Edrine Okong grew up in Uganda playing cricket and soccer, like most kids in the African nation, and started attending summer golf camps at age 7.
He also watched basketball on television, admiring Warriors guard Stephen Curry from afar. But golf was Okong’s priority — he caddied for his older brothers, embraced the game’s self-reliance and became skilled enough to come to the U.S. to play at Division II Livingstone College in North Carolina.
Still, he harbored grander ambitions. Then, last year, an unlikely avenue opened: Curry, an avid golfer, donated more than $1 million to create a Division I program at Howard University, one of the country’s most prestigious historically Black colleges.
Okong eventually connected with coach Sam Puryear and transferred to Howard. Now Okong, an honors student in computer information systems, savors his impending chance to play at the college game’s highest level — and he knows who