Yes, Eagles have given Chibueze Ikeh green light to shoot threes
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2017 08:48 PM
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO. Ateneo's Chibueze Ikeh is the latest big man to show off his range.
Ben Mbala is not the only big man who can shoot threes.
Not to be outdone by his counterpart from their archrivals, Ateneo de Manila University’s Chibueze Ikeh unveiled a new facet to his game on Saturday.
In his first two seasons in the league, he only attempted two shots from beyond the arc and made neither.
Up against National University, he launched two long-range missiles and both hit the mark. “Coaches have been teaching me other facets of the game such as shooting, dribbling. I just found myself open and I just had to shoot it and went in,” he said post-game.
Those threes were part of a career outing that saw him totaling 18 points on top of 11 rebounds and two blocks.
While the double-double was pretty much expected for a big man like him, the threes were pretty much a surprise for just about everybody.
Not for the Blue Eagles coaching staff, however. “We weren’t surprised. The coaches have been giving him the green light to shoot if he has a good rhythm to shoot it,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.
He then continued, “People were surprised he even attempted, but we’ve seen him shoot in practice and he’s been knocking it down. We weren’t surprised cause we’ve seen him do it already.”
And watch out, because it’s not just shooting the six-foot-seven center may be showing off sooner than later. “One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] and the coaching staff wants to do is develop these players and try not to put a limit to these guys. We teach them everything,” Arespacochaga shared.
Whether it be shooting or dribbling, Ikeh said he will just keep on following his mentors. “I’m not feeling any pressure. It’s just a game. If I miss, that’s okay,” he said.
He then continued, “Coaches are teaching me every aspect of the game and that’s giving me the confidence I need.”
That confidence is a very much welcome development for the third-year big man who is now in his final go-round for the blue and white. “I want to make the Ateneans proud – that’s my goal. It’s gonna be tough, but I trust my teammates and my coaches and we will just work hard,” he expressed.
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