Papa Dia: Still Undecided

Papa Dia, a 6'9 forward from South Kent (CT) has made official visits to his three finalists - Louisville, Oklahoma and SMU. While a decision was expected from him by now, Dia is still trying to figure out which school he'll attend next season. When will Dia decide? What issues are the 240-pound Dia currently weighing? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Papa Dia, a 6'9 forward from South Kent (CT), has visited Louisville, Oklahoma and SMU. And while a decision was expected shortly after his visit to U of L last weekend, the 240-pound Dia remains undecided.

"He's made no decision yet," South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said Saturday afternoon. "I think he's still weighing all of his options and just trying to make sure he makes the right decision."

Chillious said Dia is waiting on one of his family members to arrive in the United States from his native Senegal. The family member, a trusted advisor, will provide council to Dia in his decision. Chillious said the family advisor, Dia and himself would likely sit down Sunday night and try to hash out a decision.

"Hopefully he'll have a decision by the end of the weekend, but that's not guaranteed," Chillious said.

Chillious said Dia enjoyed good visits to Louisville, Oklahoma and SMU. "I think he liked them all the same," he said.

While Louisville once appeared the favorite, the Cardinals may no longer be in the driver's seat for Dia's commitment. Chillious said Rick Pitino and the high profile of the Louisville program were positives for the Cardinals, but that early playing time might be a concern if Dia chose U of L.

"Louisville's players are treated like rock stars and I think he liked that," Chillious said. "I think he believes he can play anywhere he goes, but they've got a lot of good young big men."

The Cardinals are loaded in the frontcourt with 6'9 freshmen Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark. Those two combined for 32 points and 29 rebounds in Louisville's intra-squad scrimmage Friday night. The Cardinals could also return 6'8 Juan Palacios, 6'11 David Padgett, 6'10 Terrance Farley and 7'0 Jonathan Huffman up front next season. Louisville will also add 6'8 George Goode, a talented forward for Raytown, MO, in 2007-08.

"He's just trying to figure out where he fits in best," Chillious said.

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for further updates on Papa Dia's decision.


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