The RVC men’s basketball team returns to nationals this week with an important part of their front court continuing his non-traditional journey to college hoops.
“Go from not playing to be our leading scorer and leading rebounder, first team all conference, first team all region is pretty unheard of,” says head coach Tim Sandquist, who saw something special in one of the Golden Eagles big men.
“I first saw Nana in an open gym, with some returners in the summer. He had a really good motor and he rebounded.”
That’s Nana Kodom-Ayensu – he went to Fenwick, but never played a game there, yet he caught RVC’s attention by chance.
“I didn’t play high school basketball, and I went to a showcase and did really well at the showcase. He just my line to tell me he’s really interested in me and he thinks he can develop me into the player I am today,” Kodom-Ayensu said.
The key to his ascension up the RVC depth chart? Chemistry with Coach Sandquist.
“Coming into the program, I didn’t really know what he had to offer. His love for the game of basketball and how much he loves us as a player individually, really helped us and carried us far. I’m grateful for the coaching he’s done in my life and he’s a really big inspiration,” Kodom-Ayensu said.
“He’s got a great knack for knowing where the ball’s going off the rim,” Sandquist said. “What he’s been able to do for us off the court is pretty special.”
Nana Kodom-Ayensu and the RVC Golden Eagles face Bunker Hill in the NJCAA Div. III national quarterfinals on Thursday at 5:00 in Rochester, Minnesota.