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Catamount Senior Harouna Mutombo Student-Athlete Blog

Western Carolina redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo offers insight to the Catamount men's basketball team with his student-athlete blog.

Jan. 24, 2012

Cullowhee, N.C. - Throughout the 2011-12 season, Western Carolina redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo will help facilitate the coverage of Catamount basketball by writing a student-athlete blog for His entries will provide an inside-look to the WCU men's basketball team, as well introductions to various players and their personalities.

Mutombo, a native of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, is on-pace to graduate in this spring semester. He is currently fulfilling an internship with the WCU Media Relations Office as a part of his degree requirements.

Western Carolina will host its next Coaches' Luncheon with head basketball coaches Larry Hunter and Karen Middleton at O'Malley's of Sylva on Wednesday (Jan. 25). The event includes commentary from both Catamount coaches, as well as film review of previous and upcoming games. Festivities get underway around 11:45 am with the event concluding around 1:00 pm.

The Catamount men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center this Thursday evening as WCU welcomes in the Elon Phoenix in a key Southern Conference North Division match-up. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Thursday night's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with air time at 6:30 pm with Gary Ayers on the call. Fans can follow all of the action locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee and 920 AM WPTL in Canton.

Mutombo's student-athlete blog:
What's Up Everybody?

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the week and is ready to finish the month off strong. Last time I checked in with you guys, we had some games coming up so let me recap on little bit of what's been going on since.

Our home game against Toccoa Falls received a lot of publicity. We had just come off a tough loss and all week we were harping on execution and playing tough. Toccoa Falls just happened to catch us on a bad day because we as a team were still very upset about the past lost and we wanted a "W" - and very bad.



Overall, we executed very well in the game and it gave some guys some confidence in what they do - some "pizzazz" as I like to call it. Sometimes in the midst of a long season, guys lose their confidence because something may not work 2-or-3 times. So, I think it was a good way for us to get better. I compliment Toccoa Falls for continuing to compete for 40 minutes and I wish them nothing but the best of luck as they return to their conference play.

We won by 102 points and we didn't think it was going to that big of a deal until the next day when I woke up saw my mentions on Twitter and Facebook with all kind of news about how people saw us on ESPN's SportsCenter, etc. That was really neat.

As we got back into league play, though, we took a tough loss this past Saturday to our archrival, Appalachian State. We had couple of chances to seal the game off but we didn't - and we have learned from that. Guys on the team are still positive and we know our main goal at the end of the year is to raise a banner in the Ramsey Center.

We've got about 11 games left in the regular season, so we will definitely looking at getting a run going. We believe in each other which is why I love this team - guys believe it!

Oh, and for everyone asking me about my jersey and my classmate, Keaton Cole, during the Appalachian game - all we know is that it was forgotten and we had to hear it all day from the fans there at App - but that was to be expected in a rivalry game!

Well, that's all I have to say on this installment; until next time, everyone be safe and stay positive!

Trust. Care. Commitment.