For the scores of fans who watched zone 1 of the Indomie sponsored Under-18 basketball championship over the weekend, it was palpably clear that the game was not something Dansoman’s chief handler, Joel could fake and the nomadic life of a basketball player was written all over him.
The 16-year-old was s revelation at the one-day championship on the centre court of the International Gospel Church, producing some breath-taking performances on the day.
Joel looks shy but when he gets into his ‘swind’ he’s awesome. Massive talent been tapped at a young age is commendable and Nigerian-born coach Feranmi Olunloyo should be singled out for praise for building the capacity of his team especially the individual brilliance of Joel.
Before jumped ball, there was chance to talk to the players and my first encounter with him gave me a sense he was one of the players who could steal the show on the afternoon. And it didn’t take long before his opening touches showed that my intuitions were right after all.
He took the game to Kaneshie and it was obvious Coach Sam Tagoe didn’t have answers to his onslaught and he could only fold his arms and watch the youngster torment the defending champions.
Of course he also made some ‘unpardonable’ mistakes in the game and quite clearly the championship will afford him the chance to make amends and learn new traits. He still has a long way in learning some of the basics but surely he’ll come along with time.
It may be early days yet, but he’s one of the few players in the Dansoman set-up who can inspire them to the top, all things being equal.
The popular Community Dunks has always produced fresh talents and season-3 won’t be exception and Joel is filling the void, at least from zone 1.
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