Friday, December 24, 2010

A Foreign Dream

We all love the Jared Sullinger's and Kyle Singler's of basketball. When a story develops about a college "superstars" tough background we become very interested in that player, even if we don't know them.
Now picture this: A young boy growing up on a farm in Kazakhstan who comes to America when he is 6 years old because his mother wants to give her family a better opportunity. He spoke very little English and had a passion for following the Knicks vs. Pacers rivalry. It was him and his Sega Genesis, as he continued to always play NBA games. He got very little time playing backyard basketball in his neighborhood, but he chose to sit and watch the outstanding talent within his Russian dominated community.
I know what you're thinking...this is a no name player that I am writing about so that he can become known as a "superstar". Well, Anatoly Bose is already a superstar. This 6 ft 6 senior plays at Nicholls State in Louisiana. But his story doesn't end there, because at the age of 12 he moved to Australia, however he continued to admire players such as Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick. Bose soon headed back to the states though becaue he wanted to pursue a career in basketball.
You think you were busy with college applications? Try being Anatoly and sending out 600 letters to Division I and II schools telling each university about his background and experience with basketball. Nicholls State assistant coach saw his email and became veyr curious about Bose.
Bose's story and journey across the world has allowed him to be one of the most successful players in college basketball. He is ranked third in the nation in scoring, in which he is averaging 25 points a game and scores close to 37% of his teams points. Watch out for Bose, he's proven that nothing is a foreign dream in the world of sports.

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