Boubacar Sylla, a 7-1, 260-pound center, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he plans to sign a scholarship to play for Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers.
"I plan to play for Auburn because I think that is the best place for me," says Sylla, who notes he also considered offers from Southern Cal and Fresno State.
Sylla is expected to join early period signee Tyrell Lynch, a 6-8 power forward from Buffalo, N.Y., in Auburn's incoming freshman class.
"I will graduate in June and then I plan to go to Auburn after that," Sylla says.
Sylla transferred to Stoneridge Prep in California prior to the 2006-2007 season along with a group of players from Florida Preparatory Academy. A player still in the developmental stages who was soccer goalie before deciding to concentrate on basketball, the big post player averaged 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds.
However, he is considered to be a prospect with a lot of potential because of his athleticism. He has a soft shooting touch, runs the floor well and is known as a good passer.
"I would say my defense is the best part of my game right now, but I am still working on improving that, too," he says. "I spend a lot of time working on my offensive game, particularly my shooting."
Stoneridge head coach Babacar Sy says Auburn is getting a prospect with a lot of upside. "He is still very raw as a basketball player, but I think he will really develop as a college player," Sy says. "He is a very big and a very strong kid with a lot of athletic ability. He has tremendous potential to develop throughout his time in college and go on to the next level."
Scout.com ranks Sylla as a three star prospect and rates him the No. 27 center prospect in this season's signee class. He was also recruited by Southern Cal, LSU, St. John's, Baylor and San Diego State.
Sylla, who speaks three languages, plans to major in international business at Auburn. "When I came to the United States two years ago I didn't speak any English," he says.
Scout.com basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep says, "Sylla is a space-eater in the paint and you can't find size like that in the spring period. "
Telep notes that Sylla should have the strength to hold his own inside in the power-oriented Southeastern Conference, but will need a lot of work on his all-around offensive game to be able an effective collegiate scorer.