Four-star 2016 big man commits to South Carolina

Leave a comment

South Carolina landed a commitment from four-star big man Sedee Keita, he announced on Twitter. The 6-foot-10 Keita is regarded as a four-star prospect and he’s a quality addition for head coach Frank Martin.

Regarded as the No. 82 overall prospect, Keita took official visits to South Carolina, Providence and Temple during the recruiting process. He becomes the first commitment for the Gamecocks in the Class of 2016.

A developing offensive player with a workable jumper, Keita is a good rebounder who can also defend a bit near the rim. Keita gives South Carolina a player who can likely give some early minutes because he’s pretty physically developed to handle the rigors of the SEC.

Playing his senior season at 22 Ft Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, Keita is staying in his adopted basketball home for another few years.


Four-star center Sedee Keita down to six schools

1 Comment

Four-star center Sedee Keita is one of the more skilled big men in the Class of 2016 and he announced on Twitter that he’s focusing on six schools as things are beginning to wind down.

The 6-foot-10 Keita is looking at LSU, Penn State, Providence, South Carolina, Temple and UNLV as his final six schools. Playing with WE R1 this spring and summer in the Under Armour Association, Keita showed an ability to step outside and hit jumpers while also being able to do some damage on the interior on both ends of the floor.

With good natural size and some upside, Keita is an attractive long-term prospect and he’s currently regarded as the No. 83 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

CBT Quotables, Part III: Ben Simmons, Josh Jackson and Diamond Stone

Leave a comment

Over the course of July’s live recruiting period, we at College Basketball Talk will be posting anonymous quotes from coaches about the prospects that they are watching and recruiting. With coverage from the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam and the UA Finals, the second open period of the month has provided coaches more opportunities to see their recruiting targets in competitive settings.

Here’s what the coaches had to say, with quotes cobbled together from a handful of conversations we had:

MOREQuotables Part I | Quotables Part IIAll our content from the 2014 July Live Recruiting Period

PF Ben Simmons, No. 1 2015: “He’s more of a four in college, but I think he’s a three in the pros. His vision is tremendous. No need for an outlet pass when he gets a defensive rebound, he takes it himself. Run offense through him, don’t let him just be a facilitator in college. He’s too good for that.”

SG Josh Jackson, No. 1 2016: “Josh Jackson is really talented, but I think three or four guys are better than him in 2016. He makes too many careless mistakes and takes too many bad shots to be the guy in that class.”

SF Jaylen Brown, No. 3 2015: “If Jaylen Brown is hitting shots from the perimeter, it’s over. Good luck stopping that dude in transition because he’s powerful and great with a full head of steam.”

C Diamond Stone, No. 6 2015: “Diamond Stone is tough to handle on the inside. And he’s a heck of a passer, too. He’s just settled into a routine, lately, of settling for too many jumpers.”

C Sedee Keita, No. 46 2016: “I saw him two years ago and said there’s no player there. I saw him last year and he was better. Now, you can see it coming. Needs to learn how to score, but he will be good.”

PF Tomas Murphy, 2017: “I just don’t think he’s gotten better in the last year. Players are catching up to him in size and he’s not dominating. Soft touch, decent post moves, needs to add strength and grow into his body. Think he’s closer to Alex than Erik.”