Aliou Kane Profile
10/24: Blue Ridge head coach Travis Edwards on the Tar Heels withdrawing from the Kane race: "There are no hard feelings. Aliou would have to get a lot better to continue to be part of their plans." (Greensboro News & Record)
10/23, 7:00 p.m.: In light of the developments posted below, Kane has committed to Minnesota.
10/23, 6:00 p.m.: The Carolina basketball staff has been wavering in their interest in Kane over the last week or so. Yesterday, they made the decision to stop recruiting him and he will no longer be making his scheduled official visit this weekend, reports IC's Zeke Martins, citing sources close to the situation. With the Tar Heels no longer involved, Kane is expected to make a decision soon to either Minnesota or SMU. The Gophers are the heavy favorites.
9/28: The Tar Heels have offered a scholarship to Kane. "The scholarship offer has changed things," Blue Ridge coach Bill Ramsey told ACCToday. "Doug Wojcik met with Aliou and let him know Carolina is very interested if Aliou is, and that they would take a commitment from him right now if he were ready to make one." (Tar Heels offer Kane)
9/26: Kane has set up an official visit to Chapel Hill for the weekend of Oct. 27, reports Zeke Martins, IC's Recruiting Insider.
IC has also learned that Kane has tentatively scheduled official visits to SMU (10/6) and Minnesota (10/13). Iowa will also receive a visit at a date yet to be determined. Wake Forest was among Kane's list of five schools, but received a commitment from PF Chris Ellis yesterday to complete their class.
Stay tuned to IC for the latest on Kane.
9/24: Matt Doherty moves quickly on his recruiting targets, that's for sure. The Tar Heel head coach traveled to Virginia last night for an in-home visit with Kane, reports IC's Zeke Martins. An official visit is being scheduled and will likely be in November.
9/19: The Carolina staff has significantly stepped up its recruitment of Kane. With center targets Jason Fraser (SJU, Villanova or UNC) and Keith Butler (still not enrolled in a school) up in the air, the Heels are now actively recruiting Kane, reports Zeke Martins, IC's Recruiting Insider. Kane will likely make a trip to Chapel Hill in the next month.
9/18: Dave Telep, of BlueChipHoops.com reports on his premium site that the Tar Heels will be one of five teams receiving a visit from Aliou Kane. Kane will also reportedly visit Minnesota, SMU, Iowa and Wake Forest.
8/30: "Offensively, he has a way to go," Blue Ridge head coach Bill Ramsey told ACCToday. "He was uncomfortable with the ball at first, but he felt better as the season went along. That's mainly a matter of confidence. His offensive game is slowly coming along. He can hit his jump shot from 12-15 feet. He has a high release and a nice rotation. He has a little jump hook with both hands. The tools are there; it's just a matter of using them. He will expect the ball more this season.
"Aliou understands body position. He is very strong and shoves people around. He doesn't care who he's going against. He is very motivated in the weight room and loves it. We have to get him out of there sometimes to practice basketball." (link)
8/16: Kane has seen an increased interest from the Tar Heels as of late, reports IC's Zeke Martins. The Carolina staff has made recent phone calls and are looking further into Kane than a mere evaluation.
IC's Clint Jackson provided the following analysis of Kane's game -
"When you look at Kane's physique, you can't help being impressed," Jackson said. "He's the kind of prospect that catches fans eyes as soon as he walks in the building. He's got a replica body of NBA star Anthony Mason.
"On the court, Kane is usually matched up with the opposing power forward or center. He's physically able to hold his position on the blocks and rebounds well on the defensive side. On the offensive side, however, he's got a lot of work to do. He doesn't have many scoring moves or back-to-the-basket creativity, but has been known to sink an occasional 10-14 footer." (IC: Carolina Eying Two New Center Targets)
8/1: "Kane is an excellent post passer who runs the floor very well for his size. Although raw offensively, Kane showed a good touch from 10-12 feet at the Nike All-America Camp and was very active at both ends, scoring a number of second chance points on offense, and playing strong post defense." (ASR link)
7/23: VirginiaPreps.com lists 12 schools that Kane says have offered a scholarship - including UNC. Inside Carolina's Recruiting Insider Zeke Martins clarifies that Carolina has not offered a scholarship to Kane. The Tar Heel staff, at this point, is still in the scouting phase of his recruitment.
7/22: "At this time, his strengths are his size, body build, defense, rebounding and the fact that he is a physical player, very willing to bang inside and mix it up ... 'I need to be able to work on going to the rim better and scoring points,' Kane said." (link)
7/9: BlueChipHoops.com's Dave Telep dubbed Kane a "surprise" at the Nike Camp - "The native of Mauritania isn't a finished product. What he is a big man with strength. He actually made some short jumpers. He plays with aggressiveness. He's going to get some looks but needs to work on his footwork and catching the ball in the post." (link)
5/29: PrepStars.com's Rob Harrington at the Memorial Day Classic - "A specimen: Kane is a muscular tank who looks like he could dominate a game. That doesn't happen at this point in his career, but he does run the floor well and mix it up underneath. His skill level has improved; he shoots jumpers from close-range with a high release and nice touch. With normal development, the Team Texas anchor should be a very effective big man in college."
2/13: From Brick Oettinger at CNNSI.com - "When Dyke (Va.) Blue Ridge School carried nationally top-ranked Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy into overtime before losing by a 76-69 count before nearly 6,000 fans at the University of Virginia's University Hall in Charlottesville, the fans no doubt were stunned to see 6-10 Blue Ridge junior center Aliou Kane from Senegal outplay Oak Hill's widely heralded 7-0, 300-pound senior DeSagana Diop, who's also Senegalese and a major UVa recruiting target. Diop, hampered by a stress fracture in the heel, finished with four points (2-6 FG), 10 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five turnovers." (link)