Rocks Big Man Has Important Weeks Ahead

Reporter Mike Sullivan updates the status of a big man who will play for Jim Hart's Albany City Rocks' AAU basketball program over the next couple of weeks ...

Albany City Rocks' program director and head coach, Jim Hart, believes there is a tremendous upside associated with Hippolyte Tsafack, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound inside forward/center from the Miller School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"He's already got an NBA body," said Hart, whose Rocks will compete at the Peach Jam, Showcase, and Nationals in the next couple of weeks on the AAU circuit.

"He is a great offensive rebounder. He is so strong. He's certainly going to be a very good division one college basketball player," said Hart.

Tsafack will need his "A" game if the Rocks are to make any substantial noise in the upcoming events. He can pound away near the rim and disrupt defenders if they try to make a race for the rim.

"With Hippolyte and Brice Kofane, we have some great size along with Will (Regan)," Hart stated. "We have enough strength near the rim to give teams problems."

There is one area Hart would like to see Tsafack make an improvement in. "When he makes a mistake, he tends to let it affect him for the next three or four possessions," Hart concluded.

"I would like to see him is just shake it off, forget about it, and focus on the next possession. If he is able to do this, his consistency level will rise and he'll become a more productive player."

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