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DOCUMENTARY: From Little Jamaica to Dublin, Keowa Walters became a professional basketball player

Photo by Markus Spiske from Unsplash.

Keowa Walters is a 23-year-old Canadian professional Basketball player. She started to play basketball as a kid and never stopped since then. Years after years, she gained recognition among her coaches, until she went to study at the University at Buffalo, NY, US. While completing her bachelor’s degree, she changed universities and went to VCU Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, US.

Early career

In her junior season in high school, she played at The Rock School with fellow Bull Adebola Adeyeye under head coach Bert Quarles. She averaged 8.2 points and 12.3 rebounds during one season in Florida. She played her senior season at Vaughan Secondary School in Canada and earned SIAA First Team honours and NACA First Team honours during her senior season at Vaughan. She also earned the Ontario Scholar-Athlete Award and SIAA All-Academic team honours in her senior season.

Photo by Ben Hershey from Unsplash.

Buffalo, NY

While studying at Buffalo, Keowa appeared in 19 games during her freshman campaign. She averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, she appeared in 30 games while playing for the Bulls. She was averaging 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, a big step forward for Keowa. She played in different parts of the US such as San Jose, Columbia, and Ohio.

In 2020-2021, she appeared in all 24 games. Her average career points were 6.1 and 5.7 rebounds. She earned Academic All-MAC honours for the second time in her Buffalo career.

VCU, VA

While at VCU, Keowa struggled with mental health, in which she explains in this documentary. Her grandmother has been her biggest support throughout her career. Taking her to games, and making sure she would eat enough after, Jacqueline offers us a touching testimony about her role in her granddaughter’s career.

Killester Basketball Club, Dublin, Ireland

Keowa was offered a professional contract initially in Finland. Struggling with the language barrier, she contacted her agent and managed to get a contract in Dublin, Ireland: her first professional contract. She is now completing a Master’s degree at Griffith College while playing for Killester.

In this documentary, we have explored Keowa’s journey to becoming a professional basketball player abroad. She explains her career from Little Jamaica, Canada where she grew up, to where she is now in Dublin. Her grandmother Jacqueline came from Canada, and we had the chance to interview her to understand the huge role she played in Keowa’s career development.

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