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Another Minaya headed for sports glory, but not in baseball

Baseball or basketball?

That question had been posed to Justin Minaya all his life, who grew up in a Dominican household dominated by sports. As a young kid, Minaya was passionate about both sports. But, with his father being MLB Mets GM Omar Minaya, Justin was expected to follow the footsteps of his father. But he wanted to take a different path.

After playing in both sports throughout high school at Old Tappan High School in New Jersey, Minaya chose basketball for his next step into college.

Upon his decision, he worried his father might be angry. After all, he was a baseball general manager. But in spite of his worries, Omar was thrilled to hear the news. He was extremely excited for the future of his son, and was glad he had set out on his own path. Justin eventually committed to South Carolina and Cuban head coach Frank Martin.

Minaya ventured to South Carolina after graduating high school in 2017, and went on to play 4 years for the Gamecocks. The 6’7″ forward was extremely consistent during his time there, averaging between 7 and 8 points and 4-6 rebounds all 4 years there.

Following the end of his senior season in 2021, Minaya decided to enter the NBA Draft. But because of the lack of recognition he received from scouts, he instead decided to enter the transfer portal for an extra year of college eligibility. In May of 2021, he officially announced his move to Providence College where he would play his final year in college.

Now with the Friars, Minaya has still maintained his impact as a consistent scorer and player, averaging 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 43% FG in this 2021-22 season. The Friars have also been extremely successful as a whole team, securing the Big East regular season title with a 25-4 overall record and a No. 11 ranking in the nation. Minaya has been known as a “glue guy” all season long for his squad, and looks to continue his success as the Friars look to make a run, both in the Big East and March Madness tournament.

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