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Pro basketball runs in Sesay’s veins

Ansu Sesay was born with basketball talent. That’s what happens when you’re the son of a former professional player, one who was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998.

2 20 18 Ansu SesayBut more than talent, the 6-foot-4-inch Weatherford College freshman forward/post received some advice from his dad that has played an even bigger role in his development.

“He tells me little things about the game, like the higher you go the more mental it becomes,” Sesay said. “That’s what it comes down to. As I progress through each level, that advice has helped me a lot.”

Sesay came to Weatherford College as a walk-on after seeing the success and enjoyment some of his Fort Bend Elkins teammates, Ken Busby and Tyrik Armstrong, were having. They are part of the “Sugar Land Five,” who started as freshmen and are now sophomores.

Sesay knew cracking into the starting lineup for the Coyotes would be tough. He’s satisfied coming off the bench, making an impression and biding his time as he waits for his chance to start next season. All the while he’s watching and learning the mental things that can make a difference.

“It comes down to being ready,” he said. “When coach calls my name, I have to go in and do what is needed so we don’t lose a step.”

Sesay is averaging five points, four rebounds, a steal and an assist coming off the bench. He has played in all but two games and averages around 20 minutes each contest.

And, he appears to be on his way to earning a scholarship for next season.

“He’s got all the tools,” Coyotes coach Mark Osina said. “He’s already doing some good things for us, and I can’t wait to see what he brings back to us next season.”

Sesay’s father, Ansu Sesay Jr., was drafted by the Mavericks in 1998. However, an NBA lockout and subsequent injury forced him to play in the Continental Basketball Association and overseas for most of his career, though he did play in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors in 2004-05. He was also named the NBA Developmental League MVP in 2002.

“The main benefit of having a dad who played pro is the knowledge you gain,” Sesay said. “I’m always around basketball.”

Sesay’s mental advantage includes realizing to progress he has to work harder than anyone else on the team.

“There’s less margin for error,” he said. “You also have to be smart. I play with a chip on my shoulder, knowing my time could be limited.

“I know I still have a lot to do before next season. I have to stay hungry, and that’s not going to be a problem.”

by Rick Mauch