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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

From Paris to the Hilltop?

The Hoyas are reportedly interested in 7'1 Frenchman Boubacar Sylla. He sounds like a project, although HoopScoop ranks him #58. This is what DraftExpress had to say:

Boubacar Sylla would be considered the sleeper of this group, but he is also the biggest at 7’1 and 260 lbs. He did a great job running the floor, and hit displayed a remarkably soft touch considering his size, evidenced on his 12 foot fade away jumper out of the post. His mammoth size and freakish wingspan immediately make him interesting as a prospect, even if he is still incredibly raw at the moment. The French big man has reportedly dropped nearly 75 pounds in the last year and a half, which is a testament to his work ethic and could give everyone a preview as to what is to come in terms of his development. He is reportedly considering USC, LSU, St. John’s, and Auburn at the moment, but he will likely have to sit a few years before we are able to see him contribute at that level.

This raises some interesting schollarship questions. First, why are we going after him rather than the more polished Anthony McLain. Second, it has been reported that Omar Wattad would get the scholarship vacated by Marc; this puts that in doubt. Also, from a basketball standpoint, does this guy sound like he would work well in the Princeton offense? Roy handles the ball pretty well for his size but our offense runs much smoother when he is not on the floor--granted on defense he is vital. Finally, who is the last Parisian to suit up in blue & grey; have we ever had one? Can you imagine combining the IPB's love of 7-foot centers and Paris in one player? Heady stuff.

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