While most of the nation’s attention has been gently hurled toward Oregon Ducks super-freshman Bol Bol, senior Ehab Amin might be overlooked from the viewpoint of fandom, but he’s clearly taking a leadership role with the team.
In a game against the San Diego Torres on Wednesday night, Amin played the tough voice of reason for the Ducks, refusing to allow his teammates to look beyond their opponents on the hardwood.
Apparently, with the Ducks down nine and Oregon calling a timeout, the graduate transfer gave it to his teammates.
“It really started with Ehab yelling at us that we’ve got to put our hands up and play more defense,” Bol said via The AP.
It wasn’t even Oregon’s offense that got the team back in the game, either. Rather, especially after the timeout, it was the effort given on defense and rebounding.
“Yeah, I had to,” Amin said. “At home we can’t let that happen, get down 10 or 20 and then start playing hard and getting defensive stops.
“We showed we can be a good defensive team. We just have to play hard the whole game.”
Some teams, even the sort with NBA-level talent like the Oregon Ducks, need somebody less talented, but easily respected. While a somewhat random game in the middle of December might appear unimportant, it feels like Oregon has just found that guy in Ehab Amin.
All in all, that’s another win.
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