Thursday, December 16, 2010

A new Ambrose for UAlbany

ALBANY - Tim Ambrose was having a tough practice on Wednesday afternoon.

It took just one comment from his coach to get him back on track.

"We don't want the old Timmy."

“He looked at me and nodded and he got back into the swing of things,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown. “He’s really working hard.”

Amrbose has been a big reason for the Great Danes' success so far this season.

The senior guard is averaging second-best 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for UAlbany, which is 5-6 this season as they head into Saturday's game against Mount St. Mary's.

“Timmy’s been a model of consistency so far,” Brown said. “This is the most consistent basketball he’s played in his career and it’s the best basketball he’s played in his career.”

Ambrose has been more "focused", according to his head coach and is becoming more of a "student of the game".

“He deserves to have a good senior year and that’s also going to make us a lot better,” Brown said.

Ambrose sits 16th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,239 career points, just 30 points behind Dan Croutier (1981-85), to move into the Top 15.

“I think Tim’s playing really well,” said sophomore guard Logan Aronhalt. “I think he’s a completely different player from last year, shooting the ball well and making great decision for us. We’re a tough matchup with us two on the wing."

Aronhalt's success could be another reason why Ambrose has improved. Opposing teams need to account for Aronhalt, who is the team's leading scorer at 17.8 points per game.

“The guys that Tim has around him now, are perfect for him to succeed,” Brown said.

Ambrose and the Great Danes hope the success continues.

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