NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball forward Samson Oyediran (London, England) attended two conferences this summer as a result of winning the prestigious Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) Career Development Award from the NCAA.
“The honor that Samson received is one of the biggest honors that a student-athlete could get,” Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “Looking at the overall academic challenge especially for a school that doesn’t quite have the same resources as the bigger FBS schools, Samson was in a lot of competition, and he won out.”
Oyediran, who is a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll member, was selected out of a pool of applicants who were interested in pursuing a career in athletics, completed their sophomore year and had a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better.
Through the program, Oyediran attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. – June 1-4 and the AASP Conference in New Orleans, La. – July 27-28.
“It was amazing,” Oyediran said “It made my summer. I usually don’t get to travel so much, but really getting to see other athletes and more of the NCAA, not just the sports side but all the other things that go into it, it was great. I wish the opportunity for people coming after me because it was a great experience.”
At the AASP Conference, Oyediran served on a panel that addressed the group. Among the topics Oyediran touched on were being an international student, how to adjust to the American culture and how administration and advisors can make it easier for international student-athletes.
Phillips, who was in attendance with other TSU athletic administrators, was impressed with how Oyediran handled himself at the conference.
“What really got me was being at the luncheon in which Samson was on the panel. He was so well-spoken and so well-prepared. It may have been one of my proudest moments being at an external event in which one of our student-athletes performed on or off the court.”