By Crystal Rose Munoz
With their collegiate careers now finished, several Cougar basketball players are considering the possibility of a professional career overseas.
“Right now I am searching for a job to play overseas, I have an agent who is sending my videos to different teams and I also attend camps where there are teams scouting” All-GSAC center Reggie Owens said.
With college basketball being over the team members have to work extra hard practicing on the court and off the court.
“I practice basketball for about two hours a day on and off the court. This pushes me to stay in shape, work on my game, and continue to stay focused,” Owens said.
Owens was also named NAIA All American second team.
“Although there was no championship this ended up being a great season,” Owens said. “It’s great that all my coaches have still offered to help me with no hesitation.”
For the women, the Cougars’ NAIA National Championship team were led by a group of seniors who returned to finish their collegiate careers strong after a loss in the 2010 NAIA National Championship game.
“I am not sure if I am going to continue to play overseas. Right now my options are open,” forward Alex More-Porter said. “ I have a good agent that is going to be working with me by sending my information, stats, awards and videos to different teams so that they can evaluate me.”
In the year of 2010, Moore- Porter was also named NAIA All American first team in which she was the third in the programs history.
“I still continue to practice for about four hours a day,” Moore–Porter said. “This year was overall very rewarding winning the National Championship and seeing the team members all develop and reach for their goals.
“As of right now, I do not plan to play ball overseas, the college experience was good enough and ending the season on a high note was satisfying for me” center Kristie Hala’ Ufia said. “Upon graduation, I plan to return home to San Mateo where I will be coaching volleyball and basketball at a middle school. “
Hala’ ufia has been apart of the basketball team since 2007
“My strength and conditioning coach has advised me to still stay conditioned and keep shooting 300 shots a day in case the opportunity of overseas dose come around a little down the road,” Hala’ ufia said.
“The relationships that I have built with my team mates was the best thing and winning the National Championship was the icing on the cake,” Hala’ ufia said.