Area Big Man Worth Watching This Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of a big man prospect who is competing at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York ...

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, has been a player the coaching staff has been excited about over the past year.

Daouda, who grew up in Mali, Africa, showed the ability to compete effectively at a solid level. We previously watched him July while covering the Super Showcase at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He played with Jim Hart's Albany City Rocks. "He has a great deal of upside," said Hart.

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 points, 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. He's spending his off time increasing his physical skills as well as working on the pure skills.

SCHOOLS SHOWING INTEREST

Colorado, Virginia Tech, VCU, Northeastern, and Fairfield.


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