Perhaps the player who saw the biggest spike in his recruitment was athletic 6-8, 210 pound power forward/center Lounceny Kaba, a native of Guinea.
Monroe Asst. Coach Steve Hobbs told NYInsiders.com that programs such as UC-Santa Barbara, Wyoming, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure and Denver have all made inquiries regarding Kaba in the past two weeks.
Prior to the NJCAA Tournament, Kaba had scholarship offers from programs such as Central Connecticut State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Peter's College.
"Lounceny picked up some new interest due to his play out at Hutch," said Hobbs, who is in his second year at the Bronx, N.Y., junior college. "He did what gets him recruited -- he blocked shots and he rebounded."
Kaba's 2005-2006 season stats appear modest -- he averaged six points, 5.2 rebounds and blocked 1.6 shots per contest. But he's agile, athletic and possesses significant upside if he can continue to make strides in his offensive game.
"He has to be worked with more on an individual basis," Hobbs explained. "He has decent touch and hands, it's just a matter of him getting more reps and polishing up his offensive skills."
Hobbs said that Kaba is also a very strong student, which makes him attractive to many college programs who typically struggle to get junior college prospects through the admissions process.
Kaba is expected to set up some official recruiting trips in the upcoming weeks. We will keep you posted on his situation as the spring signing period unfolds.