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NMJC Basketball Player Signs with University of Louisiana-Monroe

NMJC Basketball Player Signs with University of Louisiana-Monroe photo 4/22/2009 11:33:35 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Imagine going to school in a foreign country where everyone speaks a different language from your own. Now imagine having to learn a different way to play your favorite sport at that school. And then imagine excelling at the school and in the sport. Meet basketball co-captain Fabio Ribero: that is exactly what he has done at New Mexico Junior College.

Ribero, a native of Caetanopolis, Brazil, started at NMJC in 2007 and will be graduating with his Associate in Arts degree this May. The next step in his journey will take him to an NCAA school, University of Louisiana-Monroe since on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, Ribero officially signed the papers to become a ULM Warhawk.

According to NMJC Men's Head Basketball Coach Jimmy Voight multiple schools were interested in recruiting Ribero, but the young man had narrowed his choices to ULM and St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. After visiting both schools, Ribero chose ULM.

“I visited them and was impressed by what good people they were. I think I made the right decision for both my academic and athletic career. I plan on majoring in business and had the opportunity to meet with ULM's business professors and had a great time." said Ribero.

Coach Voight is very proud of his player and thinks he will excel at ULM. "They [ULM] are getting an outstanding young man, for one, and an outstanding student, second. Besides these two things, he is, of course, an excellent player."

Voight and Ribero recalled how Ribero first came to NMJC. "I didn't know anything about the school at first," said Ribero, " but a friend of mine who played for Coach Voight at Eastern Oklahoma State College told me great things about him. I also spoke to Coach Walter Roese, who was also a friend of Coach. When I got to NMJC, I had a great impression, not only of the coach, but also the academics and the professors."

That's how it all started. Two years later, Ribero is co-captain of a team that surpassed the 21-win mark for the first time in 13 years. "He has been an integral part of building this program. He's a good rebounder and defender. He may not score the actual points, but he does the behind-the-scenes work to get the team there," said Voight. "Plus, he works hard both on the court and in the classroom. He has spent a lot of time on keeping his grades up."

While Fabio Ribero may be far from his native Brazil, family, first language, schools, and way of playing sports, he has proven during his time here he has what it takes to succeed. And that, without a doubt, is the ultimate education. NMJC congratulates Fabio on a job well done and hopes the rest of the journey is just as successful.

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