Big Man Prospect Has Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of a big man prospect who competed very effectively over the past boy's basketball season for a team on Long Island ...

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, had a very solid season, giving indications he could be a player to watch in the future.

We previously reported that the improving big man had attracted some college basketball program division one interest in his skill level.

Soumaoro, who comes from Mali, Africa, averaged nearly 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per contest during the 2010-2011 regular season.

THOUGHTS ON DAOUDA'S PROGRESS:

Daouda made the adjustment to game of basketball here very well and it was helped along tremendously by OSNA assistant coach and New York Elite AAU program head coach Eric Jaklitsch, who has guided the young man along.

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:

Daouda does several things well, using his long arms to get rebounds and block shots.

SCHOOLS SHOWING INTEREST

Iona, VCU, St. Francis, Northeastern, and Fairfield.


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