"Lost Boy" of Ethiopia Now Playing for Palm Beach Community College
|Photo: Palm Beach Community College|
A Boston Globe article tells of how as a child, Luony survived murderous Sudanese militias only to be "rescued" from poverty by basketball scouts who delivered him and a friend to a high school in Centereach, New York.
But tuberculous sidelined Luony. Meanwhile, his friend John Riek -- a towering 7-foot-2 -- proved
to be the superior basketball player. The twosome wanted to transfer from the school, but they say school officials threatened to have them deported if they followed through.
Eventually, another talent scout rescued them from that situation -- if only because Riek held such promise as a player. Had Luony sought aid purely from himself, he might have had a longer wait.
At Palm Beach CC, Luony is joined by a countryman, six-foot-11 Steven Gatkuoth. The Boston Globe article is here.