Why he was selected: Puou registered double-doubles in Friday’s state semifinal and Saturday’s championship game, helping the Red Ramblers with the Class 1A state title.
Mooseheart senior forward Makur Puou contributed 33 points and 30 rebounds to the Red Ramblers’ final two wins of the boys basketball season over the weekend. They helped add up to a pair of victories that lifted the program to the Class 1A state title at the Peoria Civic Center, the first in program history. Puou, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, caught up with the Chronicle about the accomplishment. Here’s an edited transcript:
The program has come on such a long road to get here. How much sweeter does that make this? We know that nothing goes smooth like that. … In life, there’s a lot of problems, no matter what. If you have to get something, it’s difficult. You have to work on it until you achieve it. Like last year, there were so many problems and so [many] people talking and things like that, you know. It would get on our minds last year. But now, this year, we came out with another, different mindset and we know that we’re not going to stop the lies. Everyone’s going to say something, no matter what. … Not everyone’s going to like you and not everyone’s going to love you in life. … As long as we’re playing, it doesn’t matter what people are saying.
What are you thinking about college and where you might play? I have some classes I am working on [to fulfill college admission]. If I don’t get to finish them, I will go to prep school … which is the most important. [Basketball], you can’t play your whole life. Education is the most important to me.