Eastlake North senior Aaron Broja last week announced his commitment to continue his education and basketball career at Hiram College.
Broja is excited about his opportunity to become the first member of his family to graduate from college.
“It’s like a dream come true for me,’ he said. “As a first generation American-Albanian, I am the first in my family to have the opportunity to earn a college education. To be able to play college basketball on top of getting an education is an amazing opportunity and I’m really excited and looking forward to my future.”
Hiram first noticed Broja at a NEO Youth Basketball showcase at Garfield Heights last summer. He has since built a strong relationship with the Terriers coaching staff and is excited to work with them in the future.
“They’ve been great to me and we’ve begun building a great relationship,” Broja said. “I’m really looking forward to learning a lot from them and improving my skills.”
Broja considered several other schools in Ohio and the surrounding states but settled on Hiram for a variety of reasons.
“I chose Hiram because of the opportunity to earn a degree from a great college that is located within an hour’s drive of my home,” he said. “After visiting Hiram it was an easy decision. I felt great chemistry with the coaching staff and everyone at admissions. It is definitely meant to be.”
At Hiram, Broja is expected to play power forward.
“This is a well-earned opportunity for Aaron,” North coach Rob Koelling said. “He is a kid that devotes all of his free time to being in the gym and working on his game. I’m happy for him that he can see his hard work in the classroom and on the basketball court pay off by continuing his education and athletic experience at Hiram.”
Broja, who plans to major in business, already has met several of the players at Hiram and he’s confident he’ll fit in well with that group in the future.
“Our chemistry was great,” he said. “I felt comfortable with everyone and I’m looking forward to developing lifelong friendships with each and every one of them.”