UAAP: Ateneo's Kouame is first-ever foreign Rookie of the Year

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 05, 2018 01:55 PM
Ateneo's Kouame is first-ever foreign Rookie of the Year
Another Ateneo player has made history in Ivorian rookie reinforcement Ange Kouame

Ange Kouame may have fallen short of one kind of history, but he has still managed to etch his name in the record books of the UAAP in another way.

Ateneo de Manila University’s Ivorian tower has officially been hailed as the Rookie of the Year in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Before him, there has been no foreign student-athlete to have won the top award for first-year players.

The Blue Eagles’ reinforcement is eligible for the Rookie of the Year as he had just graduated from Multiple Intelligence International School last May. As per league rules, any student-athlete who had just graduated from a high school based in the Philippines is qualified for the top award for first-year players.

Actually, Kouame was in the running for the MVP with per game counts of 14.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks at the end of the elimination round.

His 76.21 Statistical Points (SPs), however, just fell short of the 82.50 SPs of eventual award winner Bright Akhuetie of the University of the Philippines.

With that, the 19-year-old failed to become the league’s first-ever Rookie of the Year-MVP, but still became the league’s first ever foreign Rookie of the Year.

He beat out super rookies from University of Sto. Tomas and National University in CJ Cansino and Dave Ildefonso for the award.

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