Wednesday, August 1, 2012

UIS hosting party to watch former Prairie Star player in Olympics

The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting a party on its campus Thursday to watch former UIS standout Richard Oruche compete for the Nigerian men’s basketball team in the London Olympics.

Nigeria is scheduled to tip off at 4:15 p.m. against the United States, which has Lanphier High School graduate Andre Iguodala on its roster.

The party is from 4-7 p.m. in the Stars Lounge located in UIS’ Student Life Building on the east side of campus. Visitors should park in Lot B. The game will be broadcast live on a large screen and on several televisions. Free food and soft drinks will be available.

Oruche holds dual Nigerian and U.S. citizenship. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria. He was born and raised in suburban Chicago.

The 24-year-old played two seasons for UIS after transferring from Northern Illinois University. He was the Prairie Stars’ go-to player as a senior and averaged 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. He graduated with a degree in business administration in 2010.

The watch party was featured in a August 1, 2012, article in the State Journal-Register.

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