"It's been tough for me because I'm not used to all of this," said Mohamed Djitte. "But, I'm just trying to learn and get better. That's what I want to do. I've tried to do well. I'm rebounding, blocking shots, and I tried to get comfortable in the setting."
Checking in at 6-foot-10, Mohamed Djitte is long, athletic, and plays hard on both ends. He runs well in transition and showed fundamentals that you might not expect a player who has only been playing organized basketball for two seasons to display.
"I know that I am a work in progress," he said. "It's all been a big adjustment for me, but I'm trying to do my best because I know schools are going to be looking at me."
Probably Mohamed Djitte's toughest matchup of the tournament came in the opener where he matched up against 7-foot-5 center Mamadou Ndiaye. Ndiaye scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the game, but Mohamed Djitte finished with 10 points and seven boards and never backed down from the mammoth center.
"It wasn't easy," Mohamed Djitte said, laughing. "He's well over 7-feet tall and big. I just tried to stay close to him and body up with him. I didn't want to let him postup close on me so I tried to play hard and stay in front of him."
Mohamed Djitte, who attends Fayetteville (NC) Northwood Temple, started to first make a name for himself on the AAU circuit suiting up for the Upward Stars.
"I've only been here for six months and just started playing AAU so a lot of this is new for me," he said. "For me, I want to just improve whenever I play."
Colleges have started to take notice. Mohamed Djitte says that knows he has offers from Memphis and VCU, and programs like NC State and Missouri are interested.
"At this time, I don't worry about recruiting," he said. "My coach, my manager, he takes care of that. I don't worry about that. He has the list of schools, but I do know I have the offers from Memphis and VCU."
What does he know about the Wolfpack?
"I know NC State is recruiting me," he said. "I haven't talked to them yet, but they've talked to my high school coach. I know it's a good school in engineering, and I watched them play in the NCAA Tournament.
"I will look to learn more about them later. I am hoping to take a visit to their campus sometime soon."
Mohamed Djitte says that he has no favorites or a timetable for making a decision. Academics will play a role in his final choice, as he is hoping to major in medicine or engineering.