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Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah finds her voice

Updated: June 24, 2014, 9:49 AM ET
By Adam Minichino | Special to espnW

Opportunity equals growth, at least in Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah's book.

Whether it's by pursuing creative writing, poetry or athletics, the 6-foot-3 high school junior from Nigeria with "off-the-charts" potential on the basketball court knows she has plenty of paths that could help her forge a better life.

But the self-described "introvert" with a "malleable" personality didn't always see it that way.

Since coming to the United States ...

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