Action Sports Spotlight - "Tiki" Mayben

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM EDT

"It's actually been easy for me right now. Everybody is focusing on DJ and with that said I get the leftovers."
There has been a lot left over for Tiki Mayben lately. Clutch threes, game-winning shots, and top player honors. He's come a long way in just one year making the jump from Division III junior college ball at Hudson Valley community college.
Tiki Mayben says, " I attribute a lot of my success in the last couple of games to Hudson Valley. It got me focused on what I was going to see. I got trapped a lot I got triple teamed. I got face guarded and I couldn't get the ball. At the end of the game I had to make the bigshot and it really put in a comfort level at the end of the game."

At the start of this season Tiki appeared anything but comfortable. After a loss at Albany his hometown he says he read dedicated himself to being a better player.
Guard DJ Rivera says, " I don't think he was happy at the beginning of the season how he was shooting the ball. Now he's in the gym all the time. I go to the gym with him, he's in the gym with me. He's in the gym a lot and he's making shots and his confidence is real high right now. Hopefully it will continue to be that way."
Coach Kevin Broadus adds, "He's a talent and that's what we brought him here for. He started out slow but this is the Tiki, or Emmanuel, I envisioned when we went out and recruited him."

The recruitment of Tiki has been the story since 2003 he didn't qualify at Syracuse and didn't like it at UMass. Now a father he's happy and focused on the job at hand.

"I've been on the top of the top and I've been on the bottom of the bottom. When it comes to the media I just try and stay level. I'm not playing this card or that card I'm just playing the we are going to win card. That's all we care about is winning."

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