Iowa Basketball Might Find Help Close to Home

Hawkeye big men Sean Sonderleiter, Jared Reiner and Glen Worley are expected to use of their final years of eligibility this winter, leaving the team in need of post players. Iowa appears to have found some help in that area. And it didn't have to go far to get it.

Former Iowa City Regina basketball star Aliou Keita has left Tulsa and appears headed to the University of Iowa. "Classes started here today, and he was not here," Tulsa Assistant Athletics Director in Charge of Media Relations Don Tomkalski said. "He has left the school and has been released from his scholarship. He is apparently headed home to play." The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Keita played two seasons at Regina as a foreign exchange student from Senegal, West Africa. He averaged 19.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and five blocks as a senior and led the Regals to their first state tournament for the first time since '95. Keita played in eight games as a Tulsa true freshman last winter. He averaged 0.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 2.1 minutes per game. Keita speaks four languages - French, English, Arabic and Walof. He is 20. Iowa loses big men Jared Reiner, Sean Sonderleiter and Glen Worley after this season. Keita will be required by NCAA rules to redshirt this season. We are still seeking more information on this story, including whether Keita will get a scholarship or walk-on. We will bring you updates as we get them.

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