Ivan Aska recorded a double-double in his first game since his career ended at Murray State. Aska is now representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in Centrobasket 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.The U.S. Virgin Islands may have lost 75 to 67 on Monday night to Mexico on day one of Centrobasket 2012. Aska played 27 minutes and proudly represented Racer Nation. Aska scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Aska also shot 5/8 from the field, had only two turnovers, and blocked a shot.
Aska showed the world tonight that he is a leader. He was second on the team in rebounds and third in points scored. Only one player played more minutes than Aska tonight on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two others joined him and played 27 minutes themselves.
This may end up being a huge recruiting tool for Coach Prohm and the Racers. If athletes like Aska can perform well outside of college, this will show other recruits that their basketball career doesn’t have to end in college if they go to Murray State. Aska may have just extended his own dreams as well. Pro scouts may have been worried that Aska was only 6’7 and played power-forward. Tonight, he showed that his size doesn’t matter.
Aska and the Virgin Islands will be back on the hardwood tomorrow afternoon when they face Jamaica at 1 p.m. Check back with MKY Sports for updates on how Aska did on day two.