Sept. 19, 2005
Nijmegen, Holland -
Recently, former Catamount men's basketball player Rans Brempong, the SoCon all-time leader in blocked shots with 308, sent an email, letting Western Carolina know where he is and what he is doing. The following is what he had to say:
"Hey. What's up? I hope things have been going well with you all of late. I (am writing) to let you know I am going to be over here in Holland for the next nine months. It's been a really hectic last couple weeks and I know I must have forgotten to get a hold of a lot of (people to let them know). So I just wanted to give a quick update on what I've been up to for the past month.
First, I was in Turkey (in August) for three weeks with the Canadian National team in the University Games Tournament. Things were not as good as I would have liked them for our team. After being 4-0 to start the tournament, we ended up only finishing seventh overall. I played pretty well, though, and had received a bunch of offers to play overseas when I got home. Well, after talking it over with my agent for a couple very stressful days, I decided that the best opportunity for me would take a contract in Nijmegen, Holland for the year. It's a new club in the first division of Holland league called the Matrixx magixx.
I've been down here for a little over a week now and things have now started to run a little bit more smoothly. I am actually sharing an apartment with an American player on my team who is 28 years old. From what I can tell so far he seems like a pretty cool cat. We have a big apartment for only two people. There are five bed rooms including a floor with a living room and kitchen. There is a lot of room and, as long as he gives me my space, everything should be good! Haha.
I've also been given a five-speed Volkswagon Golf for the year. It's a small car but it can go really fast. I have taught myself how to drive stick over the past week, but I'm still a little shaky. Hopefully, another week and I should have it down.
As for my team itself, there are six North American-born players, including me. All the Dutch guys speak fluent English, so I don't feel too lost all the way over here. I think we have a good chance to do well this year in the league. We will just have to see how things go once we start playing games.
The city of Nijmegen, is a whole lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. It is pretty much a university town and there is a ton of stuff to do. The night life here is pretty wild too. I've gone out a couple times already with my teammates and I'm sure I'll be having a blast this year.
Well, for all my `boyz' balling still at WCU, hold it down and do your `thang' this year. I'm going be watching y'all, and, for everyone else, `ball out' with whatever you end up doing this year."
- Rans Brempong