MANILA. Philippines — Ange Kouame is about to see motion for the Sturdy Group Realty Philippines group within the thirty second Dubai Worldwide Basketball Championship from January 27 to February 5.
After bringing again the glory to Ateneo along with his Finals MVP efficiency within the UAAP Season 85 males’s basketball event, the naturalized middle will play for the group owned by his fellow Blue Eagle, Jacob Lao.
Kouame led the Blue Eagles in finishing a collection comeback in opposition to the College of the Philippines Combating Maroons to cap his UAAP career with a championship.
Lao, the younger group proprietor, thanked the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for permitting the 6-foot-11 middle to play for them as they hope to win one other title collectively within the Dubai event.
“We’re very grateful to Gilas and the SBP for permitting us to borrow Ange on this event,” mentioned Lao. “He’s my teammate and we simply gained in Ateneo. Hopefully, we are able to win yet another collectively.”
Sturdy Group coach Charles Tiu introduced that former NBA participant Renaldo Balkman and Filipino-American guard Sedrick Barefield may also play for the Filipino squad, led by Nick Young.
Tiu seeks to win one other title with the Puerto Rican, whom he coached once they earned two titles collectively for Mighty Sports activities.
“I’ve had 2 championships with Balk, and I need to attempt to carry on rolling,” the Sturdy Group coach mentioned. “He says he’s been in form and could be very keen to return again to the Philippines to return to complete his legacy right here.”
Tiu can also be raring to educate Barefield, who final performed for the Tainan TSG GhostHawks in Taiwan.
“I’ve truly been making an attempt to get Barefield on my groups previously and it simply hasn’t labored out as a result of timing amongst others however I’m actually excited to have him proper now. Our Filipino followers will see simply how good this man is,” he mentioned.
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