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Canadian Star Emerges at Utah Valley


Utah Valley Wolverines center Fardaws Aimaq is your run-of-the-mill 6-foot-11, Afghan-Canadian pro basketball prospect with a black belt in mixed martial arts and a deep devotion to Islam living in a college community of 41,000 undergrads -- more than 70% of whom are Mormon -- in Orem, Utah.


Just another college kid at heart.


The thing is, that heart, along with a coach in Mark Madsen who once went toe-to-toe with Shaquille O'Neal on a daily basis, has helped turn Aimaq into a legitimate pro prospect and one of the best rebounders in college basketball.


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