Alum to play in NCAA tournament for Harvard

Henry Vogel

Three years after winning CIF as a junior on the boys’ basketball team, Zena Edosomwan ’12 is preparing for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament as a freshman forward on the Harvard University basketball team.

In his first season at Harvard, Edosomwan averaged 5.7 minutes per game and score in double figures in one game.  He was a member of one of the best teams in Harvard history. The squad was the first in the Ivy League to go undefeated on the road en route to winning the Ivy League championship.

“It’s cool to be a part of that,” Edosomwan said. “I’ve had some moments where I’ve had good games, and I’ve had some moments where I didn’t play a lot, but it’s all a learning experience. I’m a freshman and I’m still working and it’s all good.”

Before attending Harvard University as a basketball recruit, Edosomwan enrolled at Northfield Mount Hermon Prep School in addition with his high school teammate Josh Hearlihy ’12 for one year where he helped the team win the prep school national championship.

“Living away from home at prep school really helped me mature,” Edosomwan said. “It was good to go against taller guys and greater competition.”

At Northfield Mount Hermon, Edosomwan played on a team with seven future Division I players.  One of his opponents had seven Division I players with two going to Syracuse, one to North Carolina State and another going to West Virginia.

Edosomwan was the tallest on his high school team while at Harvard-Westlake, yet at Northfield Mount Hermon, he was only the fifth tallest player on his team.

After the tournament selections finished on Sunday, Edosomwan says the team will continue practicing like they always do.

With the smaller gaps in between games during the tournament, he says they will need to work even harder than they have the whole season, yet the focus is very good for the team so he is looking forward to it, Edosomwan said.