However, last January, on a blog operated by a man claiming to be a director of the Fadama Basketball Academy, in Ghana, Aflakpui was described as an 18-year old senior at his school, Keta Technical, and the man added, "I've got some wonderful responds from colleges in the united States of America witch am not goanna disclose to you now but very soon things will work out well for [Aflakpui] and we'll all see him playing in his dream school."
"I can Google, too," Romanczuk said. "I saw that, and I was concerned. But we've checked into this situation a number of ways.
"Do you believe everything you see on the Internet? As far as I'm concerned, there's no controversy. He's 15 years old . . . If we're being misled, so is the Department of Homeland Security."
Romanczuk, a star at Carroll and Penn, is the son-in-law of Sixers coach Doug Collins. Aflakpui arrived here Sept. 9 and was steered to Carroll, Romanczuk said, by one of his numerous hoops contacts. Aflakpui is living with the family of recent Carroll basketball player Pat Finnegan.
Thus far, by rule, Carroll's players are involved only in conditioning drills and pickup games.
"He said he has only been playing for 5 years," Romanczuk said. "He runs the floor, plays hard, has good footwork. I can't really think of someone to compare him to, but he looks pretty good."
English is Ghana's official language.
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