Mar 18, 2014 8:50 PM by Bill Halter
Down the stretch during Cal Poly's Big West Championship game, Ridge Shipley made the game winning shot and Zach Gordon drew the game clinching charge but if not for David Nwaba scoring six points in the final 3:35, Shipley and Gordon might not have been hero's. "I always had hope of making it this far" said Nwaba of making the NCAA tournament.
Nwaba started his career by redshirting at a division-2 school in Hawai'i. He then transferred to Santa Monica Junior College and then this season fulfilled his dream of playing division-1. "Being at a division two school I know that this would have never happened so I had to make moves to get to the division one level" said Nwaba.
Nwaba is the Mustangs second leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points per game. He also averages 4.9 rebounds as Cal Poly's starting small forward. Nwaba isn't a typical perimeter player, he hasn't taken a three pointer all season. He knows his game and it's getting to the hoop. "He brings that edge, that aggressiveness, that quickness, he's the perfect compliment to our team" said head coach Joe Callero.
Nwaba makes 53 percent of his shots, shots that are usually at the rim. As a non shooting threat, defenders play well off of Nwaba when he has the ball, daring him to shoot. "That just gives me a full head of steam, it's no worries that they're sagging off me, I just try to be aggressive" said Nwaba.
The high flying sophomore will be on the floor on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio as the Mustangs play Texas Southern in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is set for 3:40 and will be broadcast on TruTV.
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