Several Spanish women’s basketball projects have been formed in the Canaries: Leticia Romero, Astou Ndour, Iris June … Sika Koné has joined this list to be a reference for the coming years. Her last season in Gran Canaria showed what this Mali-born player can do. But how did Sika Koné start basketball?
Sika Koné and his beginnings
Born on July 13, 2002, Sika Koné decided to leave her native country, Mali, to bet on one of the most important career projects in Spain like the Canterbury Academy. At 14, the young pivot came to Gran Canaria with the aim of continuing to train and live his great passion, basketball.
What no one knew was that its impact was going to be immediate. And it is that during the 2018 Junior Spanish Championship held in Huelva, Sika Koné would captivate all eyes, achieving the title of MVP of the competition, at only 15 years old. The figures speak for themselves: 17’6 points, 18’4 rebounds and 31’6 of valuation. Some performances which enabled the Canterbury Academy to reach the silver medal, leaving to the history of the championship 51% of valuation achieved by Koné in the semi-final.
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His progression with Canterbury led him to change islands the same summer. The pivot of Mali has moved from Gran Canaria to Tenerife to join the ranks of CB Adareva. His relevance within the Tenerife team was again demonstrated during the Spanish Junior Championship last summer. Sika Koné became MVP of the tournament again with an average of 21’3 points and 28’8 rebounds.
Dominance in Women’s League 2
After a year in Tenerife, Sika Koné was going to return to Gran Canaria to be part of the Spar Gran Canaria of Liga Femenina 2. But before that, central Mali was going to play the U19 World Cup with his country, for his 17th birthday! Where it stands out with an average of 15.1 points and 14 rebounds for a valuation of 19.3.
Back on the island, Koné was clear about his goal for the season: “I come to a historic club to learn and push my career a little further, to improve myself as a player. I am very excited about this new challenge and look forward to the season. ”
Sika Koné was so excited by this new adventure, that in her first matches with the Spar Gran Canaria jersey, she had already left a trace of what she could do on the track. His good performances led him to win the MVP title of the 12th day with 22 points and 25 rebounds for a valuation of 43 points during the Canarian team’s victory against UCAM Primafrío. Some credits in valuation, which she would repeat during day 18 to beat Picken Claret.
Sika Koné has become, during her first season as a professional, one of the most decisive players in women’s basketball in Spain. Its versatility in indoor play makes the Malian pivot a constant danger for its rivals. Koné ended the regular season by being the most popular player (26) and the best rebounder (15’25) of all the teams in the Women’s League 2.
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