Nimes determined to get up a third time after two falls
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 29, 2015 06:30 PM
YOU SHOULD KNOW JOSAN NIMES. 2011 NCAA Rookie of the Year Josan Nimes is raring to re-introduce himself and his talents to the NCAA.
Mapua was all set to ride its newest star in its quest for the school’s first title since 1992 after a hotshot Filipino-Australian named Josan Nimes blazed his way onto a Rookie of the Year award in 2011.
Unfortunately, injuries had different plans and shelved Nimes for two years right after his still stellar sophomore season. Speaking about his thoughts back then, the Fil-Aussie told ABS-CBN Sports, “I got very emotional. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me that I was missing two years straight.”
During his would-be third season, back problems forced Nimes to sit out and the next year, he sustained an ACL tear in a tune-up game two weeks before the start of the NCAA. “It was really unlucky,” he dejectedly recalled.
The Mapua guard continued narrating, “I was really excited (then). I was playing good in both (PBA) D-League and Filoil. Then it happened and it hurt more emotionally than anything else.”
Although admitting that it took some time and effort to come to terms with everything that happened, Nimes was adamant that not once did quitting cross his mind. “I never thought that I’m gonna stop playing basketball. I always know that I’m gonna come back eventually,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
The Cardinals finished dead last in back-to-back seasons with their once great hope on injured reserve. Now with their former top rookie awardee three years wiser and vowing to stay healthy, however, the Intramuros-based squad is looking good and feeling good.
Talking about their aspirations for the upcoming NCAA season, Nimes said, “The Final Four is very possible with the way everyone’s been playing. After San Beda and Perpetual, nobody’s sure. As long as we get one spot, anything can happen.”
Along with improvement in his overall health, the Fil-Aussie is also working on becoming the best team leader he can be. Nimes believes that the best way for him to lead the team is to set the tone not only on offense, but more importantly, on defense.
“I wanna be a defensive stopper. My teammates look up to me so I have to set the tone,” he said.
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