While Syracuse fans are still in a little bit of shock and disbelief about how things played out with Quade Green, there is some good news for Orange fans this afternoon. Bourama Sidibe, a 6-foot-10 center rated 4-stars by ESPN and Scout.com, picked Jim Boeheim’s program over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on Monday.
Sidibe, a native of Mali, Africa who plays his high school ball at St. Benedict’s Prep (which previously sent Tyler Ennis to Syracuse), is still fairly new to the game but has some major upside. He’s a long, quick athlete who might initially remind Syracuse fans of Baye Keita based solely on his physique and African roots, but is farther along in his development than Keita was at the same stage.
Sidibe is still a bit on the thin side, but he’s put on some good weight over the past year and is up to about 225 heading into his senior season. Last season, he averaged around 13 points and 11 rebounds per game, according to Adam Zagoria.
While he’s still raw offensively, he shows a solid ability to finish around the basket and can knock down jumpers out to about 12-15 feet. But what no doubt really attracted the Syracuse coaches is his length and athleticism, and natural shot blocking ability. Sidibe could prove to be an absolute menace in the middle of the Orange’s patented 2-3 zone.
In addition to Syracuse, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State, Sidibe also had offers from Maryland, Kansas State, Seton Hall, and Arizona State, among others. He’s the second player to pledge to the Orange in the class of 2017, joining Canadian forward Oshae Brissett.