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Dark Knight
11-14-2007, 12:37 AM
Player from Cameroon to lead FEU Tamaraws
By Richard Dy

DENIED several times of a possible college stint in the United States, Cameroon national Hypolite “Pipo” Noundou might just find himself a new career here in the Philippines.

Pipo who?

Pipo’s name obviously doesn’t ring a bell for basketball aficionados, particularly in the collegiate scene. This is very much unlike popular San Beda College standout Nigerian center Sam Ekwe, who in his two years of play, helped the Red Lions win back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association cage crowns recently.

Pipo, the 6’4” wide-bodied forward, is currently taking residency with Far Eastern University, a team which is trying to restore its basketball fortunes in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines after its last UAAP crown in 2005.

Packed with a solid upper body, leaping ability and good shooting touch, Pipo could help turn the Tamaraws into a team to reckon with, if and when the Cameroon import dons the green-and-yellow jersey in the UAAP’s 2009 season.

First nine months

A native of Douala, Cameroon, Pipo, as he is fondly called by his friends here and abroad, said that since his younger days, he has dreamed of playing outside of his native land in the hope of contributing to the family’s income.

“I just don’t want to stay in my country anymore,” said Pipo. “It was frustrating, because several times, I applied for a US visa, but I ended up being denied each time. My friends from Cameroon have been given US visas but me, I don’t know why I always get denied.”

His father, Joseph Tetchou, is a psychology professor in Cameroon while his mother, Lyme Chouh, is a retired teacher.

Born on March 21, 1988, Pipo, currently a Sports and Recreation Management student, said he managed to get out of Cameroon through the help of a businessman-friend last year.

“He brought me to Bangkok then left me there, because I thought I could play basketball there,” he recalled.

But upon learning that basketball wasn’t that popular in the capital city of Thailand, Pipo packed his bags and looked for opportunities elsewhere.

“I heard from some people in Bangkok that the Philippines has good basketball leagues so I searched in the Internet and found the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association] and the PBL [Philippine Basketball League],” he added.

Though his parents weren’t that completely convinced, Pipo managed to get financial support again from them. His next stop after that? Manila.

When he reached the Philippine capital city, Pipo met a Filipino pastor, who helped him find a place to stay. He began his adventure by trying out with the Welcoat Dragons in the PBA.

“I realized I lacked the maturity to play in the PBA because with Welcoat, I struggled with my game. I really wanted to make money, but because there was no opportunity, a neighbor from where I stayed in Cubao introduced me to coach Franz [Pumaren of La Salle].

“I then tried out with UE [University of the East], and coach [Dindo Pumaren] told me I could live in the team’s quarters, get scholarship or just go to San Beda or Letran if I wanted to play immediately. I went back to where I stayed. Then our neighbor, whose name is Freddie Santiago, introduced me to boss Anton Montinola [FEU team manager]. So on Jan. 12, I went to the FEU Gym for the first time and had my first practice, and he was very, very happy to see me,” narrated the 19-year-old Pipo.

Tears of joy

Upon receiving his very first FEU basketball jersey, Pipo said he shed tears, because he felt that signaled the end of his suffering.

“With FEU, I learned a lot of things from our coaches. Before, I’m more of a one-on-one player. Coach Glen [Capacio] taught me how to play as a team, how to play defense, hustle and try to become a complete player,” he explained.

Though he was aware that he had to sit out two years due to the residency rule for foreign players in the UAAP, he said he decided to stick it out with FEU because of the kindness shown to him by Montinola.

“Boss Anton is very kind. He helped me in my stay here. I felt like home here,” he said.

Having watched basketball games of the PBA, PBL and collegiate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, among others, Pipo said he’s already preparing himself for the bigger cage war in the future.

Open-court player

Due to his early exposure in basketball in Cameroon, Pipo has developed his speed and thrives in the open-court type of basketball.

Currently playing for the FEU’s farm team, Pipo has emerged as the team’s go-to guy because of his outside shooting and even good post-up moves.

“Mabilis siya at malakas ang katawan. Malaki ang maitutulong niya sa team ’pag naglaro na siya,” noted FEU team consultant Bert Flores, who gave the Tamaraws their last UAAP crown in 2005.

Flores said Pipo could easily play the no. 3 position because of his good shooting touch from the perimeter. And since he could also play well on the post, he could pose some mismatches at times.

