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She grew up in Newark and played basketball at Shabazz High, where her team won four straight Essex County and city titles and three state championships between 19.

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Akrum Wadley signs with Iowa on National Signing Day "There were days we would be pleading with her to let Akrum play in a game, and maybe he only played in two quarters because of him failing to meet his academic responsibilities in elementary school," Carmichael said.7 on the depth chart as a freshman and nearly getting kicked out of school for poor grades.His mom was there every step, texting the same words of inspiration each morning: "Work hard, pray for what you want." Wadley heaps praise on his mom for the messages."She would hold him out of practice and hold him out of games.She was very much the disciplinarian." Phelps knows from experience what it takes to succeed as a young student athlete.John Wadley and Phelps are separated but raised Akrum and his three brothers together and maintain a close relationship.

It helped Akrum Wadley's development that he had an innate ability to listen to instructions, whether from his parents or coaches.

Wadley enrolled at University High in Newark, but the school does not offer football, so he needed to find a team.

Again, Phelps led the way, selecting Weequahic because head coach Brian Logan, and several of his assistants, are Newark police officers.

The position change was nearly the only time Wadley's mom interjected on coaching decisions, Carmichael recalled.

She mostly lingered in the background and let the coaches do their jobs, always keeping a close eye on things.

After all, if it wasn't for Phelps, Wadley wouldn't even be playing for Iowa.