D’tigress and Union Hainaut Point Guard, Uju Ugoka has revealed why most female basketball players prefer to play in Europe than the United State of America.
The 27-year-old Anambra born who got a scholarship to study in the United States started her basketball career with Grayson College Gulf Coast State College Virgina Tech before transiting to Europe.
Uju, started her professional career with Italian Serie A side Pallacanestro Vigarano in 2004, where she had a long spell with the Italian side before moving to a Polish team AZS-UMCS Lublin in 2006. The former Grayson County College, Golf Coast College and Virgina Tech Hokies women’s basketball players, later joined La Roche Vendee basket club in France where she averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 assist per game.
Speaking to OJBSPORT on her reason and why Europe seems to be the next destination for female basketball players unlike the men, she said “I really get a lot of questions regarding that.. people do ask me why leave the State for Europe. United States is mostly for the men, that’s the NBA. The men get paid a lot of money and we even have so many team for the men.”
“But for the women, most of us make money in Europe. Basically, female athlete’s make more money in Europe than in USA. We have less team in the WNBA, and most of this team recycle their players. So there’s no much opportunity out there after your career in college.”
Uju is yet to feature in a game this season for her club side Union Hainaut.
Union Hainaut currently sits seven on the log, they will be welcoming Bourges women who currently occupies the third position on the log.