County Upper School’s Abraham Ekepoua, Jake Ebbon and Frank Kachela have become the latest to secure places with an American University.
Both Ekepoua and Ebbon, who have been part of Darren Johnson’s basketball side for a number of years, have agreed to sign with Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana, where they will continue their basketball careers and education with the NJCAA Division One School.
The move is a great opportunity for the pair, who will now learn under the guidance of coach Don Mast, who has 31 years of experience as a basketball coach and will be entering his 22nd season with the Buccaneers.
Reflecting on the move, Ekepouka said: “County Upper has taught me a lot of things on and off the court.
“Coach Johnson took me under his wing and spoke to me about my potential and how far I could go if I kept working hard.
“In the end my hard work paid off and with coach’s help I was able to get a scholarship.
“I just want to thank coach Johnson for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself and sticking with me during my ups and downs at County Upper Basketball Academy.”
Meanwhile, Ebbon also took the opportunity to praise Johnson, adding: “Before joining County Upper Basketball and meeting coach Johnson, I had no clue I could have a future career playing basketball.
“It has been challenging but rewarding and I thank Coach Johnson for believing in me and getting me a step closer to my dream.”
Meanwhile, Kachela has agreed to join Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin, where he will become part of Scot Vesterdahl’s Wolfpack.
Speaking of all three of his players’ moves stateside, Johnson is confident they can all make an impact on the court.
“Playing at Dawson Community College will be a huge challenge for Abraham both academically and athletically, but I feel he is ready,” he said.
“Jake has taken great strides in maturing as a young man as well as developing into a versatile and effective player in the game.
“I feel Frank will make the most of this opportunity and I wish him a great season with Madison.”