Gilas Youth standout AJ Edu appears to be progressing well in the rehabilitation of a right knee injury he sustained in FIBA play last year.
Despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat which forced NCAA Division I team University of Toledo to close its facilities, the 6-foot-10's recovery remains on track.
"I needed to think outside the box with this one," Edu told WOTL News 11's Jordan Strack. "I'm still able to do home exercises. I wasn't doing much stuff with weights. There's a field nearby that I go do my agility and speed stuff. There's always a way if you really look for it."
"It's required a lot of discipline for sure," added Edu. "There are some days where I feel like I don't want to do anything. I know the situation I'm in with my knee. I know how important these exercises are. I just try to stay motivated and try to stay focused and try to stay disciplined."
Edu tore his ACL and meniscus while playing against Greece in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup last year. The injury forced him to miss an entire season with the Rockets, with whom he averaged 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 14.3 minutes and 33 games during his rookie year.
"It was kinda tough on me realizing that I wasn't going to be able to play for a whole year," Edu said. "I've kind of taken it as a blessing in disguise. I believe in God, so I think everything happens for a reason."
After sitting out his entire sophomore year, the Filipino-Nigerian is expected to make a full recovery and be an integral part of Toledo's frontline in the coming season over at the Mid-American Conference next season.
"I've taken it as a year to focus on myself and make sure I build my body up and focus on my basketball skills, improve my shooting. I think I've done that so far and there's still a couple months left, I'll continue to do that," he said.