Ange Kouame. UAAP PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines– Ateneo center Ange Kouame is readied to go under the blade after leading the Blue Eagles back to the top of the UAAP while playing through an injury.
” I’m obtaining surgical procedure, the rest, I’ll leave it to God due to the fact that just God has responses… … Due to the fact that I’m going home tonight, this thing’s gon na hurt,” said Kouame after playing his Last UAAP video game on Monday before 21,814 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
” I can hardly stroll correctly. It becomes part of it. I such as the process as well as I appreciate the game. I don’t see myself remaining away from the video game. Whatever’s gon na take place, gon na happen,” he added.Kouame endured a partial ACL tear as well as meniscal stress in his knee last June, missing the July and also August home windows of the Fiba Globe Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers and also the Fiba Asia Mug in Indonesia.
The 6-foot-10 facility still returned in the period, where had his struggles in the elimination round as well as played some video games in restricted minutes.In a winner-take-all Finals, Kouame took matters right into his own hands with 19 factors, 12 rebounds, and also four blocks to complete Ateneo’s finals return to uncrown College of the Philippines, 75-68.
Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin exposed the Finals MVP, who balanced 17.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and also 3.0 blocks in the collection, was not actually in great problem this season as he needs to undertake surgical procedure immediately and recoup for a minimum of five months.
” Ange’s knee is an outright mess. His last MRI, which was someplace halfway through the season. I obtained it from our medical professionals they stated it’s not good but it’s alright. I’m linked still to individuals down in New Zealand. I sent his MRI results to the Tall Blacks physicians, several of the most sophisticated medical professionals. They see some of one of the most terrible injuries in sports,” claimed Baldwin. “The doctor asked me a concern: Is this youngster playing? And I claimed, yep he’s playing and afterwards there’s a pause and also he stated: That’s one difficult boy of a b * tch.”
The 25-year-old big man lauded all his colleagues for making this period his ideal event played in the Philippines.
” It’s not concerning Ange Kouame. It’s about the entire group and when it involves the bench players especially. I missed a great deal of technique this period as a result of my knee. props to them for making us much better. This is where we are right currently as a result of them and also I’m actually thankful for those sort of teammates,” Kouame said.” It suggests a great deal. It’s the very best that I have actually ever had in my life. I’m really delighted about this.”
Although Kouame will certainly require several months to return in top form, Baldwin believes the future is brilliant for his MVP on the international phase.
“He’s gon na be excellent to play as an import. We’ll have to attempt to determine to assist him with his future and also maybe in Europe or maybe someone in Japan will believe he’s good sufficient to play there. Still a lot some job to do on his offending game. But he’s gon na be a problem for one more 10-12 years,” Baldwin said.The Gilas Pilipinas support completed his collegiate occupation with three championships, one Finals MVP plum, a Period MVP award and also Mythical Team selection last May.Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get accessibility to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & & various other 70+ titles, share approximately 5 devices, listen to the information, download and install as early as 4am & & share write-ups on social networks. Call 896 6000.