Being an undergraduate college athlete can be stressful enough, but Chris Angsomwine, senior forward for the men’s basketball team at Texas Wesleyan and business administration major, is not a typical student athlete.
Angsomwine recently graduated from Wesleyan in the December 2012 ceremony but is still continuing to play for the men’s basketball program at Wesleyan because he is now pursing his masters degree.
Angsomwine was born in Ghana, Africa but came to the United States for college basketball. Prior to Wesleyan he played one season at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, one season at Kilgore College, and one season at Harcum College in Pennsylvania.
Angsomwine said he will be getting his masters in business administration.
“I wanted to continue with my masters because I thought it was going to give me better job opportunities,” Angsomwine said. “After I graduate, I would like to look for a job that allows me to utilize my degree hopefully in the oil industry.”
Brennen Shingleton, head men’s basketball coach, said this is Chris’s second season with the Rams and he has made quite an impression.
“Chris is a fierce competitor, a hard worker, great team defender and a great teammate,” Shingleton said. “He has been a leader of our basketball team from the time he arrived on our campus. He is a great student athlete. He also has been a part of our student athlete guidance committee for the school.”
Shingleton said Angsomwine is very dedicated and his success is all because of that dedication.
“It makes me proud that our program has young men like this in it, but all the success falls on Chris,” Shingleton said. “He is the one that was driven enough to take the classes, complete the course work and stay motivated to do it in that particular time table.”
Angsomwine said playing basketball and getting his masters is harder than playing as an undergraduate.
“It is hard because you have to be able to manage your time in order to get things done,” Angsomwine said. “The masters program I am working in is a two year program.”
Brian Talley, senior guard and accounting major, said not only is Chris a great ball player, but he brings leadership.
“He is a hard worker and brings us leadership on and off the court,” Talley said. “He gives us a lot of energy when he gets in the game and works hard all the time.”
Talley said Angsomwine is also beneficial for the team because he brings in rebounds.
Shingleton said Angsomwine sets an excellent example for other players on the team.
“I think the obvious [example] is how he handles his business off the court, it’s a direct relationship to the success that he will have after college,” Shingleton said. “Chris is the epitome of what a student athlete should be and what we strive to have in our program every year. What he has accomplished in the short period of time here is quite remarkable, and I’m proud to say that he is here and will always have played at TWU.”