Friday, May 16, 2014

Senior Profile: Mike Ehilegbu ’14

When Mike Ehilegbu ’14 wants to improve on something, he knows how to put in the time.

As a result, he has improved as both a student and a basketball player during his four years at Randolph College.

Clay Nunley, head men’s basketball coach, pointed out recently that Ehilegbu’s best grades have come even as his classes have gotten harder. Also, his time spent working on basketball skills outside of regular practice time has paid off, making him one of the most dependable players on the team. Meanwhile, Ehilegbu also became more outspoken as a team leader.

At Randolph, Ehilegbu became interested in writing and he majored in communication studies. He decided to combine that with his interest in athletics, and he plans to pursue a career in sports journalism. “I hope I can develop a voice in sports so I can state a strong opinion and people will listen,” he said.

Ehilegbu was featured in this recent Randolph magazine story that followed up on several students who had been featured when they first arrived at Randolph. Since then, he continued to dominate on the basketball court. Ehilegbu led Randolph in minutes, points, rebounds and assists this season. His 158 defensive rebounds this year were third in the league and the most of any guard. He scored his 1,000th career point this season, too. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference named him to the All ODAC Men’s Basketball second team.