Prepare for takeoff.
Five years ago, Zuby Ejiofor hadn't started playing basketball. Today, he's the 4th-ranked basketball recruit in Texas (37th in the nation) for the Class of 2022.
How did the junior power-forward skyrocket to the top of the TXHS Hoops world? Well, for starters, it helps to be a 6'8", 220+ pound freak athlete with a 7-foot wingspan. Still, the story behind Zuby's basketball journey isn't your typical path.
After Ejiofor won VYPE DFW's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year Fan Poll, we sat down with the Garland junior to go in depth about his game, his teammates and his future.
VYPE: Tell us a bit about your start to basketball. We understand you spend some time as a child in Nigeria, is that where you learned the game?
ZE: I was born here in the States but my parents moved us to Nigeria when I was young. My parents decided to move us back here when I was in the 6th grade. I didn't start playing basketball until I was in the 8th grade. My AAU Coach, Coach Andy, was in the stands watching me when I was playing for McMillan. After the game he asked me to join his Thunder Elite team. From that moment on I started to take basketball more seriously and started to improve my game.
VYPE: Take us through your gameday routine. Do you have any rituals or superstitions you adhere to?
ZE: I start my game routine the night before the game by going to bed early. I would go to my Coach Andy's house to focus and eat and get my mind set before I have to come back to school for the game.