SPOTLIGHT ON TALENT: PRECIOUS ACHIUWA
Forward, St. Benedict’s Prep, 2019
In order to walk in the footsteps of God’s Gift you must be Precious. Now in his junior year at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, Precious Achiuwa is sure to live up to the family’s name sake. God’s Gift is Precious’s older brother, who played basketball for St. John’s University. He was named to the 2013-2014 Big East All-American team and was selected as WNYC player of the year. “God’s Gift is my role model. I admire his drive, athleticism, and I look up to him,” says Precious, the 6’9”, 210lb not-so- little younger brother. Precious is one of six children born to Donatus and Eunice Achiuwa. Like Precious and God’s Gift, all of the Achiuwa siblings have meaningful names: Grace, Peace, God’s Will, and Promise.
Originally from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Precious has found a home at St. Benedicts Prep. Walking through Penn Station with Precious is no easy task. He was constantly stopped by people asking, “How’s the air up there? How tall are you? Do you play basketball?” He answered every question respectfully and with a smile. Precious is an extremely humble person who does not let such attention go to his head. “Precious is a triple treat in my eyes. He is not only a very talented basketball player, but an amazing role model for the younger players, and an exceptional student, which at the end of the day, is most important,” says Associate Head Coach Art Pierson.
Precious’s achievements off the court are equally impressive. He has volunteered his time to feed the hungry and homeless with the community group Dominion City, based out of New York City. “Being involved in community services helps humble me and makes me be thankful to God for what I have,” he said. One of his bucket list items is to live in Europe and play at least one professional soccer game. He enjoys playing FIFA In his free time as well as watching movies and basketball film. His dream job is to play basketball in the NBA. If his high school career is any indication, Precious should have no difficulty achieving his goals. Precious participated in the Shirts vs Skins Tournament last year and did exceptionally well. Having defeating St. Frances Academy from Baltimore 63-56, St. Benedict’s Prep is sure to be a crowd favorite once again. The committee is excited to have Precious, as well as the entire St. Benedicts team, back for another high energy game.