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Amadou Sow is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Big West conference. Last season the 6’9 forward averaged 14 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.1 BPG and shot 38% from 3 point range. This led to him being named to the All-Big West 2nd Team. I think he’ll be on the first team this upcoming season. Sow plays for UC Santa Barbara for Coach Pasternack. I was able to catch up with Sow and ask him some thought-provoking questions recently. Below is the full interview:
Q: How has COVID affected your ability to workout and get better this offseason?
A: “The way COVID 19 affected me this past spring is by not letting me do my usual team workouts. For the first 3 weeks of COVID 19 I was not able to workout. But after I was able to get on a routine and workout every day. This past month I was able to workout even more as I have full access to a gym.”
Q: You went from not shooting many 3s at all your freshman season and shooting 20% to shooting 1 or 2 almost every game and shooting 38% your sophomore season, was that something you really worked on improving last off-season and how so?
A: “My freshman season I just trusted in my coaching staff. They told me that I will get the opportunity to show that I can make the 3 ball so I just waited, worked on my 3 ball all spring and summer by following the shooting plan my coach gave me. By this season my coach gave me the opportunity to shoot the 3 ball and thanks to the man above I was able to shoot it well.”
Q: What part of your game are you working on improving the most this off-season?
A: “This summer I’m working on sharpening all the parts of my game. Lot of focus on ball handling, shooting, weights and most importantly my leadership skills.”
Q: What’s it like playing for Coach Pasternack?
A: “Playing for a coach who wants to win and demand your best all the time is great because at the end of day I want to give my best whenever I’m between the lines. Coach Pasternack is a winner and he wants all of his players to be winners. It’s fun playing for him if you want to win as much as he wants to.”
Q: What’s the toughest road environment you’ve played in during your college career so far?
A: “The toughest road environment I’ve played in probably is my first ever college game at Wyoming. The crowd was heavily involved in the game and the altitude was crazy. I remember after the game I was coughing due to the altitude.”
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: “Next season I want to be a leader on my team, win our conference regular season, win our conference tournament and make a run in the NCAA tournament.”