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‘Irish Hulk’ sets his sights on the NBA

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018 1:00pm
‘Irish Hulk’ sets his sights on the NBA

The Dublin Lions basketball player, Aidan Harris Igiehon – ‘The Irish Hulk’. PHOTOS: PAUL SHERWOOD

‘Irish Hulk’ sets his sights on the NBA

The Dublin Lions basketball player, Aidan Harris Igiehon – ‘The Irish Hulk’. PHOTOS: PAUL SHERWOOD

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A TEENAGE basketball prodigy known as the ‘The Irish Hulk’ was back in his home town last week to take part in a coaching session with local kids.

At just 17-years-of-age, Aidan Harris Igiehon, from Clondalkin, is set to take America’s NBA by storm.

Last week, this 6’10” high school student who is set to be a sporting superstar of the future was back in Dublin from the US to play with the Abbey Seals Dublin Lions Basketballers.

Aidan left Ireland in 2014 to pursue his basketball dreams, and with a frame already built like an NBA player has become a rising Senior at the exclusive Lawrence Woodmere Academy in New York.

The Southsider discovered his love of the sport aged 12 at his club, the Abbey Seals Dublin Lions Basketballers and moved to the US when he was offered a scholarship at the academy following a trip the club had organised to the States.

Since then, his rise has been stellar: Aidan has been scouted by over 30 US colleges and narrowed down his interest to 10 high profile universities which included Georgetown, Stanford, Louisville, University of Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Oregon and St John’s.

He is what is termed a 5-star recruit, climbing up the top 21 high school basketball players in the USA and recently completed a camp with Stephen Curry, long considered one of the NBA’s top players.

Aidan was home last week on a flying visit to play in his former club’s August Classic, taking place at Oblate Hall and Coláiste Bríde, which are both located in Inchicore, Dublin 8. 

Players at this year’s Classic included Kevin Anyanwu and Max Amadasun, both Abbey Seals Dublin Lions players who also attend High School in America and are also hoping to turn professional.

Also attending was Latrell Wilson, a standout member of the team. Currently recovering from an injury, he is expected to make a successful comeback to the Abbey Seals Dublin Lions.

“It all started working out for me at age 13 when I grew nine inches in one year,” Aidan revealed. “Not only did I grow tall I also got very athletic. It set me up for a career in basketball.”

Aidan has been back and forward to his home in Clondalkin where his mums still lives several times since he moved to the States.

Happily, he has been able to bring her with him for visits to New York.

This year, Abbey Seals International Ltd – located locally to Abbey Seals Dublin Lions Basketballers in the John F Kennedy Industrial Estate just off the Naas Road in Dublin 12 – is sponsoring the Dublin Lions Men’s National League basketball team, which is now called the ‘Abbey Seals Dublin Lions’.

 “Abbey Seals is delighted to sponsor the Abbey Seals Dublin Lions for the upcoming 2018/2019 season,” said company spokesperson Sinead Holt, who added, “we wish them every success in their endeavours this season.

“Supporting a team at grass roots level who are doing so much in the local community is an initiative we are delighted to be a part of.”

The Dublin Lions Basketball team, Kevin Anyanwu, Max Amadasun, Aidan Harris Igiehon ‘The Irish Hulk’, and Latrell Wilson, pictured at Cholaiste Bride, Clondalkin.

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