Bears Receive Committment
Djibril Thiam, a 6-8, 210 pound G/F from Stoneridge Preparatory School, gave his commitment to Coach Scott Drew and signed with the Baylor Bears today.
Thiam, originally from Dakar, Senegal, becomes the second player from Senegal to come play for Drew, the other being 7 footer Mamadou Diene, who started all season for the Bears as a freshman.
Thiam is certainly an interesting recruiting story, as a couple of years ago he wasn't really on the recruiting radar. But that changed with a ridiculous growth spurt, "He grew from 5-9 to 6-8 in the last two years," Stoneridge coach Babacar Sy previously told Scout.com.
At his previous height, Thiam was trained as a point guard. With his growth spurt, Thiam has been making the transition to the wing, where he will likely play on a Baylor squad loaded at the guard position. According to Coach Sy, "He kept his point guard skills, and he was playing point guard and wing."
Coach Sy described Thiam as "multi-dimensional," nearly having a quadruple-double twice this season. Many have said versatility is Thiam's biggest asset. With the Baylor training staff, which helped Diene recover from malaria to gain more than 40 pounds before suiting up as a freshman in the Big 12, Thiam will have a tremendous opportunity to add strength to his frame and become a serious threat in the league during his time at Baylor.
Although Thiam was undersized for most of high school and thus under the radar, he held scholarship offers from Rutgers, Pepperdine, Southern California, Texas El Paso, and Fresno State. Ultimately Thiam decided Baylor was the best fit for him. And he is no stranger to the lone star state, where he has participated in tournaments in the past. In Dallas earlier this year, Thiam had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 steals in a victory over Cornerstone Christian out of San Antonio.
Thiam provides Baylor with a versatile threat that is skilled enough to handle the ball but tall and athletic enough to create match-up problems for defenses; certainly a nice addition to an already solid recruiting class.
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