BANGOR – For Ilker Er, the dawn of 2018 has been a breath of fresh air.
“That was kinda like a good start you know like conference games. Kinda like a new season for me like 2018 I kinda want to forget 2017, it was not a good year for me,” Er said.
The Maine men’s basketball big man is just 12 months removed from a torn ACL.
While the road to recovery has been a tough one, Er has never showed any signs of giving in.
“He’s just a fighter he’s battled he’s played out of position for us he’s struggled making wide open shots and that’s the best thing he does on the basketball court. He believes in himself, his teammates believe in him,” Maine head coach Bob Walsh said.
In his second game of the new year Er poured in a season high 23 points against Binghamton as Maine closed the game on a 28-19 run to shock the Bearcats on the road, a win that has done wonders for the team.
“Like we had a win and the next practice everybody was like playing with a winner mentality, nobody was thinking about losing anymore. Nobody was sad anymore I kinda like miss the winning games it’s just a great feeling,” Er said.
It’s all good for Er right now. At this time last year he was fresh off major surgery now he’s confident and ready to make some noise in America East.
I feel like we may play final to be honest. I can’t wait to play against Vermont because they play tournament last year and I’m just excited about that game to be honest, I can’t wait,” Er said.
Er and the Black Bears have a date with the Catamounts on Monday. A win against the Catamounts would most certainly bring Maine’s confidence to a new level.