Samuel Kalwanyi Credit: Wayland Pioneers
[/media-credit] Samuel Kalwanyi had a stellar season with Wayland Baptist Pioneers Credit: WBU Athletics

Just over a month ago, Samuel Kalwanyi played his last College Basketball game.

His side, Wayland Baptist University Pioneers fell, 71-66, to Louisiana State University (LSU) – Shreveport Pilots in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championships.

The Ugandan center/forward showed out with one of his best games of the season scoring 16 points, picking season-high 19 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The former Charging Rhinos and City Oilers star recounts his time at Wayland;

I have had a good time in college, it was a whole new experience when I got here; new environment, people, culture, basketball, school, education system, teammates. I had to start from zero though it didn’t take me so long to cope up with the system.

Kalwanyi who will be graduating with a Bachelors in Applied Science next month is grateful to the Almighty for all his achievements during his time in Plainview, Texas.

I am grateful to God that I have learnt a lot during my time here at Wayland. I have had a good basketball experience which helped me win Defensive Player of the Year and make an all conference tournament first team despite playing only 24 games for the Pioneers due to my surgery but most important, I am graduating on May 5th with a Bachelors in Applied Science majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Accounting.

Asked on whether he’s going Pro, Kalwanyi who played with a bad knee says he wants to heal completely before making the decision, with the right offer on the table.

I have a lot on my mind, first off I need to take time and rehab my knee because I started playing when my knee had not completely healed, that’s why I used a knee holder brace the entire season.

I want use this time to get my legs stronger again and recover my agility back because I had become very slow. But several agents are trying to get in touch with hooking me up with teams and am taking my time to see I make a better decision and which team to join. But as of now, I will keep it low-key until something good comes on my table.

Kalwanyi is expected to be part of the Silverbacks team that will play in the return leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (First Round) having missed the first leg that was staged in Bamako, Mali.

Uganda is second in Group B of the qualifiers, a position they will need to maintain through the return leg to play in the final qualifying round.

The other teams in the group are Nigeria, Mali and neighbours Rwanda.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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