2006 Focus: Daye Kaba

The lack of depth among point guard's in the Class of 2006 is a concern, but one name that seems to have slid under the radar is that of Daye Kaba.

It's fairly clear that the point guard crop isn't all that deep in the Class of 2006. One name that has slipped through the cracks is that of Our Savior New American's Daye Kaba.

Kaba is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound native of France who has spent less than a year in the country. He does a nice job getting to the basket, has a strong body and is quickly picking up the American game.

However, Kaba has been playing with tendonitis in his knees for much of his time at Our Savior and he averaged 16 points and four assists per game despite not being 100 percent for nearly the entire year.

He put up 21 against Michigan State-bound Maurice Joseph and scored 22 in a matchup against elite Class of 2007 guard Nolan Smith. He also finished with 21 against Mount Zion Academy and was the MVP of the Flyin' to the Hoop Tournament in Ohio.

``I've been injured for almost the whole season," Kaba said. "It started to hurt in January and it got worse as the year went on."

Kaba, 19, was born in a suburb of Paris and lived there for much of his life – until he was selected among an elite group of young players.

``The best 15- and 16-year-old players gathered in a center for two years," Kaba said. "So I lived about 1 ½ hours from my family for two years with about 11 other players."

Kaba, whose favorite player is another Frenchman, Tony Parker, said he's already qualified with a 91 average and an 820 on the SAT.

Kaba mentioned St. John's, Boston College and Iowa State as schools that he's interested in at this time. Other schools who have expressed interest include Providence, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, UNLV, New Mexico and Purdue.

``I'll be 20 years old when I'm a freshman, so I want to go somewhere I know I can play," Kaba said. "It's not like I'm 18. I'm already mature."

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