QEA point guard chooses Tulane

QEA's Renathan Ona Embo is a talented point guard who expects to start immediately this fall as a freshman at Tulane University. (Submitted photo)

QEA point guard chooses Tulane
June 23
03:00 2016

Basketball has been a part of Quality Education Academy’s (QEA) Senior point guard Renathan Ona Embo’s life since he was 3 years old.  He has given his  commitment to attend Tulane University in the fall and play basketball for the Green Wave.

The 6-foot-5-inch combo guard helped lead QEA to a 20-5 record this season while showcasing his talents on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

His long arms and wide wingspan coupled with his quickness allows him to cover smaller guards. His height and size allow him to match up with stronger guards and forwards as well.

Ona Embo was born in Paris, France, and was raised in Marne-la-Vallee, which is right outside of Paris.  He came to the United States three years ago and stated that he has wanted to play college basketball ever since.

“QEA has been a learning experience for me,” Ona Embo said.  “Being here has made me mature and grow as a player.”

Ray, as he is affectionately called,  said he grew up watching his father and his siblings play basketball and that made him fall in love with the game.  He said that ever since he stepped foot on American soil, he has wanted to compete against the best.

Ona Embo, who just concluded his first season at QEA, previously played basketball at Balboa City in San Diego, California.  He said he enjoyed his time at QEA and was most fond of the bond he built with his teammates and time he spent with them.

“Ray was a joy to coach and his basketball I.Q. is off the charts,” said QEA head coach Isaac Pitts.  “You don’t find many guys 6-foot-5 who have that type of athleticism and can dominate on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He can shoot, pass and he rarely turns the ball over, so he is a complete player. I expect him to go to Tulane and start right away.”

Ona Embo stated he is excited about his transition to college and is ready to compete Day One on the court. He said he looks to learn as much as he can as quickly as possible.  He said he chose to attend Tulane over schools like Old Dominion because after his visit and speaking with the coaching staff, he felt very comfortable, and the opportunity to start as a freshman was very enticing.

Ona Embo has high expectations for his career at Tulane.

“I just want to get better and become a very complete player,”  he said.

With his play-making ability and defensive prowess, the sky’s the limit for this athlete.

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