Tag:Daouda Soumaoro
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 9:34 am

Commitment Catch-up: Big men reach decision

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Daouda Soumaoro’s recruitment picked up late in the spring as teams began to realize their need for another big man for the fall.

On Friday, the 6-foot-9 Mali native made a decision: Soumaoro is headed to Texas Tech.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Soumaoro told CBSSports.com. “I loved all my visits to St. John’s, Washington and Texas Tech. I really liked all of them but I felt more connected to coach [Billy] Gillispie and Texas Tech.

“The opportunity to play early in my freshman year was a key for me to join the Tech program to further develop my game and better myself as a student.”

Soumaoro, a talented but raw post player who attends Our Savior New American (N.Y.), is looking forward to his time in Lubbock.

“I will do the best I can to help Texas Tech in the Big 12,” he said.

Iowa State nets Percy Gibson

The number of available big men in the class of 2011 continues to dwindle.

Former Dayton signee Percy Gibson, who reopened his recruit when Brian Gregory left for Georgia Tech, signed with Iowa State on Saturday.

“To be able to sign a player of Percy’s caliber this late in the year is remarkable,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said in a statement. “Percy is an extremely gifted player and he has a body that is equipped for immediate contributions next year. He has the ability to score on the block as well as the versatility to face up away from the basket. We are looking forward to getting Percy on campus as soon as possible.”

Gibson, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Detroit, chose the Cyclones over Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

News and Notes

- 2013 guard Dederick Lee committed to Mike Anderson and Arkansas over the weekend. Lee’s father told Brian Snow of Scout.com that Lee would have committed to Missouri if Anderson were still there. “If Coach Anderson coached on the moon, we would have gone there to play for him,” Frederick Lee said.

- As Dave Telep first tweeted, Cal State Bakersfield guard Alex Johnson is transferring to North Carolina State. Johnson, who averaged 13.3 points for Bakersfield, has one year of eligibility remaining.

- In other transfer news, former Niagara transfer Kashief Edwards (12.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is headed to Northeastern. Edwards has one year of eligibility left.

- A couple of Atlantic-10 commitments for 2011: A.J. West (Duquesne) and Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure).

- Former New Mexico commit Abdel Nader popped for Northern Illinois on Friday. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the biggest recruiting scores in Northern Illinois history.” Nader could prep next season due to academics, though. 

Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 1:35 pm

Daouda Soumaoro down to three


Posted by Jeff Borzello

Washington, Texas Tech, St. John’s.

It’s not the most common final three on a player’s list, but those are the three schools in the mix for uncommitted 2011 big man Daouda Soumaoro.

“I’m going to Washington this weekend,” Soumaoro said. “Also visiting Texas Tech on Tuesday.”

Soumaoro is a 6-foot-9 native of Mali who plays his basketball at Our Savior New American (N.Y.) on Long Island.

The power forward took a trip to St. John’s recently, and enjoyed his time on the Jamaica, Queens campus.

“It was great,” Soumaoro said.

Could Steve Lavin be close to welcoming a 10th player into the fold? Or will Soumaoro head to the Southwest or Pacific Northwest? 

Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Thornwell on the rise

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The class of 2013 is going to be known for its depth at the wing position, and one player making his way up the rankings is Sindarius Thornwell.

Thornwell, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lancaster (S.C.), makes an immediate impact because of his length and athleticism. He handles the ball and distributes well for someone his size, and is also adept at finishing.

“I’m quick and I can handle the ball,” Thornwell said. “I’m always attacking and I play defense.”

Plenty of colleges have taken notice of the versatile 2013 prospect.

Thornwell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Charlotte. He also has interest from Louisville, UCF and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.

Thornwell, who has visited Clemson and South Carolina, knows exactly what he needs in a school.

“I’m looking for playing style, good academics and playing time,” he said. “That’s it.”

2013 big man looking to improve

Most 6-foot-10 sophomores can get by on size and length alone. Andre Walker, on the other hand, is constantly looking to get better.

As it stands, he is a talented but raw big man who can run the floor and finish after he catches it.

“I need to make strong moves and play better defense,” Walker said. “I need to get better, get stronger. I also want to work on my perimeter game. I’m working hard.”

The Clarksburg (Md.) native is hearing from DePaul, Washington State, VCU, Northwestern, George Mason and Maryland.

Whitfield transfers to team with Tyler Lewis

North Carolina is loaded with prospects in the class of 2012. One player flying under the radar is Shane Whitfield, a 6-foot-5 forward.

In an attempt to make a name for himself, Whitfield is transferring next year to Forsyth Country Day School (N.C.). There, he will team up with North Carolina State commit Tyler Lewis in hopes of increasing his recruitment.

“It’s better competition,” Whitfield said. “I want to get better everyday.”

Right now, Whitfield has offers from Delaware, American, Campbell and Holy Cross, with interest from Richmond, Charlotte and East Carolina.

Other notes:

- A Texas team in need of impact players could pick up one this weekend. Recently available Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow are both visiting Austin this weekend.

- Unsigned 2011 center Daouda Soumaoro is currently on an official visit to Washington. Soumaoro took a trip to St. John’s recently, and said he enjoyed it.

- Top-50 2012 forward Ricardo Gathers is taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s this weekend. The Louisiana native also wants to take a trip to Florida.

Photo: 6manbasketball.com 

Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:36 am

Recruiting Notebook: St. John's after 2011 big

Posted by Jeff Borzello

St. John’s is already bringing in eight players for next season, but the Red Storm aren’t done yet.

While they are involved with God’s Gift Achiuwa and Jamari Traylor, Steve Lavin has his eye on another frontcourt player.

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-9 native of Mali who plays his basketball at Our Savior New American (N.Y.), has been hearing from St. John’s and said the Red Storm are one of his two favorites.

“I’m going to visit St. John’s and Texas Tech,” Soumaoro said. “After those visits, I’m going to commit.”

He also said Charlotte, Iona, Towson, Washington and Providence were showing varying levels of interest.


Bryant on track for 2011

Chris Bryant planned on making a decision during the middle of his high school season, but he is just now getting around to visits.

“In the next couple of weeks,” Bryant said.

Bryant, a 6-foot-7 forward from Rickards (Fla.), is considering Florida State, Alabama, Houston, Virginia Tech and Marquette.

“Great program, great academics,” he said when asked what he was looking for in a school. “Some place that feels like home and is safe, basically.”

Bryant did say there was a chance he would have to attend prep school next season, but he is improving academically and should be on track to attend college in the fall.

He added that Florida State and Houston were standing out to him at this point.

A.J. English deciding between prep and college

With the clock ticking, A.J. English is still taking his time with a college decision.

“Right now I’m looking at majors and mid-majors,” English said. “Keeping my options open until the end of May.”

English, a 6-foot-2 guard from Appoquinimink (Del.), said Boston College, La Salle, Seton Hall, Old Dominion, Towson and others are pursuing him.

“I like every school right now,” said English, who added that he was in the process of planning visits.

There’s also another option for English this coming fall – prep school.

“I’m still making a decision with my parents for the best situation,” he said. “I don’t know yet.”

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