2016 Forward Papa N'Diaye Update

Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, NC) head basketball coach Issac Pitts talks about his class of 2016 big man Papa N'Diaye.

  • Name: Papa N'Diaye
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Position: Power Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-9, 230
  • Colleges of Interest: Boston College, Bucknell, Charlotte, Florida State, Iowa State, James Madison, Maryland, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tulane, Winthrop, Xavier

  • Although just a junior in high school, Pitts feels that N'Diaye is talented beyond his years.

    "There is everything to like about him," said Pitts. "He is 6-foot-9, 230, has unbelievable footwork, he can shoot the ball, flat out shoot it on the move, shoot the three, can put it on the floor a little bit. He has to get better as a defender. He has all of the tools to be a great one."

    N'Diaye has improved each of the three years that he has been with QEA.

    "He has steadily developed at the rate we liked for him to go," said Pitts. "He obviously came in with some skill. That footwork that he has probably came from him playing soccer."

    College coaches throughout the nation are showing interest in N'Diaye.

    "Everybody is looking at him," said Pitts. "I have a ton of mail in here right now for him - BCU (Boston College), Tulane, Maryland, Iowa State, Florida State, Xavier, Bucknell, Oklahoma, Nebraska, James Madison ... he's just gotten a lot of mail from everybody."

    He's also received several offers, including Mississippi State, James Madison, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and a couple of other schools.

    Pitts explained what the coaches like about his junior big man.

    "They like his skillset," said Pitts. "The kid's skillset is off the chart. A lot of these kids are very athletic and can jump real high but they aren't skilled. He's already skilled with the ball and already has tremendous footwork, can get his shot off. That is what they like about him."

    Mississippi State is one of the colleges that have offered the talented big man.

    "They started recruiting him last year, and they've offered him," said Pitts. "(But) he's a junior in high school and is looking at everybody. (MIssissippi State) has offered. He knows that they have offered. And he knows the level of interest that they have. But it's too early for that right now."

    Keep it on Scout.com and GenesPage.com for the latest on this very talented member of the 2016 class.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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