Jesse Chuku came to the USA in the summer of 2010 from England with a plan, that plan was to use his athletic abilities to get a free education, while getting a first class education from Kimball Union Academy.
This started off great, as Jesse was a focal point of the team since he first got there. Jesse can be described as a 6’7 combo forward with skills to play at any division one level. Jesse also He was also a key contributor to the England Under 18 National team in 2010.
Following his official visit this weekend Jesse has committed to Lehigh University, Jesse missed last season due to a rare occurrence that affected mostly his lungs. With sheer will and determination Jesse worked religiously and came back even stronger. Jesse went and hit the circuit hard with something to prove.
He was was selected to represent Boston at the Reebok Headliner camp, which was held in Philadelphia during the live period. Jesse went on to play for Metro Boston and Coach Mo last spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
Jesse was also a key contributor to the England Under 18 National team in 2010. And has plans to continue to represent his country. We sat down with Jesse and talked about his commitment and how things are going for him.
Why did you choose Lehigh?
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
“My versatility filling different roles offensively and defensively is one of my main strengths. However I feels as though I need to become a better leader by example for the younger guys on my team.”
How did Kimball Union help you develop on and off the court?
“I learned how to manage my time between the classroom and the court while learning what it takes to play at the next level.”
How did you end up at Kimball?
“I sent emails and game-tape out to Kimball union and a few other prep schools, and Kimball was the school that expressed interest.”
How did AAU Change your life?
“I learnt allot about American lifestyle when I was living and hanging around with my team during the summer.”
Tell the readers about Jesse off the court?
“I like hanging around with my friends and I’m always just trying to have fun in any situation. I’m a huge Wale fan and kind of a computer geek.”
“Garnett, LeBron and Carmelo”
Who is your biggest supporter?
“My Family and my coaches from London: Che Porteus and James Markam.”
Describe your AAU coach in one word?
What are you going to miss the most about AAU?
“Playing in front of an array of college coaches it was fun, Coach Mo gave everyone freedom to showcase their talent while keeping a good structure. I made good friends on the team and had a memorable summer.”
Tell the readers about your homeland England?
“Basketball is poorly funded in England and it’s near impossible to even find an indoor gym to just play pickup in. Many players over there are trying to play overseas but lack of exposure and help is what is holding many guys back. However things are slowly getting better, I think they will be many more British guys doing their thing here soon. England is great you really got to go there to experience it. Words can’t do it justice but, its a beautiful place; great food, great people, there are also some talented basketball players.”