Wildcats Sign Three in Fall Signing Period

Kansas State head men's basketball coach Jim Wooldridge and his staff spanned the globe to build on their recruiting successes of the past several years, as they announced the signing of three talented players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.


K-State Men's Basketball Receives Three Letters of Intent

The Wildcats add David Hoskins, Ousmane Cisse and Sidiki Sidibe

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Ousmane Cisse [OOS-mon SEE-say]; Sidiki Sidibe [Suh-DEE-kee Suh-DEEB-ee].

Wooldridge announced the Wildcats have signed scholarship papers with junior college transfer David Hoskins (Schoolcraft College/Central Michigan/Plymouth-Salem High/Canton, Mich.) and renowned international players Ousmane Cisse (Stockbridge (Ga.) Community Christian/Abidjan, Ivory Coast) and Sidiki Sidibe (Asnieres, France). Hoskins will enter Kansas State in the fall of 2005 as a sophomore, while Cisse and Sidibe will be freshmen.

"We had specific needs to fill with this class," said Wooldridge. "We wanted a high-quality perimeter guy that could handle and score the ball and we wanted to add some high impact interior players to replace the four we are losing to graduation. We have accomplished this with the signing of David, Ousmane and Sidiki."

A 6-foot-5, 225-pound wing from Canton, Mich., Hoskins was considered one of the top high school players in the state of Michigan before signing with Central Michigan as a senior. As a true freshman at CMU, he averaged 8.0 points per game with 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks in 22 minutes per game. Hoskins led the team in steals with 36, while he was third in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. He scored in double figures on nine occasions, including a a season-best 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting (5-of-8 from 3-point range) against Northern Illinois on Feb. 9. He scored 16 points in his first career start against Michigan on Dec. 20, 2003.

Hoskins saw action in all 30 games with 13 starts for the Chippewas in 2003-04. He transferred to Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., in the off-season. Hoskins will redshirt this season at Schoolcraft, leaving him with three years of eligibility at Kansas State.

"David is a very strong and athletic wing player," said Wooldridge. "He is a great slasher and finisher and can penetrate to the basket. Last year as a freshman (at Central Michigan), David proved he can put up good numbers in a quality league. We are very excited to have David added to our mix of quality perimeter players especially since he will have three years of eligibility remaining."

A three-year letterman at Plymouth-Salem High School, Hoskins was a first team Class A all-state selection by the Detroit Free Press and BCAM and second team selection by the Detroit News as a senior. He averaged 26.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 block per game as a senior. The 2003 Ann Arbor News Player of the Year, Hoskins finished seventh in the voting for Michigan's Mr. Basketball Award. He finished his career second on Plymouth-Salem's career scoring list with 1,299 points.

A 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward, Ousmane Cisse (pronounced OOS-mon SEE-say) moved to the United States this year from his native Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He is a senior at Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Ga. Cisse averaged 19 points per game in several youth tournaments in the Ivory Coast.

"Ousmane is a very strong and athletic basketball player," said Community Christian head coach Lindzy Davis. "He plays the four and the five positions. He has used the trapezoid lane they have in international basketball. That lane pushes you out a little and you get used to playing six or eight feet out. I think Ousmane will be an impact player for coach Wooldridge next year and I know he will be a fine player in the Big 12. He will be a big-time player for us this year and we are a good team. We will probably be one of the top five teams in the country and maybe even the best team in the country."

"Ousmane is a very young, strong and powerful interior player," said Wooldridge. "Due to his size he can play both interior positions in our system. He has good hands, a high skill level for his size and the ability to put the ball in the basket. He can be an immediate contributor to Kansas State."

One of the tallest players to sign with Kansas State, Sidiki Sidibe (pronounced Suh-DEE-kee Suh-DEEB-ee) is a 7-foot-1, 265 pound forward from Asnieres, France. Despite just playing three years of basketball, Sidibe is rated by many NBA and European professional scouts as one of the top 20 basketball prospects on the continent. A volleyball player, Sidibe was the captain and starting middle blocker for the French Junior National Team that finished sixth at the 2004 European World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. One of five players to register seven foot or taller in school history, he is tied with Nick Pino (1965-68) and Joe Leonard (1997-2001) as the tallest players ever to sign with Kansas State.

"Sidiki is a very exciting prospect for our program," said Wooldridge. "He is a tremendous physical specimen, with unparalleled athleticism for his height and weight. He is a very mobile with great hands. Our coaching staff as well as coaches and scouts across Europe think that the sky is the limit for Sidiki."

Kansas State has one scholarships remaining with the signing of Hoskins, Cisse and Sidibe for the 2005-06 season. The Wildcats have four scholarships available with the departure of scholarship seniors Travis Canby, Dramane Diarra, Jeremiah Massey and Justin Williams.

"Our recruiting philosophy has been to continue to add to the talent of the program - both on and off the court," said Wooldridge. "We believe this class, without question, will continue that philosophy."

2005-06 Kansas State Men's Basketball Signing Class

Ousmane Cisse (F, 6-8, 245, Fr.-HS, Abidjan, Ivory Coast [Stockbridge (Ga.) Community Christian School]
David Hoskins (G, 6-5, 225, So.-TR, Canton, Mich. [Plymouth-Salem HS/Central Michigan/Schoolcraft (Mich.)]
Sidiki Sidibe (F, 7-1, 265, Fr.-HS, Asnieres, France)

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