Alfred Aboya is having a stellar senior year and we are all so fortunate he decided to stay the extra year. What was the key reason?
Aboya faced another difficult decision following his junior season. He seriously considered leaving UCLA to play professional basketball overseas. That option would allow him to support his family financially. [academic coordinator Kenny] Donaldson said Aboya wanted to do what would be best for his family.
The opportunity to earn a master’s degree ultimately convinced Aboya to stay...
That quote is from a Rivals.com story about a very special Bruin. It highlights Aboya's priorities which were clear in his first meeting with academic coordinator Kenny Donaldson.
In that meeting, Aboya carefully questioned Donaldson about the value of a UCLA degree. He was specific when most high school seniors would be general or vague. He didn’t ask about graduating early in order to jump to the NBA. He wanted to know about the possibilities of attending graduate school.
"He asked questions that I’ve never had a student-athlete ask," Donaldson said.
With his play of late, people are wondering whether he'll get a whiff from the NBA or a European team. Reading the article it's clear Aboya has everything under control.
"Some players, the NBA is their do-or-die; they have to be there," he said. "It’s not mine. If I go, great. If I don’t go, great. That’s why I am maximizing all my opportunities."
And that word, opportunity, is one Aboya understands in any language.
We're gonna miss the big guy.