By Kaylee M. King
DONALDSON, IN – Samson Oyediran recently signed his National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at Tennessee State in Nashville, TN for the 2015-16 school year.
Oyediran, from London, England, was a part of the Ancilla men’s basketball team for the 2014-2015 season. The Chargers went 17-13 in the overall season and 8-8 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference, qualifying for the National Junior College Athletic Association District 9 Tournament.
“Samson is a great kid and we were blessed to have him a part of our program,” remarked Ancilla College head coach Aaron Butcher. “While he didn’t get to play for us this year, he still had a major impact on the team winning the second most games in school history. Samson is humble, mature and will have a big impact on the Tennessee State program. I look forward to watching him continue to develop and seeing the success he will have at the Division 1 level.”
Tennessee State Men’s Basketball, under the direction of head coach Dana Ford, plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Tigers had a 5-26 overall season with a 2-14 conference record for the 2014-15 season.
When asked why he chose Tennessee State, Oyediran replied, “I chose TSU because I believe it’s a great program where I can make an impact. Coach Ford is a great coach who demands a lot. I want to help TSU win the Ohio Valley Conference and I believe Coach Ford will push me to be the best player I can possibly be.”
“Samson Oyediran is the true definition of a student-athlete,” remarked Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese. “He struggled through adversity and showed top-quality character during his time at Ancilla.”
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.