Granted, given that I don’t commit a lot of attention to the matriculation habits of high school basketball players, one would suspect that a person such as I who runs such a totally
bitchin’ half-assed sports blog would have at least heard about a guy with such a unique name. But nope. This is the first time I have heard the name of basketball player God’s Gift Achiuwa.
Named God’s Gift due to his family’s deeply-held religious beliefs, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Erie (N.Y.) Community College has elected to commit to St. John’s University and coach Steve Lavin.
The Nigerian native, whose father is a minister, chose St. John’s over Washington and Cincinnati.
Achiuwa averaged 22.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for Erie last season and adds some much-needed size to the wing-heavy recruiting class. He will have two years of eligibility with the Red Storm.
“Gift is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill,” Lavin said. “He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play.”
Sounds like a helluva baller. Nevertheless, that is a fair amount of pressure to bestow upon a child by naming him something like God’s Gift. What? Was Divine Angel Holy Messiah Jesus already taken? Although it appears God’s Gift has risen to challenge and embraced the relative holiness of his name. Much like I have risen to the lofty expectations involved with wearing this t-shirt out in public. Yep, I’m a real ladykiller.