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    UST big man Gani Stevens adjusting to Pinoys' pace of play

    Jul 24, 2022
    Gani Stevens and the Tigers try to climb out of the D-League cellar.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    GANI Stevens is looking to quickly adapt as University of Sto. Tomas continues to struggle in the preseason, the Fil-American bruiser expecting give more for the Growling Tigers as they prepare for the UAAP.

    "It's definitely faster pace than in the States but I think we would be able to adjust quickly to the game here," said Stevens.

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    The 18-year-old 6-foot-7 Stevens admitted other schools pursued his services, but he felt that it's just right to commit to UST.

    "UST was mainly the first to reach out to me and they showed a lot of love. It's a nice culture that they have and it's a plus that they have physical therapy [degree]," said Stevens, who also played American football.

    Stevens is pursuing a degree in physical therapy while also giving UST a much needed heft down low, which the Tigers sorely needed.

    Gani Stevens


    Gani Stevens is averaging 5.5 points on 36 percent shooting from the field in the D-League.

    "I really wanted to come in the Philippines. I love the people and I love the culture," said the Fil-Am bruiser who is set to embark on his rookie season with the Growling Tigers this UAAP Season 85.

    Stevens averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in his final year for North Community High School in Minnesota.

    So far, he is giving himself a good account through his two games for Builders Warehouse-UST in the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, posting 5.5 points on 36-percent shooting from the field, to go with 7.5 boards in 16.5 minutes on the court although the Tigers remain winless. Jethro Castillo

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    Gani Stevens and the Tigers try to climb out of the D-League cellar.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto
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