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Washington's Aziz N'Diaye becoming more of an offensive threat

Known for his shot blocking and rebounding, Aziz N'Diaye has become a bigger offensive threat for the Huskies this season.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Aziz N'Diaye made an impact in each of his first two seasons with the Washington Huskies, but mostly as a shot blocker and rebounder. Five games into his senior season, N'Diaye has shown he can also be a factor on the offensive end.

N'Diaye is averaging 10.8 points per game this season, up from the 7.8 he averaged last season. He scored at least 10 points in three of Washington's five games. He has also been efficient this season, making 67.9 percent of his field goal attempts, which helped open the door for a bigger role on offense. Head coach Lorenzo Romar said that by shooting as well as he has, N'Diaye has earned more offensive touches.

The improved offensive ability has come through a lot of hard work. N'Diaye said he has worked hard to improve his hands, noting that he didn't have very good hands early on in his Husky career. Forward Desmond Simmons said N'Diaye has also become more aggressive and is looking for his shot more.

Whatever led to the improvement, the Huskies will need it to continue this season. The Huskies have lost two of their last three games and a productive N'Diaye would go a long way to getting back on the winning track.