Tsafack Unsure on Future, But Likes Terps

2010 prospect Hippolyte Tsafack talks about recruiting and his struggle learning English.

Hippolyte Tsafack is an intimidating presence on the court. At 6'8” and 230 pounds, the Cameroonian native has been overpowering opponents in Virginia and is now a superstar at center for Miller School (Charlottesville, VA).

Ranked as the 20th best center in the country by Scout.com, Tsafack (pronounced Cha-Fack) has many choices regarding his future in basketball. The senior estimates that he is currently holding 30 scholarship offers, including some from the likes of Duke, Maryland, and West Virginia, and he says most of these schools are interested in him as a power forward instead of as a center. While Tsafack's English has certainly gotten better, he is still fighting through the challenges of schooling in a second language.

“It's really complicated for me at this moment,” he said. “My English grade is very bad. I have to get it up before I can commit [to a school].”

Reports previously had Tsafack as close to committing to the University of Maryland, but he has yet to decide on a school. Tsafack says he is still in contact with Maryland, but won't make a decision until his grades rise.

“I never changed my mind about Maryland,” he said. “It's just complicated with my grades. [Coach Williams] really wants me to go there.”

Last season, Tsafack averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds, and one block per game. Expectations for him are high this season, and the future looks bright for Tsafack, wherever he decides to go.


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