Always a Warrior: Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State’s Future

September 25th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli had dreams when he left his native Nigeria for the United States in July 2004—but they weren't of the hoops variety.

Already a high school graduate at the age of 14, his preferred path started in the classroom and would ideally end in the medical field.

"The plan was to come here to get a better education," Ezeli told Bleacher Report. "When I went to school, I wanted to be a doctor."

But the teenager's 6'5" frame, which has since swollen to 6'11" and 265 pounds, appeared built for the hardwood. A nudge from his uncle, Dr. Chuk Ndulue, pushed the young Ezeli onto the court, and what transpired next was a crash course in Basketball 101 that elevated him to the highest level of the sport.

With three NBA seasons under his belt, a world title to his name and a potentially lucrative contract coming his way shortly, he's now living the dream he never knew he had.


Planting a Seed

Education is a tool, a transportation device that can take you wherever your heart desires. That's the message Ezeli received early and oft ...

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