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Akunne: 'Her spirit is still with me'

Michigan basketball walk-on carries on after mom dies of cancer at age 48

Updated: May 12, 2012, 2:51 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As Eso Akunne drove across Ann Arbor weeks after his sophomore season had ended, he thought of the possibilities. He had received a text message from his father, Hyacinth, while he was in a study hall.

"Come home. We need to talk about mom."

So he left. The drive wasn't long, but it gave him time to contemplate what his dad wanted to discuss.

Maybe, he figured, his mother, Josephine, extended her stay in Nigeria. Or they were going to try another treatment ...

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