Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Aziz N'Diaye's improved offensive game
By Joe Kaiser
Stanford witnessed first-hand what Washington's senior 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye is capable of on the offensive end of the floor. The senior played one of the best offensive games of his career on Saturday, going 5-6 from the field and 4-4 from the line as the Huskies held off the Cardinal in Palo Alto.
It was the latest in what has been an offensive awaking for UW's mammoth senior. Kyle Ringo of the Daily Camera points out that N'Diaye has made 18 of 23 field goal attempts in Pac-12 play, and that's been one of the biggest reasons for the Huskies' surprising 3-0 start. For a team lacking frontcourt scoring, N'Diaye's production has been absolutely huge.
Lorenzo Romar tells the Seattle Times that the hard work put in by new UW assistant Brad Jackson is a big reason for N'Diaye's recent improvement at the free throw line, and that seems to be carrying over to other areas of N'Diaye's offense as well.
N'Diaye also ranks in the top 35 nationally in both effective field goal percentage (64.6) and offensive rebound percentage (15.3), per KenPom.com.