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In just one season, LF Endesa fans have gotten used to the stellar performances of Sika Koné But it was not until this summer that the Malian player made the leap to the top of world basketball after being included in the ideal quintet of the U19 World Cup held a few weeks ago in Hungary.
The pivot was the top scorer (19.7 points per game), the top rebounder (14.3 rebounds per game) and the highest rated with an average of 26 credits of the tournament. A few individual numbers that have led to Mali to conquer the best position in its history by being in fourth position after passing over countries located higher in the FIBA ??ranking such as Canada, Russia or Japan.
His first irruption on the world scene was in the previous 2019 event held in Thailand. On that occasion, the African team was seventh with a Koné who, despite being 17 years old, was already decisive for her team with her frequent double-double average with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Koné reached the ranks of the Canterbury School (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) in the cadet category and from his first year in the Canary Islands he marked the differences leading the Gran Canaria team to achieve the silver of the 2018 Junior Spanish Championship.
He changed Gran Canaria for Tenerife for a campaign in which he was on the verge of promotion to Liga Femenina 2 with the Adareva (2019) and the following year, his debut in national competition came from the hand of Spar Gran Canaria. His staging in the second category was brilliant and his arrival at LF Endesa in the 20/21 academic year has served to consolidate himself among the best despite the fact that it was his first senior year.
The yellow box has managed to retain one of the greatest talents in the league. Thus, Koné and a renewed Spar Gran Canaria will try to equal the meritorious eighth place that got them into the LF Endesa Play-offs last year. For this course, the pivot will face another challenge that was already taking a long time to come: her debut in Europe. The Gran Canaria team will return to international competition with the preview of the Eurocup Women against the London Lions (September 23 and 30).
Her participation in the World Cup confirms that she is a player who does not stop improving herself. At the moment, his individual record at LF Endesa consists of four MVP’s of the day manufactured on the basis of being the top rebounder in the regular league with an average of 11.6 sacks per game and the most valued player with 21 rating points per game.
This generation of 2002 that has managed to lead Mali to fight for the medals is led by Koné but is made up of other players such as Mariam Coulibaly, Maimouna Haidara (Clarinos Tenerife) or Aminata Sangare (Casademont Zaragoza) who have also been trained in Spanish quarries and who have already emerged in the elite.