KAMPALA. Jonathan Egau might turn out to be as good a player as many thought during his high school days if he takes all his lessons from the Zuku University Basketball League.The small forward barely gets a look in for UCU Canons in the Airtel National Basketball League. But with the inaugural league locking out players above 25, Egau will have his day in the sun.
Egau poured 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in UCU’s 83-24 victory over Kisubi Brothers’ University at Ndejje on Saturday, playing over 35 minutes. Kisubi, who are about 10 years behind UCU in basketball development, may not be the benchmark but for Egau it won’t matter, numbers mean everything in this game. However, his coach Nicholas Natuhereza will demand consistency as Egau, into his second year with UCU, managed only five points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes against Kampala University.
UCU won that too, 37-26. They will continue to keep an eye on Ndejje University, their biggest rivals in the 10-team competition which was officially launched last Thursday, almost after a fortnight of action. Ndejje routed St. Lawrence 71-37 to maintain their perfect start with James Okello scoring 20. The women’s half showcased even bigger margins between the teams.
Makerere were only 10 points short of posting a ton in 90-3 result against IUIU. Teams will also have an incentive of sharing Shs11m when they get to the playoffs and finals that will also be aired live by the pay channel – Zuku.In the meantime, they will show only highlights on a weekly magazine show – Baqe. KIU, MUST and Nkumba opted not to feature citing financial constraints.
SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR