Coach speak: Ibrahim Djambo

Gene Bess has spent the last 43 years at Three Rivers Community College as the head men's basketball coach.

During that time, Bess has won over 1,100 games, led the Raiders to a pair of national championships [1979, 1992] and twice been named NJCAA National Coach of the Year.

In each of the last two seasons, Bess coached Ibrahim Djambo, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Mali. On Monday night, Djambo committed to play his final two seasons of college ball at Clemson.

Bess spoke with CUTigers on Tuesday afternoon.

"Ibrahim is just a great young man, to go along with good athleticism. He's got an especially good focus about himself, excellent character," he said. "I think he'll be a real good addition [to Clemson]."

As a sophomore at Three Rivers, Djambo averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

"He's really strong for his weight and is good around the basket," Bess said. "In other words, I think he's a good player for you."

Djambo will add some versatility to a Clemson front court that returns just three players from last year's team.

He made 127 of 285 field goal attempts, a 44.6 percent clip. From behind the 3-point line, Djambo hit 35 of 99 shots. He also blocked 39 shots and handed out 25 assists.

"I guess the thing that he does best is pick-and-pop on the offensive end of the court. He's got a nice shot," Bess said.

Djambo, who spent time in France training before he came to America, fits into a European mold.

"He's European style, but he'll draw a charge. He's a tough kid," Bess said. "He's skilled…he's had some good coaching before he ever got over here." Top Stories