ALUMNI: Obi Agu Q&A

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Obi Agu represented Youngbloods at Junior National Level for several years attending St Bonaventure’s for secondary education, eventually moving on to Barking Abbey Basketball Academy and then took his trade to the United States of America at Western Wyoming Community College. During his time at Youngbloods, he was the captain of the first Youngbloods side to reach the Basketball England Junior National Final Fours as well as reaching the Semi-Finals of the U16s National Cup.

Career to Date

  • National Schools Finals U15 & U16 (St Bonaventure’s) 2012/2013
  • National Schools Finals U16 (St Bonaventure’s) 2013/2014
  • National League Playoff Finals U16 (Newham Youngbloods) 2013/2014
  • Midnight Madness Finalist 2015
  • EABL East Conference First Team (Barking Abbey) 2015/2016
  • Selected for the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic 2016
  • Ranked 20th in the Nation 2016 – Deng Camp Top50
  • EABL National Champion 2017 (Barking Abbey)
  • NBL D2 Playoff Champions 2017 (Kent Crusaders)
  • NBL D2 National Champions 2017 (Kent Crusaders)
  • Ranked 15th the Nation 2017 – Deng Camp Top50
  • Made the Great Britain U20 National Team 2017
  • Finished 3rd at the U20 European Championships earning promotion to FIBA Europe Division A
  • Signed Scholarship to Western Wyoming Community College 2017

What has been the most interesting/exciting experience in Basketball?

The most interesting and exciting experience in basketball for me so far had been being able to represent my country in the European Championships and helping them getting promoted to Division A. As well as having the opportunity to travel around the world competing against top athletes,

What way did your time at Youngblood’s influence you?

My time at Youngbloods influenced me in a number of ways both on and off the court. The coaches at the club allowed me to understand what it takes to be the best on-court and the life skills and values you need to have off the court to be a good role model and successful person in life.

Is there anywhere in the club/in London that holds any special memories of your basketball days with us, or do you have a favourite memory of your time at Youngbloods?

My favourite memory of my time at Youngbloods was my U16 season with the team and Coach Aaron Senior. It was the last time I would be playing with players that I have grown up with and considered family and we all had one goal in mind, and that was to with the national championship. Although we fell short and came 2nd the journey itself was what made it special.

Who/what has been most inspirational to you in your life?

The coaching staff as a whole had been the most inspirational to me, from Coach Stephen Onireti, first telling me to join when I was 11 years old and still helping me develop as a player to this day.Coach Rebecca King teaching me life values that have stuck with me throughout my career. Coach Caroline Charles for helping me become a strong and dominant player. And finally, Coach Aaron Senior helping me become the leader I am today and teaching me different aspects of basketball and academic life whilst increasing my basketball IQ level. They have all inspired me to work hard and become the player I am today.

What advice would you give to students/alumni for success in life after Youngbloods?

Never forget where you came from and what you have learned along the way. Always remember that there will always be people from the club whether your coaches or teammates that will always do whatever they can to help you succeed in life. No matter what you do stay focussed and always keep working as hard as you can.

Photo Credit – Great British Basketball, Hoopsfix,