Diana Letaru remains an integral part of the team of KIU Rangers, says coach Lutwama

Diana Letaru takes on the Tracy Namugosa in a recent National Basketball League game| NBL image

BASKETBALL Diana Letaru remains an integral part of the team of KIU Rangers, says coach Lutwama

Ian Asabo 12:32 - 21.06.2023

KIU Rangers head coach, Julius Lutwama, has clarified that star forward Diana Letaru will continue to be an essential part of the team, despite her recent move to the United States.

Letaru, who recently completed her transfer to Grayson College during the mid-season break, will join forces with former UCU Lady Canon, Abby Priscilla, in a few weeks.

Lutwama emphasized that Letaru's presence within the team structure will only be phased out after her significant contributions to the side.

He explained that the adjustment would be gradual as they adapt to playing without her.

"She is part of the structure, and we can't just phase her out immediately because of the importance that she had to the side, and this process will come gradually as we look to adjust without her," Lutwama told Pulse Sports.

While acknowledging that the team will miss Letaru's influence moving forward, Lutwama stated they must make necessary adjustments as the season progresses.

"We are very aware that she is going to go in a few weeks, but she is here and part of the team, and when she goes, we shall take care of the situation then," he added.

In the recent 70-31 victory over the Angels, Letaru showcased her skills by posting an impressive double-double performance with 14 points and 14 rebounds, earning her a spot on the Pulse Sports Team of the Week.

Throughout the season, Letaru has been averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game, making her the most valuable asset of the Kansanga-based side.

When asked about the team's prospects for success this season, Lutwama expressed confidence and emphasized the need for belief in their abilities.

"We know that we are capable of making the finals, and we need to believe that this is the only year we have, and we have a realistic opportunity of winning the title, but we need to take it game by game," Lutwama told this website.

Next in league action, the KIU Rangers will face the KCCA Leopards on Friday night, aiming to secure back-to-back victories.