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Storrs - Nnamdi Amilo, a junior from New Fairfield who spent last season as a walk-on for the UConn men's basketball team, was awarded a scholarship for the 2014-15 season, coach Kevin Ollie announced Monday.
Amilo, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound forward, saw action in two games last season, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds. His work against the UConn big men daily in practice, however, proved invaluable as the Huskies prepared for games on their way to the 2014 national championship.
"Nnamdi is a terrific young man who we're proud to have as part of our family," Ollie said in a press release. "He's a hard worker on the court, doing whatever we need him to do to make his teammates better, he's an outstanding student in the classroom and he's a young man of the highest character. I'm very happy to be able to give him a scholarship."
Amilo, a molecular cell biology major with plans of a career in medicine, is also a resident adviser on the Storrs campus. He graduated from Avon Old Farms in 2012 as the top scholar in his class and a member of the Cum Laude Society. Amilo played three years of varsity basketball at Avon under coach Tim Roller.
Amilo's scholarship brings the total number of scholarship players on the 2014-15 Huskies to 12.
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