Rising sophomore post player Abdulai Bundu missed his first two free throws against Theodore Roosevelt in the Falconers Summer League semifinals Monday. As he stepped to the line minutes later, a friendly voice called from the crowd.
“Get some more air on your free throws.”
Bundu looked, nodded and made both free throws. When Bundu returned to the line again soon after, he sank a pair again.
Though that 4 of 4 free-throw stretch helped Bundu score 12 first-half points, Largo fell to Theodore Roosevelt, 39-25. Largo meets Potomac in a consolation game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
In the league championship game scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Theodore Roosevelt plays Riverdale Baptist, which beat Potomac, 59-41, in the other semifinal.
Largo led at halftime, 16-14 in large part due to Bundu. After playing junior varsity as a freshman, he showed an ability to score inside, rebound and block shots.
“He does a lot of things really, really well,” Largo coach Lew Howard said. “So, we’re hoping that he continues at the same pace and progresses and gets better for the next three years. So, by the time he’s a senior, we would expect him to be very, very good.”
Perhaps, the lanky Bundu -- 6-foot-6, “teetering 6-7,” says Howard -- did nothing better than convert shots amid contact in the paint.
“He doesn’t have the bulk, but he’s aggressive,” Howard said. “He’s extremely aggressive.”
Howard said Bundu might have gotten tired in the second half, when he didn’t score. But as Bundu improves his strength and footwork, a little fatigue might not be enough to stop him.
“He has to learn out system a little bit more,” Howard said. “He’s doing great. He’s projecting right where we think he is.
“Things are going to fall in line in for him, but we’re taking it as it happens.”