Help Coming from Latest Hoop Dawg Signee

With the recent repeal of the 5/8 scholarship limitations, schools have begun to fill in holes they couldn't before. The University of Georgia, which had only 4 returning scholarship players, one of which redshirted this past season due to his 3rd knee surgery in 18 months, was one of those schools looking for help extra help. They found it in Younes Idrissi, a 6'9, 220 pound native of Morocco from Massanuten Military Academy in Woodstock, VA

"We are thrilled to be able to add a player of Younes' ability to our team at this late date," head coach Dennis Felton said. "Younes is very talented, athletic and versatile. He has only been playing the game for roughly three and a half years, but he has already developed tremendous skills."

"He certainly has the skills (to step in and play major minutes right away for the Bulldogs)," according to Massanuten head coach Bruce Kruetzer, adding his game, while having improved since arriving in the U.S. in January, still has plenty of room for growth.

But while his game does have plenty of room for growth, he's not exactly a "project".

"He's very skilled," Kruetzer said of one of the top players to come from the Africa 100 camp held by the NBA last September. Idrissi came to Massanuten as part of the NBA's Basketball without Borders program.

"He's a strong kid, and has the frame to put on 15-20 more pounds," Kruetzer said. "He can score from all over the court. He has a world of potential."

And while solid offensively, Idrissi is a solid defender as well, and averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds, and nearly 4 blocks during his short stint in Virginia.

Georgia won out for his services over South Carolina, and several other D1 schools.

"He's a real good student", Kruetzer said of Idrissi, who turned 20 April 13, and speaks 4 languages. His mother is an English teacher in Morocco, so a language adjustment will not be needed. "It's not an easy task to come to a military academy; that in itself is a tough adjustment socially. He's a mature guy."

Idrissi joins Sundiata Gaines of Queens, N.Y, Channing Toney of Snellville, Ga., Robert Dozier of Lithonia, Ga., and Dave Bliss of Wassau, Wis. in Felton's second class at UGA, and all will be counted on to log major minutes in Athens this winter

According to Kruetzer, Idrissi will be on campus and in classes for summer school.

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