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Tampa Prep student from Rwanda builds new life here

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Tampa Prep's Adonis Rwabigwi left his war ravaged country of Rwanda three years ago to live out the American dream. The Terrapins senior is making the most of his opportunities.

At six feet, eight inches tall, Adonis was a natural fit for basketball. He admits it wasn't as easy as he now makes it look.

"I couldn't understand how you could play inside the gym for 45 minutes," he said." I got used to it."

"He was rather raw," said Terrapin's Head Coach Joe Fenlon. "You know, he doesn't have bad habits. He came in and we had an opportunity to mold the kind of player that we would like to have at the high school level. Also give him the opportunity to excel at the next level."

Basketball isn't the main reason that Adonis came to America. He came here for the chance to cultivate his many talents, and his priorities don't start on the hardwoods.

"When I came here, I just wanted to go to school," Adonis said. "Just find an education and get a diploma. I want to be in architecture and engineering like my dad was. That was my goal."

His coach was impressed with his focus.

"He was a kid that came to us that wanted to be an engineer and architect," Fenlon said. "It's kind of crazy. Kids at that age don't know what they want to do. I'm still trying to figure it out, and I'm 50."

Adonis will get his shot at reaching his goals. He has accepted a full scholarship at Furman University. He have could played for a bigger basketball powerhouse, but education comes first. An artist at heart like is father, Adonis is a work of art.

"I'm only here because I got a chance to grab this ball," he said, pointing to a self-portrait. "Meet some people that play basketball. I just wanted to draw myself with a ball ahead of me. Where ever this takes me, that's where I'm going to go."

In a just short amount of time, Adonis is one young man that has really come a long way.

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