Olajuwon: A dream of faith, knowledge and learning
Redshirt junior Valentine Sangoyomi is one athlete on the Cougar men’s basketball team who has felt the influence of Olajuwon. Growing up in Lagos, Sangoyomi said it was impossible not to hear people talk about Olajuwon, even before Sangoyomi started playing basketball.
And even though Sangoyomi is a Christian, the way Olajuwon played and lived his life has remained a model to the 6’8 center.
“He’s just been a great role model for me,” Sangoyomi said. “Everyone talks about him so much back home. When I came to visit (Houston) I knew I wanted to play here because I see all the legacy Hakeem laid down. I’m looking up to him every single time.”