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.
Kassoum Yakwe, a 6-7 2016 forward from Our Savior New American, will visit Iowa State Sunday-Tuesday for the team’s game against Oklahoma on Monday, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.
Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com previously reported the visit.
Yakwe is also planning other visits before the spring, sources said.
St. John’s, Syracuse, Iowa State, Villanova and Kansas are working hardest for Yakwe, one source said.
The source also said that Kansas called Yakwe this week to reiterate that they “their offer is still on the table.”
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com saw Yakwe at the recent Our Savior-Linden game and came away impressed by Yakwe’s athleticism.
“He’s a freak athlete,” Givony said. “He guards, he rebounds, he blocks shots. He has an amazing body with a long wingspan. There are not many guys in college with those physical attributes. If he develops a reliable corner 3, he is going to be an NBA player.”
Iowa State is also among those recruiting Yakwe’s teammate, 6-9 2015 forward Cheick Diallo, who was named to the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Kentucky, Kansas, St. John’s and Pitt are also in the mix for Diallo. Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas assistant Norm Roberts have been through to see Our Savior in the last week.
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.
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