TheeBearsDen Catches up with Babacar Sy

As he was getting his Stoneridge Preparatory School ready to play in an Eerie Pennsylvania tournament, Babacar Sy took a few minutes to give the latest on 2006 prospects Hamady N'diaye and Mamadou Diarra.

This season Stoneridge Prep has had some problems with depth at the guard spot, with the starting backcourt often playing the full game. But on the inside, the twin towers Hamady N'diaye and Mamadou Diarra have provided Stoneridge with a steady force.

Hamady N'diaye is a 6'11" forward/center prospect who doesn't mind mixing it up on the inside. Coming off a knee injury earlier in the season yet still giving it his all, Coach Sy describes this inside force as an "energy guy. N'Diaye makes things happen because he plays hard."

A good shot blocker and defender as described by his coach, N'diaye has several schools left on his radar. N'diaye has already visited Rutgers, and plans on visiting George Washington, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, and Miami.

Mamadou Diarra is also 6'11" but has a somewhat different game than his teammate. Rather than an inside banger, Diarra is able to play on the perimeter too.

He has "blown up the last couple of months and become a great face up scorer," according to Coach Sy. This "late bloomer is becoming a great low post player too." It's not all offense as his coach also describes him as a "good defensive threat."

So with the talent to play on the inside and outside offensively and also to keep up on the defensive side, which schools are after Diarra? "There's about 30 schools showing a lot of interest." Among many others, the schools of interest include Baylor, USC, and Fresno St.

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