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Tye Hammond took over West High boy's basketball this year and he'll tell you changes needed to be made.
"When I first took this job," coach Hammond told 23ABC on Tuesday at their game against South, "the camaraderie and the feel of people being excited for West High basketball necessarily wasn't there."
Changes come easy when you are winning games.
Winning games comes easier with a player like 6 foot 7 inch center Malik Washington.
"We needed this," Hammond said of his star transfer, "we needed him badly.
He was a Christmas present, that was definite."
In the four games he's been a Viking, Malik has averaged 17 points and 18 rebounds. He had a pair of 22 point performances against South and Ridgeview.
"Right before the Ridgeview game I was thinking to myself," Washington explained, "if no one is going to step up then I am going to step up."
"He changed so many shots in that game," Hammond added, "I think that was the biggest difference."
The transfer has made a winning difference in nearly every game he's been involved in. The senior's size and skill make him a star on the basketball court but Malik says his priorities lie in the classroom.
"Graduating was the first thing on my mind and getting my grades right," Washington said of his transfer, "I have good study ethics. I ask for help when I need help and then basketball comes naturally."
For his back to back 22 point league winning performances - West High's 6' 7'' center earns a plaque provided by Kern Trophies and the title of male athlete of the week.