The Richmond Register

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December 28, 2009

After a roundabout journey, Oppong finds a home at EKU

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He finished the season averaging nine points and five rebounds per game. So far this season, he has started all 11 games, has averaged 51 percent shooting and 11.5 points per game. His biggest impact has come against Ohio Valley Conference opponents. In two games — against Murray State and UT Martin, both on the road — Oppong averaged 18 points per contest and made 75 percent of his shots from three-point range.

“Papa is shooting the ball better from three much better than he did last year,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. “Last year, he was scoring at the same rate as he was now after a 10-game period, but he certainly is shooting the ball from deep much better this year.”

In the offseason, Oppong began working on defense and conditioning, leading to Neubauer describing him as one of the most improved players on the team.

“I put it a lot of hard work over the summer and I’m more confident in my game and my abilities. That’s important and it’s helped a lot,” Oppong said.

Unfortunately, at the end of this season, Oppong will have exhausted all of his NCAA eligibility. His general studies major is set up so he can attend a teacher’s college for one year in Canada and get a teaching certificate, with which he would like to teach physical education and history.

But for now, he’ll enjoy the quiet that comes with college life. Oppong has a large family, including seven siblings, so there aren’t many dull moments around his house in Toronto. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I call my house the zoo because we have so many people living there,” he said with a laugh. “There’s always something to do. I’m a family-type guy so I miss them from time to time but I have to keep my head focused on what I’m doing out here. It’s a lot more quiet here. Privacy never happens in my house there. Somebody’s always home. It’s not just my immediate family, we always have people coming through our house. My house is very lively, I like it.”

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