Vanderbilt's men's basketball coaching staff is said to be in hot pursuit of Abdi Lidonde, a 6-3 shooting guard from St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I. Lidonde is a senior who did not sign in the fall and is still available for colleges to sign in the late signing period, which begins in April.
"He's an awesome kid and a great player," said St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart. "He can really light it up. He has incredible three-point range. If I were a Division I coach, I'd grab him in a second."
Lidonde, who serves as president of his senior class, is one of the top students academically in his class and is already fully qualified.
Originally from Sutton, Mass., Lidonde saw his stock rise in late December when he knocked down seven 3-pointers in a game at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament in Lewes, Del. He is an outstanding outside shooter on a team that boasts two other Division I prospects-- Demetris Nichols, a 6-8 forward, signed with Syracuse last November, while 6-8 center Milos Mirkovic has drawn interest from a number of schools. The Saints have been ranked this season in the USA Today Super 25.
Coach Kevin Stallings has one scholarship left to offer for the class of 2003 after the unexpected transfer of freshman guard Bryson Krueger. The Commodores' stiffest competition for Lidonde is coming from Old Dominion, Rhode Island and George Mason.
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