BRADENTON -- Kenny Kadji embodies the spirit of Robert Frost's famed poem "The Road Less Traveled."
His basketball knowledge was limited, and he faced culture shock upon leaving his native Cameroon for IMG Academy before progressing to the college ranks at the University of Florida and University of Miami.
Now the 6-foot-11, 250-pounder is preparing for the NBA Combine and NBA Draft.
Kadji's hard work and determination have guided the forward to the verge of playing professional basketball.
Final exams end Wednesday at the University of Miami, but the studying and learning go on in Bradenton for former Hurricanes basketball players Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson and Julian Gamble.
They are participating in IMG Academy’s NBA Draft Training Program, and Shane Larkin is scheduled to join them Thursday night.
Mark Riddell is the Director of College Entrance Exam Preparation (SAT & ACT) at IMG Academy where he began working in 2006. Mark is the coordinator and leader of the college entrance exam preparation, but also recruits tutors to fill the growing need for additional one-one-one tutoring, which allows IMG students to have private learning opportunities and customize their educational experience. Prior to devoting himself to test preparation, Mark was a ranked ATP tour tennis professional and a decorated division I NCAA tennis player.
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The man in the purple turban and the boy in the black Under Armour workout shirt lock eyes the moment the Skype connection crackles to life. The man wipes away tears with his handkerchief before they reach his stringy white beard. More than 8,000 miles away, his son plays the role of global teenager, ducking questions about schoolwork with a nervous smile.