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Commitment Catch-up: Big men reach decision

Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 9:34 am
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Daouda Soumaoro’s recruitment picked up late in the spring as teams began to realize their need for another big man for the fall.

On Friday, the 6-foot-9 Mali native made a decision: Soumaoro is headed to Texas Tech.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Soumaoro told CBSSports.com. “I loved all my visits to St. John’s, Washington and Texas Tech. I really liked all of them but I felt more connected to coach [Billy] Gillispie and Texas Tech.

“The opportunity to play early in my freshman year was a key for me to join the Tech program to further develop my game and better myself as a student.”

Soumaoro, a talented but raw post player who attends Our Savior New American (N.Y.), is looking forward to his time in Lubbock.

“I will do the best I can to help Texas Tech in the Big 12,” he said.

Iowa State nets Percy Gibson

The number of available big men in the class of 2011 continues to dwindle.

Former Dayton signee Percy Gibson, who reopened his recruit when Brian Gregory left for Georgia Tech, signed with Iowa State on Saturday.

“To be able to sign a player of Percy’s caliber this late in the year is remarkable,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said in a statement. “Percy is an extremely gifted player and he has a body that is equipped for immediate contributions next year. He has the ability to score on the block as well as the versatility to face up away from the basket. We are looking forward to getting Percy on campus as soon as possible.”

Gibson, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Detroit, chose the Cyclones over Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

News and Notes

- 2013 guard Dederick Lee committed to Mike Anderson and Arkansas over the weekend. Lee’s father told Brian Snow of Scout.com that Lee would have committed to Missouri if Anderson were still there. “If Coach Anderson coached on the moon, we would have gone there to play for him,” Frederick Lee said.

- As Dave Telep first tweeted, Cal State Bakersfield guard Alex Johnson is transferring to North Carolina State. Johnson, who averaged 13.3 points for Bakersfield, has one year of eligibility remaining.

- In other transfer news, former Niagara transfer Kashief Edwards (12.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is headed to Northeastern. Edwards has one year of eligibility left.

- A couple of Atlantic-10 commitments for 2011: A.J. West (Duquesne) and Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure).

- Former New Mexico commit Abdel Nader popped for Northern Illinois on Friday. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the biggest recruiting scores in Northern Illinois history.” Nader could prep next season due to academics, though. 

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