Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy center Sedee Keita is becoming a popular recruiting target in the 2016 class. The 6-foot-9 big added offers from several schools to along with ones from Auburn, Clemson, Iowa State, UMass, Memphis, Syracuse, Tennessee and UNLV.
The new schools offered after watching his performance in the Under Armour Association AAU event recently.
One of the new schools to offer is Mississippi State. The Bulldogs recently hired Ben Howland as the new head coach of the program. They were impressed by a recent performance and plan to stay in touch.
”I talked to the coach there just the other day,” Keita said. “I guess they saw me at the last tournament in New Orleans (Under Armour Association). They said that they liked my game and wanted to start recruiting me pretty hard.”
The three-star center admits he does not know much about the Bulldogs, but plans to learn more going forward. He hopes he is able to visit at some point.
A school that offered early in Keita’s recruitment was Syracuse. The Orange have continued to stay in touch, recently watching him at the aforementioned Under Armour Association event in New Orleans.
”I hear from coach McNamara,” Keita said. “He advises me on my game a little bit. He says they’re still recruiting me and that they’re going to be at some future AAU tournaments.
”He was talking about my performance on the court this past weekend. Some good stuff and some things that he thinks I can do better.”
Keita admits that he has noticed the NCAA sanctions against the Orange, but that has not impacted his interest. In fact, knowing the limited scholarships available has actually made the continued contact more meaningful.
”It feels good. It’s a big time school,” Keita said. “Especially since they’re staying in touch even after the NCAA infractions and they’re losing a lot of scholarships. They don’t have many scholarships to give away in the 2016 class.
”So the fact that they’re still recruiting me means a lot.”
Keita says he has no favorites at this point and currently has no timeframe for a decision. He hopes to take some official visits, and says the Orange will definitely get one if they want him to take it.