Even Asian College of Science and Technology assistant coach Luis Palaganas said Pipo’s potential to dominate the UAAP appears imminent, especially as he gets more immersed in the FEU basketball program.

Palaganas, who saw action for the UE Red Warriors from 2004 to 2005, said he has seen Pipo play during FEU Team B’s exhibition match with Acsat some months back.

For now, Pipo remains an obscure player, but as he continues to progress in his game, the Tamaraws may end up goring their way for another UAAP title in the future.

johnny_a
11-14-2007, 08:34 AM
Based on the games I saw I would have to agree that Pipo right is still in the mold of one-on-one player. FEU is on the right track teaching this kid how to make him as decoy for double teams and at the same time create opportunities for his teammates.

Personally, I like him to be the Menor type of player in offense. First to run sa opensa at taga-tapos ng long-fastbreaks.

oca
11-14-2007, 10:54 AM
Born 1988, that makes him just 19. Imo, that's his biggest upside. He has a lot of years ahead of him to improve his game.

I have seen him play a few times, kulang-na-kulang sa basketball smarts. Kung ano siya ngayon will not make him effective for long minutes in the UAAP. Pero with the right exposure that will be addressed.

Good luck, kid.

paul_tamaraws
11-14-2007, 02:53 PM
Born 1988, that makes him just 19. Imo, that's his biggest upside. He has a lot of years ahead of him to improve his game.

I have seen him play a few times, kulang-na-kulang sa basketball smarts. Kung ano siya ngayon will not make him effective for long minutes in the UAAP. Pero with the right exposure that will be addressed.

Good luck, kid.


i also saw this guy play during the off-season tournaments, he's not much of an ekwe-type of player pero magling din pumoste sa loob at mag-rebound...

BedanRoar
11-14-2007, 04:53 PM
Is it his 1st year of residency? So, by the time he plays in the UAAP. Well rounded at hinog na si Pipo.

The kid looks like his willing to learn better basketball.

iamtom
11-24-2007, 09:55 AM
I heard Robert Kave is better ???

Dark Knight
11-27-2007, 11:56 AM
Kave is more athletic

wantok007
12-15-2007, 06:22 PM
Kave is more athletic

Robert Kave was 16 years old when he joined FEU High School in May 2006, he is now 17 years old at 6'5 still growing. Kave is intelligent.

paul_tamaraws
12-16-2007, 09:43 PM
Kave is more athletic

Robert Kave was 16 years old when he joined FEU High School in May 2006, he is now 17 years old at 6'5 still growing. Kave is intelligent.



i think Kave now stands at 6'6, its gonna be great that he will play for 5 years for the FEU Tams starting next season...

Joescoundrel
01-21-2008, 06:05 PM
^^^ Does Kave have Pinoy roots at all? Maybe he should go to the NBTC.

stonecold316
02-05-2008, 02:31 AM
Mukhang malakas ang FEU ah. Katakot Tamaraws sa season 71.

paul_tamaraws
02-11-2008, 06:54 PM
cant wait to see kave in action this season

stonecold316
02-11-2008, 08:57 PM
cant wait to see kave in action this season


Maganda ba ang performance nitong player na to sa offseason? will he play this coming sunday against UST?
;) ;) ;) Bigyan nyo naman kami ng idea. thanks.

stonecold316

mighty_lion
02-11-2008, 09:12 PM
^ You can check the link below. Other than that wala na yatang detailed offseason scouting report kina Pipo and Kave dito sa gameface.

http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?topic=2009.0

mighty_lion
02-11-2008, 09:21 PM
Meron bang nakakaalam kung related si Pipo sa import ng JRU? Medyo hawig sila at minsan ko na rin nakitang parang close sila sa LaCo gym.

stonecold316
02-14-2008, 11:52 PM
Nabasa ko na mighty_lion ang comments about the FEU players, especially the import recruits and I must say mukhang malakas din ang Tams this year. UST will play them on Sunday and whoever wins that game qualifies as the Number 2 team sa Bracket A ng Fr. Martin Cup. It will be interesting to see how the Tigers will play a Tams team who are not only big but also athletic as well.

It wil be a War on Sunday! :D :D :D


stonecold316



^ You can check the link below. Other than that wala na yatang detailed offseason scouting report kina Pipo and Kave dito sa gameface.

http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?topic=2009.0