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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Prolific Prep big man Saba Gigiberia to announce Monday

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Saba Gigiberia will announce his college choice on Monday.

    The 7-foot-1, 236-pound native of the Republic of Georgia and Prolific Prep (CA) is down to TCU, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. He has visited all three schools, most recently tripped to TCU.

    Gigiberia, 17, began playing basketball in Georgia when he was 12. He then moved to Spain to pursue a basketball career when he was 14, and finally to the U.S. when he was 16.

    Gigiberia says fellow Georgian Zaza Pachulia “is like my idol because he’s one of the best players from Georgia and I know him really good because he was always giving me some advice.” Pachulia is now a consultant with the Golden State Warriors after a 20-year NBA career.

    Prolific Prep coach Joey Fuca says “the biggest thing that stands out about [Gigiberia] is how hard he plays on both ends of the court.

    “He’s really improved over these last six months on adding a three-point shot to his game. And he’s keeping expanding what he can do on the court. He’s always been good with his back to the basket, turn face game in the post. But now he’s good and we’re really comfortable shooting the three from the college line.”

    Gigiberia wants to be a modern big man who can play inside and out.

    “I can play well inside and outside,” he said. “For my size, I can shoot threes and coaches at Prolific Prep they let me shoot it because they saw that I can make it.

    “I take more rebounds and then go and finish them. I like passing more than scoring because I don’t like players who are selfish and I’m trying to share the ball.”

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    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. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.