Tangara visits UofL campus today
Coming off an outstanding performance at the Tournament of Champions last weekend, 6'9 Mohammad Tangara of Mount Zion Christian Academy, will unofficially visit the University of Louisville today.
Tangara's guardian and AAU coach Linzy Davis confirmed the unofficial visit to UofL with ITV Wednesday evening via telephone.
Davis, who considers Mohammad one of the nation's ten best players, told ITV that Tangara was visiting Louisville to attend the high school graduation of friend and would tour the campus and facilities at UofL and meet with Coach Pitino.
Tangara, who played for Davis' Georgia Elite at the TOC, averaged 18 points, and 22 rebounds in three pool play games. He had a monster game against national Top 25 prospect and UofL recruit, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, posting 24 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocked shots against the talented center and his Louisiana Sports Academy team.
"He played extremely well," Davis said of Tangara at the TOC. "I haven't seen a better defender or rebounder in the country." Davis, who coached NBA all star Sharef Abudul Raheem on the AAU circuit, calls Tangara, "the hardest working player I've ever coached."
Tangara had another outstanding performance at the Boo Williams Invitational last month and Coach Pitino immediately visited with Tangara after his return home from that tournament.
Shortly after that visit, Davis told ITV that Tangara was highly impressed by Coach Pitino and named Louisville the leader for Tangara's services.
"Louisville's still the leader," Davis told ITV.
It appears Memphis is currently in the runner up position for Tangara's services and the Tigers and Cards have common denominators...both have coaches who have NBA head coaching experience.
Davis indicated that the Cards and Tigers were at the top of the list because both Pitino and Calipari have proven experience in the NBA, a level Tangara aspires.
With Louisville in the lead and a pending visit with Coach Pitino at UofL, the question becomes, Could a verbal commitment from Tangara be forthcoming to Cards either on or shortly after today's visit?
"There's always that possibility," Davis said. "He likes Coach Pitino an awful lot."
Tangara's AAU teammate, Robert Dozier, is nearing a commitment to Memphis. There's been some discussion that Dozier's decision could influence Tangara's. Davis said that's not the case.
"Mohammad will make his decision totally independent of what Dozier does," Davis said. "They are separate situations and Robert's decision will not sway Mohammad."
Davis acknowledged that pursuing a career in the NBA or in Europe remained a possibility for Tangara directly out of high school but noted that attending college remained an 80% possibility for the talented forward.
"College is still the number one option," Davis said.
Davis indicated that Tangara had no set timetable to reach the league and realized that playing for a coach like Pitino would benefit him in the long run. Davis said Tangara is aware of players entering the draft before they're ready and explained that Tangara is in no hurry to reach the highest level in basketball, concerning himself more with achieving longevity once he arrives in the league.
Davis said Mohammad has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in June. He predicted Tangara would have no problem qualifying academically.
"So Louisville's getting a talented and qualified player in Tangara."
Did Davis tip his hand as to Tangara's choice with that last statement?
Stay tuned to ITV for details of Tangara's visit and any news concerning a commitment to the Cards by the 6'9 forward.