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From the Bronx to Regina: Basketball across North America

Doesn’t matter how far he’s travelled, he still drives the paint./ Arthur Ward
Doesn’t matter how far he’s travelled, he still drives the paint./ Arthur Ward

Forward Rawane Ndiaye beginning to make an impact for Cougars

author: kristian ferguson – sports writer

Coming from New York City and playing across the USA in Dallas at Woodrow Wilson High School, in Raleigh, N.C. at Body of Christ Academy and in Knoxville, Tennessee at the University of Tennessee, Rawane Ndiaye now calls the U of R his home and men’s Cougars basketball, his team. Having only started playing on the ninth of January, Rawane is still trying to get used to many of the obstacles that come with playing on a new team, in a new country. Rawane stands taller than any of his teammates at 6’11” and, if his University of Tennessee record is anything to go by, is a strong addition to the University’s basketball team. I interviewed Rawane to get his thoughts and input on his move to the cold north.

 

What made you choose the U of R over other universities?

I have a connection out here with the football program so, you know, it was a good opportunity. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but they had the connection with Coach Steve. I came out here on my visit and figured that they would need me, you know, especially next year, when I get in the right shape. So, you know, they are like family to me now.

 

What’s it like being in Canada coming from Tennessee?

Oh its different, it’s cold. The weather is different; the city is different. I came from a bigger city, not even Tennessee. So, there is a lot of differences but I am getting used to it, so it’s just a matter of time.

Are there any differences playing in Regina than there is in the US?

The rules are different, you know, somehow, also the 24-second shot clock is my main issue, so I’m still trying to get adapted to it. It’s getting better, but I’m still trying to get my feel on the court, get in my comfort zone. It’s been two years, so it’s kind of tough with a different transition coming from a slower pace to a faster pace, so it’s a tough transition for me, but I’m working on it.

What do you like about playing in Regina?

I like it down here. I came here for business, not for fun. I’m out here to help out the team, try to make something out of my life. It’s just like playing anywhere. It’s basketball, you know, I’m here for basketball, so it’s going to stay at that. It’s always good to have fun with the guys every now and then, but I’m here for a mission, not just to have fun.

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