March 10, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Throughout the 2011-12 season, Western Carolina redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo has helped facilitate the coverage of Catamount basketball by writing a student-athlete blog for CatamountSports.com. His entries 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 the spring semester. He is currently fulfilling an internship with the WCU Media Relations Office as a part of his degree requirements
Catamount Fans, I definitely just want to take some time out and thank all of you that supported us all year - and especially during the conference tournament. It really felt great going out there every game and seeing all the Catamount fans out there cheering us on. It was definitely something I will always remember for as long as I live! I will always be a Catamount!
I really don't know where to start with that, but I just wanted to say thank you and that I've gotten everyone's messages even if I haven't had the chance to get back to you yet!
The past six weeks have been great. Things really changed for everyone on the team and we couldn't have ended it better than putting on a great show on national television on ESPN2. I definitely wouldn't change a thing and this experience has been nothing but great... from trending on Twitter to making it on ESPN, all have been humbling experiences and are ones I'll cherish for sure.
I think one of the most memorable moments from our tournament run was when I looked out on the stands and saw a poster that read, "Harouna Mutombo - It means no worries." I haven't heard that since I was a child as I would always be made fun of and be called "Hakuna Matata!"
It was a pretty long season and rough one for our team at times, but we really jelled at a good time. That stemmed from a lot of patience, from not giving up and I definitely respect my teammates a lot more for that - it all showed up at the tournament. Even though we couldn't win, I am still happy with the effort and poise that we showed. The togetherness, guys fighting through fatigue was great! I will always remember and cherish those memories and moments forever.
With those experiences, I'm sure the team will do just great next year and win that SoCon title back to Cullowhee next year!
Other than that, I know the guys can't wait to get started on preparing for next year. I'm sad I had to go, but this definitely won't be the last time you guys will be hearing from me!
Trust - Care - Commitment!
- Harouna Mutombo