UST prized recruit Steve Akomo remains positive amid eligibility doubts
Alvin Laqui on Sep 05, 2017 02:26 PM
ON-HOLD. Steve Akomo is hoping for the best but is taking things as they come.
With his anticipated UAAP debut for University of Sto. Tomas put on temporary hold because of an ongoing eligibility probe, prized recruit Steve Akomo is still hoping for a favorable result.
Touted as the promising big man that once went toe-to-toe with reigning UAAP MVP Ben Mbala of De La Salle University, Akomo is now reduced to wishful thinking.
"I’m waiting for it,I’ll keep on being positive, it’s the only thing I can do right now," he told ABS-CBN Sports in an interview during the pre-UAAP shoot.
Reports surfaced a just few days before the start of the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament that Akomo, who transferred from University of Visayas Green Lancers to Espana, was ruled out of the collegiate wars because he is yet to complete the two-year residency rule that fellow Cesafi product Mbala had to accomplish prior to suiting up for defending champions La Salle.
The 6'9" reinforcement didn't hide the fact that he was caught off guard by the sudden rule change.
"When I came to UST, in my mind was one year (residency), not two years," Akomo said. "They assured me that the eligibility was now for one year, that was the new rule of the UAAP, that’s the only news that I know."
Attributing the confusion to simple "miscommunication and misunderstanding, Akomo is still hopeful that he can don the Growling Tigers' black and gold colors this season.
"They were all waiting for me to play this year, everyone is excited, especially me, I’m excited. I’ll just keep on being positive," he said.
But whatever the ruling, Akomo says he'll be prepared for the role that will be given to him this year, as well as the next.
"It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world if I’m not going to play," he said. "I will just be patient now and keep on working again, extra to be ready next year."
Akomo continued, "We worked hard to be here, and my teammates also worked hard to be here. We’ll keep on working everyday, it doesn’t stop. The sacrifice does not stop."
Still, Akomo remains confident of his team, claiming that the fight it still on for UST.
"They’re really good now, they’re good players, and we have new rookies and we have more confidence. It’s still going on."
With the looming final decision to be made by the end of the day, Akomo can't do anything but resign to his fate.
"If I will sit again for one year, it’s fine. If they say sit, I sit, if they say play, I play," Akomo said. "I’m ready for both."
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