Keita Is A Name To Know

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- One of the more intriguing big-men in the 2016 class is 6-10 Sedee Keita of Vermont Academy (Saxton's River, Vt.), who Maryland has begun to contact and evaluate during the July live period this month, which they did July 9 at the Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- One of the more intriguing big-men in the 2016 class is 6-10 Sedee Keita of Vermont Academy (Saxton's River, Vt.), who Maryland has begun to contact and evaluate during the July live period this month, which they did July 9 at the Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University.

An athletic, long-strider who originally hails from Guinea in West Africa, Keita recently moved on from Middletown, Del., to attend prep school in Vermont.

One of the more articulate, engaging young imports we have encountered, Keita is hearing from the Terps, Villanova, Syracuse, Providence and ODU, among others. He said Villanova, Iowa, Iowa State, Tulsa and Fairfield have already offered.

The 230-pounder runs the floor, rebounds and blocks shots, while still working on his low post moves and overall offensive 'feel' and aggression as his game catches up to his body.

"I think my game changed a lot. I got way better since last year in everything. My speed, my motor, my jump shot, my post moves. I didn't have any of that last year," Keita said.

He said Maryland has been in touch, and they came through the school this spring to watch him work out. Terps assistant coach Bino Ranson watched him last week in Philly on the first day of camp.

"They had a big guy, [Alex] Len, who's in the NBA who I liked a lot. He developed well," Keita said.

Thus far, Keita has only been to the campuses of Villanova and VCU, but hopes to soon see schools like Maryland.

"I'm not sure yet, my coaches handle a lot of that," Keita said.

Keita sees himself as a '4' at the college level.

"I can expand my game that way by working on my jump shot. So they [defender's] can come out, and then I can go back out or inside," Keita said.

Keita said he may study business at college or someday be a coach.

Keita also camped at the Nike Top 100 Camp this summer.

"A Maryland offer would mean a lot," Keita said. "Any big school like them that offers would mean a lot so I do not have to pay for college."

Keita was last in Guinea when he was 12-years old, where he still has family. He has a brother at the University of Delaware.

The young big has the size and all the tools, and is now just continuing to refine his post game and overall aggression attacking the glass and rim. In Philly we saw him run the floor very well and rebound and defend, but also float a bit too much instead of demanding the ball or establishing strong position on the blocks. All that should come in time for the emerging big with the big smile.

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