Area Big Man Landing Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of an area big man who is worth watching this season due to his size and skill set ...

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is a foreign big man worthy of watching this upcoming season. The Pioneers prospect already has some division one college basketball program monitoring his progress.

Daouda, who hails from Mali, Africa, competed down in Florida during the July evaluation period for the Albany City Rocks AAU boy's basketball program.

DESCRIPTION OF SOUMAORO'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

He has the ability to rebound on both ends of the court and defend with purpose. We previously watched him compete with Jim Hart's Albany City Rocks AAU program during the July evaluation period down in Disney World.

According to OSNA assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch, the talented prospect came to the United States in November of last year. Since he has arrived on our shores, Soumaoro has gained 30 pounds.

ERIC JAKLITSCH ON THE BIG MAN'S GAME:

He averaged 12 pts, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game during the school year. He does several things well on the court. He can rebound, block a shot, score near the basket and has a nice touch from the outside.

SCHOOLS SHOWING INTEREST

Virginia Tech, St. Peter's, Rutgers, Washington, VCU, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Arizona State, Albany, Northeastern, St. John's, Fairfield, and Siena.

The schools that have shown the most interest are Colorado, Virginia Tech, VCU, Northeastern, and Fairfield.


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