From Cameroon to America, Marguerite Effa shining on the hardwood at Nevada

From Cameroon to America, Marguerite Effa shining on the hardwood at Nevada. (Anthony Resnick/NSN)

For Nevada senior forward Marguerite Effa, her journey to America began at eleven years old.

The Cameroon native packed up her bags and moved nearly 8,000 miles across the globe to Los Angeles to reunite with her father. He attended Berkeley and left Cameroon when Effa was a young girl. Effa grew up playing soccer, but was inspired to play basketball by the late Kobe Bryant. Effa watched Bryant and the Lakers in Cameroon, and once she picked up the game of basketball after moving to America -- she didn't look back.

Effa played three seasons at USC and received her bachelor’s degree in non-governmental organization and social change. She played in 62 games, averaged over seven minutes a game and shot above 45% from the field for the Women of Troy.

She transferred to Nevada with one year of eligibility remaining and is pursuing her master's degree in Business Administration. She leads the Wolf Pack with 140 rebounds and is shooting a team high 55% from the field this season.

After college, Effa would like to play basketball overseas, and eventually work with children with special needs back in her home of Cameroon.

WATCH the full feature on Marguerite Effa above.

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