Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
7-Foot-4 Chris Koumadje Targeting Early October Announcement
Jean Marc Christ Koumadje , the 7-foot-4 big man out of Montverde (FL) Academy, is planning to make his college announcement in early October, Koumadje’s mentor, Sulieman Holman, told SNY.tv Saturday
Florida State remains the leader, but he’s also considering SMU and UCLA, while UConn and Georgia Tech remain in the mix.
UCLA head man Steve Alford and UConn assistant Karl Hobbs are due to watch him Monday at Montverde.
Koumadje will visit SMU Sept. 25-27 and may or may not visit UCLA in October.
Koumadje — whose journey to the U.S. from the African nation of Chad we profiled this summer — has already visited Florida State.
Montverde coach Kevin Boyle, who coached current Kentucky big man Dakari Johnson at St. Patrick in Elizabeth, N.J., believes Koumadje can get a lot better.
“He’s only started playing a couple years ago, so he hasn’t played long but he’s a great athlete in terms of his ability to run and catch the ball,” Boyle said. “He’s very fast, can run the court, has good hands. He just has to get a lower base, a lower center of gravity. He also has a nice righty-lefty jump hook, but he’s not yet able to establish position at 220 pounds. He’s gained weight, so I think in a couple years when he gains weight and gets his center of gravity lower, I think he’s got a big upside.
“He’s working out with Doral [Moore], who’s a potential NBA first-round pick, and Christ really makes him work and change his shot at 7-4. And he’s starting to stay without fouling. Last year he couldn’t getting in the game. This year he will get a lot of game time and probably in two years, he’s a major factor in college basketball.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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