SPOTLIGHT: C Yanifs Ducreay [MEDIA:20319]

Idaho looking to mold a raw but huge center prospect from Florida into a building block for the future.

Player Profile: Yanifs Ducreay
School: Berkshire School
Hometown: Homestead, Florida
Height: 6-9
Weight: 270 pounds

Berkshire School, a private boarding school in Homestead, Florida (southern Miami-Dade County), is a team that is used to hitting the road. Some of you may remember an incident a couple years ago in which a high school in South Florida was thrown out of the Florida High School Athletic Association for recruiting violations. Basically, the school was given the "death penalty", and barred from high school athletic competition in the state of Florida for a period of at least 5 years. That school was The Berkshire School, which is the school of current Idaho recruit Yanifs Ducreay. At last report (Feb 2002), this will be their last season of competition, as the school has been sold and the basketball program disbanded.

What brought this on is that the school made headlines across the nation after going 34-2 and earning a No.1 State Ranking in just its first year of competition after serving, I believe, a similar suspension. The problem? The team (did we forget to tell you the school has about 200 students?) was comprised of 12 foreign-exchange students, an international dream team of elite players from Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Panama, Yugoslavia, Puerto Rico, England, Virgin Islands and Cameroon. That team had six players standing 6-7 or taller, and five Division I recruits before the year ended.

The furor of the violations have since passed, and now Berkshire basketball players spend a chunk of their time traveling throughout the southeast, playing against some of the best high school and academy teams in the region who are willing to take on the tiny school out of Florida. The team is still largely made up of foreign students looking for an opportunity to "make it" in America, and the team is still pretty good, highlighted by starting 6-10 center Kevin Young who is headed to Missouri.

Backup center and Idaho recruit Yanifs Ducreay is considered a raw recruit with a huge upside, both literally and figuratively. He's very likely not going to be the type of player that's going to come to Moscow and start at center next season. It's going to take time for him to develop into the type of contributor that the Idaho staff can build a basketball team around in the future. However, he has the size and height that many programs want. Below is a report on Yanifs from

"We also have confirmed that Idaho has signed another player (currently a verbal commitment) in 6'9 Yanifs Ducreay from Homestead (Berkshire) FL. 'He's not going to make the immediate improvement, like Otis George did a year ago,' says Berkshire head coach Rolando Dela Barraera. 'But Ducreay has only been playing basketball two years and he's 6'9, 270 lbs. He also has a good build, but right now he's primarily a space-eater and a project. However, down the road he could develop into a good player.' Obviously this type of size is hard to find, but this also is important, because Ducreay's commitment moves Idaho's recruiting class up from #28 up to #21 on our list of the Top Recruiting Classes To-Date."

Given the right environment to develop, Yanifs has the natural size to be a monster in the middle.

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