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Kassoum Yakwe to Decide Between Oregon, St. John’s
Following official visits to St. John’s and Oregon, 2016 forward Kassoum Yakwe will decide between those two programs and won’t take any more visits, a source close to Yakwe told SNY.tv.
“No more visits,” the source said. “Both are great options. It depends if he wants to stay in New York or go to Eugene.”
The Oregon visit wrapped up on Wednesday and went well, the source said.
“Great visit,” the source said. “They want Kassoum badly, like St. John’s.”
St. John’s hosted Yakwe over the weekend, taking him to Madison Square Garden and campus. He is a priority recruit for coach Chris Mullin in 2016, along with Brooklyn shooting guard Shamorie Ponds, who visits Aug. 28, and junior college wing Bashir Ahmed, who visits Sept. 26.
Additionally, the source said the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Yakwe has graduated from Our Savior New American and has his high school diploma.
He could now opt to go to college or prep school, with a decision on that “coming pretty soon,” the source said.
At the Peach Jam, Yakwe led the Nike event in rebounding and blocks while playing for the PSA Cardinals.
“Kassoum’s getting better and better each day,” PSA Cardinals coach Terrance “Munch” Williams said at the Peach Jam. “At times he’s been overshadowed because he’s been playing behind All-Americans last year, but when he’s on the floor he’s obviously one of the best defensive players in the country. His offense is coming along. He got a good 15-foot jumper, he’s obviously athletic, and he affects the game in multiple facets. You can move him around, he’s just an all-around great player.
“Regardless of where he goes because of his effort and energy, he’s going to be a great basketball player.”
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