Upward Stars coach Curtis Wheeler informed Pack Pride that NC State was one of the latest schools to offer Sidy Mohamed Djitte a scholarship.
"State offered Sidy [two weeks ago]," said Wheeler. "Coach Lutz has been recruiting him with coach Moxley, but Moxley is the point man. He's a great guy, really all of those guys are."
A native of the Senegal, Mohamed Djitte arrived in the United States in January, and he is playing his prep ball at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Checking in at 6-foot-10 and nearly 230 pounds, he is long, athletic, and plays hard on both ends of the floor.
"Sidy has good footwork, and he's very intelligent on and off the court," said Wheeler. "He's actually a good passer, and he can make shots out to about 10-15 feet. He runs the floor, and he really competes, especially when it's against great players. On this level, I think he is a game-changer, especially on the defensive end... blocking shots and rebounding.
"Where he can improve... he can work more on his back to the basket game. Also, he can finish with dunks more around the rim, that's just not his thing. He can do it, but he just doesn't all the time. I'd like to see him do that more."
Mohamed Djitte has seen his recruitment explode in recent weeks, as multiple high-major programs have extended scholarship offers.
"He has offers from Clemson, NC State, UConn, Cincinnati, ODU, Memphis, and Coastal Carolina," Wheeler said. "Temple is interested, Kansas State is interested, Marquette is interested, Wake Forest is coming in to see him. Also Duke is showing interest."
NC State has been recruiting Mohamed Djitte ever since they first evaluated him back in the spring. The Wolfpack has signatures from top frontcourt prospects BeeJay Anya and Kyle Washington, but there is a huge need up front with the recent transfer of Thomas de Thaey, the graduation of Richard Howell, and C.J. Leslie likely heading to the NBA.
"Well NC State has a couple of big positives for sure," said Wheeler. "Right now they don't have a lot of bigs coming back... they have a couple of freshmen. Also, I don't believe coach Gottfried is going anywhere. His job seems secure, so those are two pluses for them."
Mohamed Djitte will be a spring signee, so there is no rush to make a decision. He hasn't taken any visits yet so there is no leader at this time. Expect him to go through the process at the conclusion of his senior season.
"Right now he is focused on his team," said Wheeler. "They won their league last year so they are all focused on that, but hopefully he can take in some games maybe starting in January for unofficial visits.
"Sidy isn't really looking at [recruiting]. The plan is for schools to come in and really recruit him. Now a days people don't really recruit... the schools seem to offer a kid and be done with it, the same for a player. These schools are going to have to come in and show that they really want him and show him that it's going to be a great fit on and off the court."
"There is no leader," added Wheeler. "Everyone that I've mentioned is all the same... they are all good programs with good situations. We'll see where they stand in the spring. Sidy is going to look at the coaching situations and the rosters and go from there. Is the head coach's job secure? He doesn't have to start, but what is the roster like in the frontcourt? Those are some of the things he will be evaluating."