Area Big Man Worth Watching This Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of a big man who competes for a well-run boy's basketball program on Long Island, New York in Our Savior New American ...

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is a player to keep an eye on over the next few months as he tries to help Ron Steltzer's Pioneer's boy's basketball program win some basketball games.

Daouda comes from Mali, Africa, and has shown he is making progress physically and in the skill department.

HIS SUMMER AT AAU EVENTS:

We previously watched him in July while covering the Super Showcase at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He played with Jim Hart's highly regarded Albany City Rocks AAU boy's basketball program. "He has a great deal of upside," said Hart. "I like the way he fights on the glass too."

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.

OSNA ASSISTANT COACH 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

VCU, St. Francis, Northeastern, and Fairfield.


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