FIU - Florida International University

01/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2020 19:32

The No. 1 shot blocker in the NCAA plays at FIU

Assistant coach Joey Rodriguez chased Osaghae down to the parking lot and asked him to have patience. He decided to stay.

The next day at practice, Ballard surprised him with a scholarship.

'I can't even describe the feeling I felt. I was at a loss for words,' Osaghae said.

The new head coach offered Osaghae more than financial help. He gave him confidence. During their first meeting, Ballard told Osaghae that he could become the best defender in the nation.

'It took one meeting with him to tell that he had unbelievable spirit, unbelievable ambition, and was willing to put in the work to be great,' Ballard said.

And here Osaghae is today, the NCAA's leader in blocks.

What has his journey taught him?

'It just tells me you should never let a man tell you what you can or can't do,' Osaghae said. 'Opinions are just what people think, and the only ones that matters are your own.'