INDIANAPOLIS --- Tennessee State men’s basketball redshirt sophomore Samson Oyediran (London, England) earned the prestigious Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) Career Development Award handed out by the NCAA, it was announced on Tuesday.
The award provides two student-athletes, one male and one female, the opportunity to attend the Career in Sports Forum and the Accelerating Academic Success Program Conference this summer. Oyediran was selected from a pool of 31 nominees.
“It’s an honor to be nominated for this award,” Oyediran said. “I am blessed to be able to represent the university and athletic department in a positive light.”
The London, England native has helped the Tigers post a 37-24 overall record during his two seasons in Nashville. A standout in the classroom, Oyediran carries a 3.90 grade point average and earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for the 2015-16 academic year.
“I was so excited when I heard one of our student-athletes had been chosen for this opportunity,” Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “When I found out it was Samson, I was just so pleased for him, and I think it will be a great opportunity. It’s very refreshing when you have a student-athlete with a career goal in mind and there are steps in place for him to try to make it a reality.”
To be eligible for the award, nominated student-athletes had to meet the following criteria:
- Be interested in pursuing a career in athletics
- Have completed their sophomore year
- Be eligible for athletics competition
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
- Be available to attend both designated professional development events.