During his senior season at Wiley College, Christopher Tawiah’s goals were to play professional basketball. After graduating last May, Tawiah is living his dream as he is playing for the BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec in the Czech Republic National Basketball League.
“It’s a wonderful feeling but a lot of hard work,” Tawiah said.
After last season, Tawiah hired an agent and created a highlight tape – which ultimately led to him getting a deal. The former Wiley College center made his debut on September 24 and scored 12 points. Tawiah is leading his team in rebounds at 5.8 per game through 12 games. His career best is 10 rebounds which he recorded twice. He is averaging 5.7 points per game. As a professional athlete in a different country, Tawiah has had a lot things to get used to.
“English is not their first language and I’ve had to adjust,” Tawiah said. “Living in my own apartment has made me more responsible. Now that I’m a professional athlete, I have to make sure I have good work ethic, performing well and being consistent. I have to make sure I manage my time and diet and remember I represent the team wherever I go.”
The attention Tawiah receives as a professional athlete is something new for him. Last season at Wiley College, Tawiah got off to a strong start and was of the NAIA leaders in rebounds. An infection in his elbow sidelined him for 12 games. He finished the season averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. Tawiah said his experience last year has made his opportunity more satisfying but also allowed him to mature.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Tawiah said. “Not being able to play basketball, allowed me to focus on my studies – which allowed me to graduate on time in the spring semester.”