AJ EDU, the Gilas Pilipinas youth team standout, is back in training for the Toledo Rockets in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) after recovering from multiple knee injuries in the past two years.
The 6-foot-10 cager attended the Rockets’ last game at the Savage Arena with hopes of returning to official action as early as next week after absorbing another setback in his recovery last July.
“It feels good to see AJ back in uniform,” the Rockets posted on their social media account following their 77-62 win over Ohio.
Mr. Edu, who joined forces with 7-foot-3 Kai Sotto in the 2019 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U-19 World Cup, had an ACL tear on his left knee last year after previously suffering the same injury plus a meniscus tear on his right knee.
The Filipino-Nigerian prospect is a junior in Toledo, which sports a pretty chance to enter the US NCAA national tournament next month with an impressive 19-5 record so far in the Mid-American Conference.
Mr. Edu, 22, previously reassured his desire to play for Gilas anew especially with a triple-tower combo potential with close pal Mr. Sotto and naturalized player Ange Kouame.
Returning Gilas coach Chot Reyes has also reaffirmed Mr. Edu’s status as an integral part of the program being a member of the original 23-for-23 pool for the country’s FIBA World Cup hosting next year. — John Bryan Ulanday