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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Aaron Abram
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? | Aaron Abram

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Aaron Abram

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Aaron Abram remembers telling his dad about his dream of playing pro basketball.

It wasn't about playing in the NBA or on the Bulls, though that is usually any young player's dream growing up near Chicago.

"I was coming home from my brother's game and I told my dad my dream was to play in France," Abram said. "It's hard to believe, but it came true and I am loving it."

Abram, a 2011 Lew Wallace grad, plays for Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (SAP Vaucluse) in the French National Men's 1 League.

"It is giving me a chance to play pro ball and travel," Abram said. "This is just a lot of fun, but you remember you are a pro basketball player."

He lives in the south of France and said he is taking advantage of the cultural and geographical advantages.

"I swim in the Mediterranean Sea, I go to the beach almost every day," Abram said. "It is a different culture, but that is good to get to see different cultures and to learn about the customs."

He said he is trying to learn how to speak French in an effort to overcome the communication barrier.

"One good thing is that it seems like everyone over here speaks a little English and we have some guys on the team who can help us translate," Abram said. "The other thing is you are far away from home."

Abram said he also enjoys the rich foods, but on a limited basis.

"The food is great, but no more Broadway BBQ on 43rd and Broadway," Abram said. "I love that place, but you won't find it over here."

Abram had 16 points in his recent pro debut. He played collegiately at Pratt (Kan.) Community College then at Oklahoma Baptist where, in 2015, he was named second team All-Sooner Athletic Conference. He finished his career with over 1,100 points. He is finishing his degree in kinesiology.

Abram said he talked last week with former Lew Wallace teammate Branden Dawson, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He just wished me luck and I did the same with him," Abram said. "They played (the Toronto Raptors in Vancouver) in a preseason game. We still talk about old times at Lew Wallace."

In Abrams' junior year, the Hornets, led by McDonald's All-American and future Michigan State star Dawson, finished second in Class 3A, losing 63-62 in overtime to Washington. He said he is still friends with not only Dawson but Brandon Bradford, Devonte Harris and Latroy Taylor.

"Those are still the best memories of my life," Abram said. "We were very close and we worked towards getting to state. We hung together, we still talk and text."

He said the team knew it would be good if it worked and credits coach Renaldo Thomas and his staff for reminding them of what they could accomplish.

"Renaldo pushed us and was hard on us, but we had goals and expectations and he had expectations of us," Abram said. "He wanted us to be the best and he also taught us more than basketball. He wanted us to leave the program learning about life."

To submit a "Where Are They Now?" idea, contact Mike Nieto at mike.nieto@nwi.com or (219) 933-3232.

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Jason is a sports copy editor and avid traveler whose goal is to see and do everything before he expires from this mortal coil. Also, mosquitoes find him delicious.

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