Aurora Cooperative Five Star Performer

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Updated: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 03:06:38 CST

It's been quite a start to the Bill Gavers era at Hastings College.

The Broncos are out of the gates 9-1 and a perfect 4-0 in conference play.

One of the many reasons for their success is the emergence of a big man from a distant country.

Will Sherratt has the story of our News 5 Aurora Cooperative Five Star Performer.
 
Take a peek at the Hastings College Basketball roster, it's littered with talent from across Nebraska ... and a center from Senegal.

That's right .... Ibu Fall ...one of the newest Broncos is over 5,000 miles from his home in west Africa.
 
"I came to visit first. Obviously it's a huge difference, like just a smaller town but the thing that attracted me most was like how nice the people are."

Fall moved to the states in 2009 ...to play basketball at the University of Missouri St. Louis but transferred to Hastings for his final season in search of more playing time
 
"He's just a genuine person who is fun to be around. His basketball skill speaks for itself."

And the 6 foot 7 Fall gives the Broncos a whole new dimension, athleticism inside.


"He's so physical. He's a big, strong kid. He has the ability inside to score. To power up to the basket. He is mobile. He is not a big who can't move. He can move and that is a huge advantage."

And it's an advantage the Broncos desperately need ...with fellow big Dylan Flynn out for the year.


"My part became a lot bigger so I have to step up like everybody is saying and make a difference."


"I think sky is the limit for him and he has a passionate to get better every day. He wants to learn and he wants to be taught."


He also wants to help fulfill the team goal ...of reaching the NAIA national tournament.


And if the Broncos are to make it that far ... you can bet their senior center from Senegal will be a big reason why.