CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle has been named to Great Britain's 12-woman roster for the 2012 London Olympic Games, becoming just the second Olympian in Ivy League women's basketball history.
Fagbenle has helped Great Britain to a 6-6 record through 12 test matches during its Olympic tune up, averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. GB most recently defeated the world's fourth-ranked team, Czech Republic, on June 20 with Fagbenle netting 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a starting role. GB has also beaten ninth-ranked Korea, 11th-ranked Canada and 12th-ranked Argentina.
Great Britain began its training camp on May 5 with 20 women invited to compete for a roster spot. The team went through two rounds of cuts before the final 12-woman squad was announced. GB is scheduled to play seven more test matches before the Games begin. To view the complete roster, click here.
Great Britain, as host, received an automatic qualification to this year's Olympic women's basketball competition. The tournament is set to begin on Saturday, July 28 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. All games will be played at the newly built Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.
Fagbenle is only the second Olympian in Ivy League women's basketball history and just the fifth basketball Olympian in the Ancient Eight's storied history. She joins Brown's Martina Jerant (Canda, 1996), Princeton's Bill Bradley (United States, 1964) and Konrad Wysocki (Germany, 2008), and Dartmouth's Crawford Palmer (France, 2000).
Fagbenle matriculated to Camrbridge this past fall as the program's first-ever McDonald's All-American after concluding an incredibly successful high school career. She was ranked 13th overall in the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz, and was the fifth ranked forward on the list. She led Great Britain's U18 National Team to the 2010 Women's European Championship, and was named Great Britain's U18 Player of the Year as a result. As a senior at Blair Academy, she was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year after guiding her team to the state and MAPL championships . After sitting a year in residency, Fagbenle will enter the 2012-13 season as a sophomore at Harvard.
Shouldn't this news throw us into mourning?
Is it her father that is British or her grandfather?
A woman who probably cannot get to her father's compound unaccompanied
We should be collecting our tears with buckets for our lost generation
Hopefully this is not another abandoned kid like the Kris Akabusis and the Seals of this world
May God bless you with more and more kids.
Yes this should throw us in mourning, till we get our act together as a nation.
The Lady is in trouble if her husband sees this.
Cuz he might unleash the agility of a Tiger on her.
But that is if he is not afraid of making any more cubs.
As for the young lady, Ms. Teni Fagbenle, I extend my most sincere congrats. Both for making it to the Olympiads, and for finding a country that will support, nurture and treat her as the hero that she is.
This lady is not different from the millions of Nigerians that have dual citizenship and are making their adopted countries proud.
If she had been in Nigeria, neither her academic talents nor her athletic skills would have been fully appreciated and nurtured to its fullest potential the way the Brits have done for her.
Am proud of her and her accomplishments and Nigeria should be proud too. Indeed the entire black race should celebrate and take pride in her...
Na yam, abi na agidi?
Ignorance is a disease that has a cure...and the cure is real education..She's making use of all the resources available to her.
Anyway, Congratulations to Temi and family+ all supporters...
Congrats to our brother Tunde Fagbenle!
She is a woman o
Your sister not broda
Connect the dots! Temi is different from Tunde. Parents deserve kudos too.
For the avoidance of doubt, Temi, as tghe case with all are siblings, do visit Nigeria as frequently as possible. Indeed Temi was in Nigeria last December. As is the case these days, she carries passports of more than one country - Nigeria, UK, and US (where she was born - in Baltimore).
She is proud of Nigeria and would gladly have played for Nigeria, but sadly Nigeria has not shown herself deserving - again and again!
Whilst coaches and scouts all over the world were monitoring her achievements and chasing (yes, chasing) me as her father with calls, wherever I was (Nigeria, UK, US - they find my number) not once did I get any call from the Nigerian Basketball Association or federation. And that is with Temi's names blazoning "I am Nigerian" from the rooftop! Yet, I made some attempts to reach them to no avail!
In any case, what we are celebrating here is a Nigeria, albeit in the Diaspora, doing herself, her family and her countr(y, ies) proud, in the manner a Chiamanda, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, et al, are doing for our dear country even while abroad.