You can’t beat ‘Just-in’ Love,’ can you?
Turns out you can.
My new favorite college basketball name is God’s Gift Achiuwa.
That’s right. His name is God’s Gift and he’s a 6-foot-9 Nigerian forward from Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. He is being recruited by St. John’s, among others.
“Nigeria is a very, very religious country,” said Joe Boncore, who mentors numerous Nigerian players but has no connection to Achiuwa. “They are devout Catholics. You gotta have religion because where they’re coming from, it’s pretty bad.”
God’s Gift was named a Third Team Division II All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was previously named the Region III co-Player of the Year and helped lead Erie to an all-time best 27-2 record last season. He averaged a double-double of 13 points and 13.4 rebounds, while blocking 2.1 shots per game.
Imagine the possibilities if he landed at St. John’s in the Big East.
“God’s Gift takes the floor at Madison Square Garden.”
“I’m God’s Gift to basketball and I’ll be taking on Villanova and Georgetown this season.”
“There goes God’s Gift, throwing down a dunk on South Florida.”
And we can only hope that one day we will hear David Stern say…”And with the 15th pick in the NBA Draft, the New York Knicks select ‘God’s Gift.’”
Even LeBron can’t promise that.