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Cedric Kuakumensah



Business Economics


Cedric Kuakumensah has excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.30 grade-point average, while concentrating in the Business, Entrepreneurship and Organization, economics track.  He will graduate on time on May 2016.


According to Brown Head Coach Mike Martin, “Cedric has been a leader at Brown since the day he stepped foot on campus. He is our team’s hardest worker and has been a great representative of our program throughout our campus and in the community. He’s been elected captain by his teammates every year since his sophomore season. When he was a freshman, he earned a spot in the starting lineup ahead of a couple of senior teammates, but there was never an issue because he was able to earn their respect from day one through his humility, work ethic and unselfish approach. He truly understands the concept of team and working with others toward a common goal.”


Kuakumensah has been a key volunteer for Rhode Island Special Olympics, interacting with the Special Olympians in several clinics. He has gone into inner-city classrooms in Providence as part of a larger Brown Athletics Reading Week and is a volunteer at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, reading to school-age children. Kuakumensah was also instrumental in the Rhode Island Coastal Clean-up and has gone into various local high schools to participate in renovating projects ranging from clean-up to painting and small construction.


Kuakumensah is a two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2014). He holds the Ivy League record for blocked shots in a season with 93 in 2013-14 and is poised to become the Ivy League’s all-time leader in blocked shots. At the beginning of the season, his 238 career blocked shots ranked second in the Ivy League, just 14 short of the all-time Ivy League record of 252. He ranked sixth in the nation in blocked shots in 2013-14 and has blocked seven shots in a game three times, tying Brown’s all-time record. Kuakumensah has ranked in the top 5 in the Ivy League in rebounding in each of his three years (2nd, 3rd, 5th). He was named one of the Top Players to Watch in the Ivy League by NBCSports.com. He scored a career high 30 points vs. Cornell in 2013-14 and grabbed a career-best 19 rebounds vs. Columbia in 2013-14. He ranks first (93), second (76) and third (66) in single-season blocked shots at Brown. With 639 career rebounds through three seasons, he’s also expected to finish in the top 5 all-time at Brown in career rebounding.