Tangara officially a Wildcat

Some things are worth the wait. An athletic big man who hits the boards is one of those things. It took a few extra days, but the Arizona basketball team finally received the Letter-of-Intent from Mohamed Tangara on Saturday.

Tangara, a 6-9 power forward from Mali, originally committed to the Wildcats at the end of August but had difficulties getting his Letter-of-Intent signed and sent. Tangara attends Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, NC, while his guardian in the United States lives in Georgia. Tangara flew to Georgia on Saturday afternoon. He and his guardian Linzy Davis signed the Letter-of-Intent and faxed it to the Wildcats.

"He's 100% Arizona," Davis said.

Tangara is a 6-9 post player who is a vital part of this recruiting class. He's a big, strong presence down low who will bolster the Wildcats front line next season. Offensively, he's raw but very athletic.

"Mohamed brings a tremendous amount of intensity and a strong desire to succeed," said Josh Pastner. "He is a great defender and a big time rebounder that we feel will continue to grow on the offensive end."

Tangara is very coachable and is a tireless worker on the court. He should step right in and press for time in the frontcourt, especially if Channing Frye departs early for the NBA.

At 230 pounds, Tangara has a great frame and has good strength. He averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds as a junior last season. TheInsiders has him ranked as the 11th best power forward and the 38th best prospect overall.

"Mohamed is a warrior on the boards who takes pride in doing the little things," Lute Olson said. "He is a person of outstanding character and we are pleased to have him join our program."

The native of Mali came to the United States in an effort to improve his chances of becoming a professional basketball player. He has stated previously that he hopes to earn enough money to help out his family back in Africa.

Tangara is the third member of the recruiting class, joining swingman Jawann McClellan and guard Daniel Dillon. The Wildcats are still waiting on word from another big man, Maryland's Davis Nwankwo. Seven-footer Robert Rothbart's interest in Arizona seems to be waning, TheInsiders have reported that Indiana may lead and that a number of schools including USC, UCLA and Kentucky are trying to get involved.

Arizona's class is currently ranked 23rd by TheInsiders, but would go up if either Nwankwo or Rothbart commits.


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