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March 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Bryan-Amaning looks ahead

One of the real X factors for next season will be center Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
With Jon Brockman gone, MBA is the most logical candidate to step in to the starting lineup and fill in some of Brockman’s lost production.
He looked more than able to do it in the pre-season when he had some big games, such as 10 points and 15 rebounds against Montana and 23 and 12 against Portland State.
He also had a couple of decent games early in the Pac-10 season with 12 points each against USC and Oregon State.
But after the 12-pointer against USC on Jan. 22 he never hit double figures again in either category. His highest scoring game the rest of the way was nine in the home win against Arizona and most rebounds was six a couple of different times. He finished with Pac-10 averages of 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 38.9 percent.
His falloff coincided with a toe injury, though he said by the end of the season he was fine.
“I was healthy,” he said following the season-ending loss to Purdue.
So what did happen?
“It was just that when the Pac-10 season started, everyone started to fill in their roles, Jon and Isaiah (Thomas) and Quincy (Pondexter) were the main offensive guys on this team and I felt that maybe if one of those guys wasn’t having a good scoring night I needed to step up,” he said. “But what they needed from me and Darnell (Gant) was defense and rebounding, really.”
As for next year, Bryan-Amaning says he has no worries that he can take on a much larger role.
“I’m confident for next year,” he said. “Everybody says I’ve got the skill set, whatever, to be ready to play next year. It’s just being able to work harder all spring and summer to be ready to play.”

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