SDSU coach recruits first player

August 25, 2017 by  

Brian Dutcher, SDSU’s new basketball coach, recently recruited his first prep player, receiving a verbal commitment from Joel Mensah, a 6’10” senior from Junipero Serra Catholic High School, located in San Juan Capistrano. ESPN has given Mensah a four-star rating.

Mensah is from Ghana, where his potential was first recognized thanks to a program developed by Kwaku Amoaku. Amoaku’s parents are from Ghana, and the family came to the area when his father was hired to teach music at Cal State San Marcos. Amoaku played basketball in high school and college, loved the sport, and wanted to find a way to bring his love of the game together with his parents’ heritage.

In 2010, he created the African Youth Basketball Organization, which holds yearly camps in Ghana to find talented young players. Such promising youngsters are brought to the United States and enrolled in high school to develop their potential. Mensah was one such person.

Amoaku, who is now coaching at Miramar College where he’s known as “Coach Ku,” says that having Mensah pledge to SDSU is surreal. He knows the SDSU staff, and is grateful for their help, saying that having Mensah attend the school is important to him and the program.

SDSU officials could work with a brochure printing company to create a booklet about both their program and that of Coach Ku. Brochures like these can help in student recruitment.