Basketball star, God's Gift, may bless the NCAA

Junior college basketball star, God's Gift Achiuwa, demands attention for both his unusual name and stellar play...


From Providence’s God Shammgod to Seattle’s Austen Powers to Alabama State’s Chief Kickingstallionsims, college basketball has featured dozens of players with memorable names.

By this time next year, we could have another name to add to the list.

Meet God’s Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9 forward at Erie Community College who has already caught the attention of some high-profile Division I programs because of both his stellar play and unusual name. The Nigeria native’s father is a minister, so the first name he chose for his son is a reflection of the family’s devout religious beliefs.

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“His name is the first thing that anyone asks about when they meet him,” Erie coach Alex Nwora said by phone. “Everyone thought it was a nickname or something, but that’s his real name. Fortunately, he’s a religious kid, so he likes it.”

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