That will be on display when the Sooners play their first of two exhibition games at 7 p.m. on Friday when Washburn visits Lloyd Noble Center. The athletic ability should be easy to see. M’Baye has a forward’s size, but glides like a guard. He isn’t a back-to-basket player. He can play on the perimeter.
It will help a team that possesses the Big 12’s leading-returning rebounder (Romero Osby) and scorer (Steven Pledger). However, Osby sees additional benefits from M’Baye’s presence.
“He will bring a different tone of leadership because he leads vocally and by example as well,” he said. “I think sometimes people get tired of hearing that same voice in the locker room all the time. When you have two or three guys out there who have proven themselves as leaders saying something, it’s always good for the team to have two or three guys who can be leaders. So having him in the locker room will help us as well.”
That is something M’Baye admits he was never asked to do at Wyoming. The last time he played a college basketball game, he was a scorer — plain and simple. Now, he’s in situation where the Sooners’ hopes for playing beyond the second weekend in March hinge on him scoring and doing a lot more.
M’Baye has long legs, but it’s still a giant stride he’s being asked to make. He’s had plenty of time to make the adjustment.
“I have a lot more responsibilities,” he said. ”I think my game changed in the way that I work on my skills. I worked on different aspects of the game. I’ve watched the game a lot. I’ve watched film from all of our games, our practices. I just try to make good choices and make sure I can help this team the best way.”
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