UV Green Lancers: Mpouma's presence alone scares enemies-A A +A
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
THE University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers hope their new Cameroonian recruit Jean-marie Mpouma can fill huge gaps left by their erstwhile import Mike Nzeusseu in the new basketball season.
This early, UV management, coaching staff and supporters are putting huge responsibilities on the shoulders of Mpouma.
Nzeusseu went Awol after the Green Lancers defeated their arch-nemesis Southwestern University Cobras in the Cesafi finals.
However, UV assistant coach Van Halen Parmis is confident Mpouma will become a dominant force in the middle mainly because of his height.
“Jean-marie is 6’11” with a very long wingspan. His presence alone in the shaded lane can already intimidate opponents. However, he is not just all height, he will be a dominant force in the center and he has a good perimeter shooting touch. He’s got some moves like that of (NBA Legend) Hakeem Olajuwon,” Parmis said.
No second thoughts
UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. said he has no second thought about having Mpouma in the Green Lancers fold because he believed that the 18-year-old beanpole from Metz, France can help the team defend its title.
In fact, Mpouma received his Lancers’ jersey shortly after the team won the Cesafi title last October.
Parmis, however, admitted that Mpouma still has to improve some aspects of his game that include his footwork, agility and maturity.
“Experience, footwork and agility. Although he had vastly improved since he arrived last September, kuwang lang gyud niya kay experience,” Parmis continued.
Mpouma will be playing back-up to Steve Cedrick Akomo in trying to keep the title not only from its closest challenger, SWU, but against the emerging powers of the University of San Carlos Warriors and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars.
After losing the ticket to the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Round Robin Final Four to the Cobras last November, UV held its first practice last Monday in its effort to regroup and strenghten its line-up.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 15, 2014.