Hamidu Rahman Adjusting

Hamidu Rahman has what every college coach is looking for: size. The 6-foot-10 1/2 junior from New Jersey is a work in progress - and the improvement has come at American Christian this past season.

Hamidu Rahman's scoring is down, but the junior big man doesn't regret his move.

Rahman transferred from Franklin High (N.J.) to American Christian (Pa.) prior to the season and saw his scoring average drop from 14 points to a dozen this year.

``It doesn't matter to me because the competition is much tougher here," said the 6-foot-10 ½, 265-pound New Jersey native.

While his offensive production has dropped, Rahman has watched as his rebounding numbers have increased from 11 boards per game to 15 per contest.

``I think I've definitely improved and gotten better this year," he said.

Rahman has benefited playing alongside top sophomore Tyreke Evans and Nasir Robinson and the trio will play together in the spring and summer for a new team, Team Final, run by former New Jersey All-Stars assistant Rob Brown. ``He's a big body who just needs to work on his confidence," Brown said. "When he starts off the game good, he ends up playing really well. But he needs to become consistent with his confidence."

Rahman and Brown both said that Pittsburgh, St. John's, Louisville and Syracuse are all keeping tabs on Rahman's progress.

``I like Pittsburgh a lot right now," Rahman said.

``Because of his size, he's going to get a lot of attention from high-majors," added Brown. ``He just needs to slim down 15 pounds so he can run the floor better, because he's a force down low."


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