Long Island Based Big Man Still Open

Long Island Based Big Man Still Open

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game and regular season successes of a Long Island based big man in Daouda Soumaoro, who competed for Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York ...

Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is a player worth considering as he has made tremendous progress over the past season for head coach Ron Steltzer's Pioneer's boy's basketball program.

Soumaoro, who comes from Mali, Africa, averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per contest this season, showing improvements in all areas of his game and on both sides of the ball.

THOUGHTS ON DAOUDA'S PROGRESS:

Daouda made the adjustment to game of basketball here very well and it was helped along tremendously by the coaching and scheduling skills of OSNA assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch, who has done a very efficient job of getting his big man some stiff competition during the previous spring and summer months of AAU play.

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 on the court, including getting on the glass, blocking and altering shots with his long arms and progressing with a nice touch near the basket.

SCHOOLS SHOWING INTEREST

Iona, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Tulane, VCU, St. Francis, Northeastern, and Fairfield.

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