LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - When rising senior Emmanuella Edoka of the Women’s Basketball team registered for a basketball camp in Nigeria in 2010, she never could have predicted by 2017 she would be at Siena College about to finish her senior year and earn her degree in Economics while also playing basketball.
Edoka was walking home in Nigeria one day and passed a basketball court near her house. The 6-foot rising senior was told she should play and was then told about a camp she should check out. When she went to the camp in 2010, she was told to apply to a camp in the United States. She was accepted to the camp and got a call from the coach at Bishop Kearney in Rochester, New York. When she made the decision to go to Bishop Kearney to play basketball and continue her education she knew there was going to be more opportunities here in the United States. Edoka left behind five younger siblings and both parents, but knew she couldn’t stay in Nigeria just because homesickness threatened.