Towering at a remarkable 1,83cm and showcasing undeniable prowess every time that she steps onto the basketball court, it’s no wonder 16-year-old centre/base Melissa Mwanza caught the eye of top USA High School called Putnum Science Academy!
Her humble beginnings began at Houghton Park primary school where she was a key player for both the netball and basketball teams before transferring to Chiwasha Primary where she continued playing both sports.
After completing her Primary School studies she moved to Girls High Harare in 2017 where she immediately became a key player for her under 14’s school team and during that same year she went to a basketball camp in South Africa where her star continued to shine even brighter courtesy of her talents with the ball.
As a result, Melissa was drafted to play for the Africa /Asia Middle East team that participated in the Junior World Championships in Orlando, USA. During that tournament she was voted ‘2nd Best Player’ in her team.
August 2018 presented the young star with yet another breakthrough as she was identified by NBA África as a potential basketball star and Netone assisted her financially to travel to the USA for the NBA World Championships where she continued with her impressive form that attracted multi-scholarships opportunies with various schools in the USA and that is where Putnum Science Academy spotted her and scooped her up because they had offered her a better deal than the rest.
Going forward, the ambitious basketball player said she would like to continue making more beakthroughs but more importantly give back to her community.
“I want to be a Zimbabwean basketball legend and a very educated one for that matter, when I reach the peak of my career I would like to plough back into the community like what Sadio Mane of Liverpool is doing in Senegal,” said Melissa.
By Sydney Savanhu