From Rejection to the Professional League: One Basketball Player’s Journey

Unlike some other professional athletes, it was never Chinemelu Elonu‘s plan to turn pro. In fact, Chinemelu, who was born in Enugu, Enugu State Nigeria and came to the U.S. when he was just a year and a half old, had a dream of working in the tech sector with computers. He didn’t actually become interested in basketball until his freshman year of high school.

That’s when he decided to try out for his school’s freshman team and, with his still undeveloped skills, he was rejected from the team.

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