Stoneridge Prep might be based in California but with a roster filled with players from around the globe and a schedule that included nine trips totaling 55,000 miles over this season, it comes as no surprise that the recruiting process for the school's players covers a lot of ground. Rivals.com caught up with Stoneridge head coach Babacar Sy and got the latest on his players.
Herb Tanner, a Boston native, has an East Coast flair to his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has officially visited Fordham and George Washington already and a possible trip to Tulane is on the horizon. South Florida, Purdue and James Madison are also in the mix. Tanner has a qualifying score.
Djibril Thiam, a 6-foot-8 small forward, has a multi-faceted game and that is paying off late in the recruiting period. Thiam is comfortable with the ball in his hands and is a good decision maker and penetrator to the basket.
Thiam has officially visited Baylor, Pepperdine and Rutgers already while Charlotte and Toledo are trying to lure Thiam to take an official visit as well.
After running the Stoneridge ship this season, point guard Shane Mahoney is starting to see the benefits of his hard work and tenacity. The 6-foot-1 floor general is holding offers from Pepperdine and Mercer while a number of other schools are showing interest. UT-Chattanooga, Wofford, Evansville, TCU and Illinois State have all inquired and watched of late.
The sleeper of the team is 6-foot-6 wing Mahamoud Diakite. The Paris, France native has a chiseled body and uses it well. He explodes to the bucket but can also step out and knock down the perimeter bucket. TCU, UC-Irvine, Kennesaw State, Kansas State and Pepperdine have all been involved this season.
A trio of juniors round out the talented roster for Stoneridge Prep.
California native Marvin Adams has gone from the team's 10th man in the lineup to one of the team's top scorers from the guard position. He connected on nine three-pointers in two games in a tournament in Rhode Island. Since then, his recruitment has brought in the likes of Charlotte, Notre Dame, Tulsa and Providence.
Junior big men Ibrahima Thomas and Boubacar Sylla have also raised the eyebrows of the high-majors. Thomas is a fine shooting big man at 6-foot-10 while Sylla is a raw 7-foot-1 center.
The juniors will play with Bob Gottleib's Branch West AAU program this spring and summer.
Stoneridge Prep will close the season this weekend in Erie, Pa., at the National Christian School tournament. The team will play Boys to Men (Ill.) on Thursday, Massanutten (Va.) on Friday and Life Center (N.J.) on Saturday.