Faye returns from FIBA Championships ready

As SMU basketball practices start, many of the headlines will be whether the back-court can lead the Mustangs to more wins this season. But, the teams success this season, might hinge more on senior forward Mouhammad Faye. Come inside for more.

As SMU basketball practices start, many of the headlines will be whether the back-court can lead the Mustangs to more wins this season. But, the teams success this season, might hinge more on senior forward Mouhammad Faye. Faye is returning from playing basketball overseas this summer, where he represented his Senegal National Team in the 25th FIBA African Championships.

"It was a great experience. I got to play with my national team, that is really a honor. I got to play with great players, players that are in the NBA, and players that play in Europe. It helped me grow as a basketball player," stated Faye to PonyStampede.com.

Senegal went 5-4 in the championship and finished in seventh place. The SMU captain averaged 17.3 points for the tournament to finish seventh among all 187 participants. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and shot 46.7 percent from the field.

"The biggest thing that I learned playing over there was basketball is the same everywhere. It was just like playing at SMU, besides for the competition level. You just have to play hard and you can succeed anywhere."

Faye will look to continue his hard play in less than 10 days, when the Mustangs take on South Florida in their first game of the season.

"We have to keep playing hard. We learned a lot last year. A lot of games we lost were close. This year we have to grow from that and find ways to win," said the forward. "I think we were just young and most of us didn't know what to do in that situation. It's easy to play 35 minutes, but it all changes at the end of the game."

With SMU losing Bamba Fall to graduation, Faye might find himself picking up more of the slack down low in the paint this season.

"We have a lot of other players that can step up. It's not all on me to make up for his work. I know we can't replace him, but we have a lot of guys who can help make up for it. But I will have to do my part," said Faye. "I like what I have seen from the new guys. In individual workouts and in pickup games they should that they have the ability to play at this level. I'm excited to see them step up."



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