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It’s all about the state of mind for Bubu Palo.
And right now, the fifth-year Iowa State senior is in a good spot after a big-time summer league performance.
“I’m in the gym,” he said, “but sometimes you’re in the game and you’re out there, if you’re not confident when you shoot it, you’re not necessarily going to make it as much.”
“My confidence is definitely up, so that’s probably why I’m shooting the ball better.”
Palo became just the second player in Capital City League history to average a triple-double, posting 33.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.3 assists per summer-league game.
He attributed his success to confidence and recognizing there’s a chance for him to play a major part in ISU’s backcourt next season.
"Before, we had so many upperclassmen ever since I was here,” said Palo. “(Diante Garrett), Scott Christopherson, Korie (Lucious), other people they kind of had big expectations, I had a smaller role.
“With all them leaving, I feel like there’s a great opportunity for me, so I’m definitely in the gym trying to expand my game and definitely work on that, because there’s a lot of openings and a lot of good possibilities for me to step up this year.”
Palo looked to be a strong contender to start at point guard next season throughout much of the spring, but the Cyclones reeled in Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane, who is able to play both backcourt spots and will assuredly be in the starting lineup come November.
“I think (he) brings a lot and helps the team a lot more,” Palo said. “Experience, someone who’s been there, who’s seen a lot, who can bring it up the court. He’s got good size, so he can play off the ball, someone who can take the pressure off me to pick up sometimes. It definitely helps us a lot.