When former TU guard Ben Uzoh was asked what was the best piece advice he could give to a professional basketball player aspiring to make it to the NBA, Uzoh said, "Keep faith. Stay completive, stay persistent... I'm a big believer in 'you reap what you sew.' What time you put into the game is going to be given back to you."
Uzoh is living proof of that so far in his young professional basketball career. After going undrafted in 2010, he made the New Jersey Nets summer league team.
From there, Uzoh is good enough to make the regular season roster and appears in 42 games, averaging a little over 10 minutes per contest.
"I came into a rebuilding situation," explained Uzoh. "I was thrown into the fire and I took my lumps. And I'm still taking my lumps."
And he takes them in stride. When the NBA season was in doubt because of the labor dispute, Uzoh spent the first part of fall playing in Russia.
But when he returned, Uzoh signed a ten day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers only to be let go at the end of the term.
After playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League for the last couple months, the Toronto Raptors sign Uzoh to a ten day contract. And Ben did well in the three games within that span.
At least good enough to be signed to another ten day contract.
Uzoh shrugs off the issue of job security, "It's definitely an honor [to play for Toronto.] I just want to help my team win and learn a lot."
Persistence is one lesson Uzoh appears to have mastered.