CJ Aiken couldn’t help but beam upon learning that his coach Ricky Dandan had sung his praises, following his excellent outing in the Columbian Dyip’s 123-103 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds to lead the Dyip to their second win in three games, leaving Dandan impressed: “Of course, I’m happy with our import right now with the way he played.”
“I’m happy he’s happy. That’s the big thing for us,” beamed Aiken.
The six-foot-nine big man has been playing well for two games now, eclipsing his nine-point debut last Sunday versus Blackwater Elite. After Saturday, Aiken is now averaging 19.3 points and 16.7 rebounds.
For the Pennsylvania native, this is all because of him getting acclimatized with the PBA’s style of play.
“The calls, the style of play, I’m definitely getting comfortable. Once I do, then I should be fine,” he said. “I knew that it would take some time — it’s still gonna take some time for me — but as time goes on I’ll be better and better.”
As the old saying goes, nobody knows what the future holds, and that is seemingly the case for Aiken with Columbian. But the five-year pro doesn’t want to worry much about that, that his only focus is doing his job.
“It ain’t up to me. I’m just doing my job.” expressed the product of Saint Joseph’s University.
“I’m just going to play my game and not get worried about that. If I worry about that, I’ll play bad.”