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Amadou Ndiaye needs to improve defense as La Salle uses D-League stint to prep up for UAAP

by Reynald Magallon, March 06, 2020 12:15am

De La Salle University head coach Derrick Pumaren said that the Green Archers prized recruit Amadou Ndiaye still have a lot to work on especially on the defensive end.

Ndiaye flexed his muscles in the EcoOil-DLSU Green Archers' victory over the Wang Letran Knight, 102-90 in te PBA D-League, finishing with12 points, eight rebounds in 18 minutes of play.

The 6'11" Senegalese big man could have done better in his debut if not for foul trouble hampering him.

"He's getting there, he just has get to used to play the way I want him to play. He just have to stop fouling," said Pumaren who also assumed the coaching position during the UAAP off season.

Pumaren added that he's trying to help Ndiaye to get accustomed to his system while also developing his skills in time for the next season of the UAAP.

"I think the problem is he was here last year but he's not ready to play so parang ang nangyari ngayon na I'm preparing him for the next season instead na I thought he was ready when I get here pero hindi so nagtart pa rin ako sa scratch but he's getting there," added the bench tactician.

while Pumaren has no qualms with Ndiaye's scoring ability, he's more concern on how his big man will play on the defensive end.

" You know what he can do, he just have to get use to it, he just need to toughen up on defense. He has no problem with his offense but defensively, the thing he has to work on, rebounding, especially six fouls today in 19 minutes," Pumaren rued.

Aside from Ndiaye, the D-League stint is also an opportunity for him to learn more about his players.

"Ang adjustment ko right now is getting to know the players. We're still trying to assess everybody who will make it in the season and right now D-League is part of the program going to the UAAP," shared Pumaren.

" I'm still adjusting, I'm still trying to learn the players, trying to implement changes, sometime they go back to their old habits nila but we're getting there."


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