAA Division I basketball programs.
Prior to coming to Wesley Christian, Amuzu attended school and played basketball at Saint Marguerite d’Youville. Upon his arrival, Amuzu made an immediate impact for the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball program. The NCAA Division I schools that Amuzu has heard from thus far include Oregon State, Cleveland State, Coastal Carolina, UAB and West Alabama. NAIA members Pikeville, Cincinnati Christian and Reinhardt have also expressed an interest in Amuzu.
Despite currently attending school and playing basketball a long way from home, Amuzu manages to keep up with family and friends.
“I’m always in contact with family and close friends,” Amuzu said. “God and my family are my main priorities before school and basketball.”
Amuzu is continuously striving to get better.
“Personally, I want to be the best player that I can be to help myself and my teammates,” Amuzu said. “Also, a longterm goal is to play at the next level, which is NCAA Division I basketball with the best players.”
Amuzu has greatly enjoyed the 2012-13 schoolyear and basketball season as a first-year Wesley Christian High School student-athlete.
“Wesley Christian is a great school with lots of loving parents and teachers,” Amuzu confided. “For anyone who is interested in attending Wesley Christian High School, I’d just tell them to be willing to work hard, both on and off the court.”
Amuzu, who scored a school-record 36 points in a win for the Riders on Dec. 15, 2012, continues to lead Wesley Christian. Through Jan. 23, Amuzu had scored 339 points and was shooting 57 percent from the field. He’s one of the state’s top prep guards.
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