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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.

Nov. 24, 2011

South Padre Island, Texas - 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 the spring semester. He is currently fulfilling an internship with the WCU Media Relations Office as a part of his degree requirements.

The Catamounts continue play in the South Padre Island Invitational on Friday afternoon by facing Northern Colorado at 2:30 pm local time, 3:30 pm ET. It is the first-ever meeting between the Catamounts (2-3) and the Bears (0-4) on the hardwood. Catamount Sports Network coverage begins at 3:00 pm ET / 2:00 pm CT and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee, 920 AM WPTL in Canton and online at

Harouna Mutombo's first student-athlete blog:

What's going on Catamount fans?

First and foremost, I just want to take the time and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We all have things that we need to be thankful for each and every day, so everyone at home, cherish these moments. Being from Canada, I get to celebrate two Thanksgivings, which is pretty cool - one last month and of course this week.

But as for the men's basketball team, we are currently on this seven-day road swing that started last Saturday. We have already played at both Iowa State and Northern Iowa - two tough losses that we took that we know we should have won. As a team, players are still trying to figure out roles and we need to be more patient getting the young players on board because they have a lot of potential and are all great people.



Being a captain this year, the best thing that I can do is continue to encourage the young guys to keep their heads up and be ready to play at any given time because you never know when your name will be called. But everyone remains positive which is the best thing - the guys are not hanging their heads down. The season is still early and the guys understand that and we will continue to get better.

After an early morning departure from Iowa, we landed in Texas and made the drive to South Padre Island. It is beautiful here. We got a chance to walk around on the beach after a long day of flights and it was definitely a sight to see. On Friday, we look forward to getting back on the court and in action against Northern Colorado.

Well, this is my first time logging in with you guys and won't be the last. I will keep you guys informed all season how we as a team is doing - and from the team, we want to say thank you for your support and again, Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time, Go Catamounts!