Chasing Hoop Dreams – Adaora Elonu
Less than 1% of student athletes will reach their dream of being a professional athlete. Out of that 1% that does make it, the journey is long and full of hard work and perseverance. Houston hoops is known for its large pool of talented athletes, here is the journey of one player who is chasing her hoop dreams:
Adaora Elonu is a Houston native that attended high school at Elisk from 2004-2008, under Coach Johnson. In her senior year (2008) Elonu led her team to the State Quarterfinals. She was ranked in the top 50 prospects and the 6th ranked forward in the class of 2008. Turning down offers from Baylor, Kanas, and George Washington Adaora choose to attend Texas A&M, with whom she won the 2011 NCCA Championship.
In 2012 Adaora entered the WNBA draft, where at the end of the night she would go undrafted. Adaora could have ended her hoop dreams here, but instead she took the opportunity to play over-seas in Israel and Spain. For the last four summers Adaora decided to come back home to Houston, where she began working out with her trainer Kenny Howell, and the extra worked paid off.
In February Adaora would get one step closer to her dream by signing a training camp contract with the WNBA team Atlanta Dream. While practicing with the Nigeria National Team in preparation for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Adaora was offered a seven-day contract with the Atlanta Dream. The contract was signed August 10th, 2018. Adaora has currently been on the roster for 4 games; she had her first 1 minute in a game as a WNBA player on August 17th against the Phoenix Mercury. Atlanta Dream go into the 2018 WNBA playoffs number 1 in their conference.