Guyanese national basketball players and Plaisance Guardians duo Akeem Cranston and Israel Yaw are sports scholarship recipients from ASA College in New York, United States.
This was confirmed by Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Technical Director Junior Hercules in an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday.
âThe scholarships have been made possible through the efforts of Gordon James through the Foundation Hope organization. The organizations that facilitated the processing and transition were the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation and the Guyanese Olympic Association, âHercules said.
He added, âAkeem Crandon will pursue an associate’s degree in health information medical records technology with an option to continue. Israel Yaw will pursue an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with the option to continue. “
The duo left the local shores yesterday to begin their freshman year. ASA College is a private, for-profit college with two branches in New York, New York, and Hialeah, Florida.
The establishment, which has three campuses, [Midtown, Manhattan, Downtown, Brooklyn and Hialeah, Florida], offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificates in the divisions of business administration, health disciplines, legal studies and computer technology.
The school participates in 13 programs in the New York section, while the Florida location is present in 10 disciplines. All programs participate in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Hercules further revealed: âBoth players represented Guyana at the recent FIBA ââWorld Cup pre-qualifying tournament in El Salvador and are among Guyana’s best young basketball players. Both players are members of the Plaisance Guardians Basketball Club and are students of the Government Technical Institute (Israel Yaw) and the President’s College (Akeem Crandon).
âOn behalf of the Guyana Basketball Federation, I wish both athletes success in their academic and basketball careers,â Hercules said.