The need for size is always at a premium and with the high school season coming to an end for most, college coaches are on the lookout for seniors that could improve their roster next year. Bourama Sidibe, a 6-foot-9 center out of St. Benedict’s in New Jersey, fits the mold due to his motor, length, and improving skillset from 15-feet and in.
Guys like Marques Bolden, Jarrett Allen, and Bruno Fernando remain on the board still available within the frontcourt as each has received most of the attention to date. However, Sidibe brings his own value to the floor and because of it, the recruiting process has begun to pick up a bit.
Currently a member of the 2016 class, things are still up for debate whether the active big man will head to college next year, or reclass into the 2017 class. “It all depends on if I can get the proper grades. I am taking the SAT next month but I do want to come out this year,” Sidibe told HoopSeen about his pending future.
While Bolden, Allen, and Fernando are all more low-post oriented and guys you can throw the ball to on the block, where Sidibe impacts the game is when things speed up. He gets up and down the floor like someone much smaller than his stature but has the length, quick feet, and instincts in protecting his basket. Deceptively skilled, the native of Mali has a good feel around the rim and can score over either shoulder in the lane. His face-up game is improving but even when his shots aren’t falling, the St. Benedict’s center can produce on the glass and in protecting his basket.
A late year commitment out of Sidibe would be more than welcomed by most programs where offers have not been in short supply. “I have offers from Seton Hall, Kansas State, VCU, Arizona State, South Florida, Memphis, St. Joe’s, and Southern Mississippi,” the 6-foot-9 athlete said. However, Sidibe noted on a few programs that stood out in stating that, “Arizona State, Memphis, Seton Hall, and VCU talk to me the most.”
Hoping to get his grades in order and set his first few official visits in the coming weeks, whether Sidibe is able to suit up on a college hardwood next winter is still up for debate but what isn’t is the active big man’s two-way production and energy levels within the painted area.