Paths crossed and lives changed in Borger

Chris Tawiah dunks in the Frank Phillips College.

The dream of playing on a NCAA Division I basketball team started for Chris Tawiah as a young child in Milton Keynes, England.

That dream was a bit shaky his freshman year at Iowa Central Community College. Tawiah started only two games and barely maintained the minimum grade point average.

But there was a man coaching in Borger, Texas, also from England, who had heard of Tawiah when he played high school ball.

Menâ??s basketball head coach at Frank Phillips College, Chris Hackett, knew the 6â??10 player had the agility and strength and wanted to put it to the test.

Coach Hackett recruited Tawiah for his sophomore season and thatâ??s when the Division I dream turned into a reality.

Tawiah started 17 games for Frank Phillips College, shooting almost 60 percent from the field, averaging 8.6 point and 9.1 rebounds a game. He became the best player on the best team in the conference; and he was an honor roll student.

Tawiah signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in April.

He leaves for Corpus in a few weeks, but heâ??ll never forget the coach from his native country who pushed him to success, and that Division I scholarship.

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