LARAMIE, Wyo. -- University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced on Thursday that Djibril Thiam has transferred to UW from Baylor University. Thiam has been admitted to the University and will begin practicing with the Cowboys this week. He will have to sit out the 2008 spring semester and 2008 fall semester to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Thiam will be able to play for the Cowboys beginning one year from now, and he will have two and one half years of eligibility remaining.
A 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward, Thiam played in Baylor's first seven games this season and averaged 2.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 17.3 minutes per game while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (9 of 15 field goals) as a redshirt freshman. He also was a perfect 1-of-1 from three-point range.
"I am really, really excited about Djibril's decision to join our program," said Schroyer. "Djibril is a 6'9" player who can play on the perimeter as well as play in the post. He can really rebound the basketball, and I expect him to be a fixture in our program over the two and a half seasons he will have remaining. He brings the type of versatility that we are looking for in our program."
Thiam played a career-high 27 minutes in a 68-64 Baylor win over Notre Dame in the semifinals of the 2007 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Nov. 18. In that victory over the Irish, he grabbed four rebounds, scored two points and blocked one shot. He scored a career-high five points in a 64-55 opening round win over Wichita State in the Jam. Baylor went on to win the tournament, defeating Winthrop in the Championship Game, 62-54. Twice during the 2007-08 season, Thiam pulled down a career-best seven rebounds -- versus Centenary, in an 85-62 Baylor win, and against Mississippi Valley State in an 82-50 Bear victory.
Baylor's only loss thus far was to current No. 4 ranked Washington State on Nov. 30. In that game, Thiam scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Baylor is currently receiving votes in the Associated Press media poll.
Thiam began his college career at Baylor in the 2006-07 season but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Nov. 20, 2006, versus Texas Southern. He was averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in his first four games before suffering the season-ending injury. The NCAA granted Thiam a medical hardship for the season, giving him his freshman season back. As a freshman in 2006-07, he earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll during the spring of ‘07. His season bests in the ‘06-'07 season were five points, three rebounds and 17 minutes in a win over Angelo State on Nov. 11, 2006.
Thiam attended the BSBS Basketball School in his native Senegal before playing one year of high school basketball at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Tarzana, Calif. He was ranked as the No. 81 national recruit by HoopScoop.com during his senior season at Stoneridge Prep. Thiam helped lead Stoneridge to a high ranking of No. 14 by PrepStars.com during his senior season.
Born July 6, 1986, he is the son of Amadou Lamine Thiam and Ndeye Sar. Both of his parents played basketball for the Senegalese National Team. Thiam is planning on studying business.
Baylor Freshman Transfers to Wyoming
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