Many college coaches descended upon Hofstra University this past weekend to see how Hassan Fofana, the 6-9, 265-pound big forward/center for the Middlesex Magic, has progressed in his game.
There is no doubt that Fofana has made great strides in his game over the past year. Now looking for another high school to attend, Fofana has been polishing his craft his summer on the AAU circuit. He continues to make progress in his game but foul trouble last weekend halted the speed of this progress.
In three of the four games RivalsHoops.com watched, Fofana fouled out. In the other game, Hassan had four fouls. He will learn in the future how to stay out of foul trouble but the next year is critical for his success.
Hassan has many schools on his list and many offers. But if he is to be a major player on the college level, Hassan will have to do a better job of keeping himself in the game.
Fofana lists Wake Forest, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia, UMass, Stanford, Loyola of Chicago, Boston College, and Holy Cross. All of the schools have offered. Hassan does not have any plans on taking any trips anytime soon.
"I should have a top ten list of schools by the beginning of the school year," said Fofana. "After I have a top five list of schools I'll know where I want to visit."
Fofana will attend the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament with the Middlesex Magic, but will not attend the Five Star Camp this summer because he has some academic obligations. He takes the SAT for the first time in the Fall too.
Fofana scored 28 points in the four games reporters from RivalsHoops.com watched this past weekend. These aren't big numbers. But Fofana is in the developing stages of understanding the game of basketball and what his strengths will be offensively. And when he is able to keep himself on the court and off the bench, he will double that production for sure.
The strengths of Fofana are his wide frame, his ability to run down the court and beat his slower defender, block shots, and rebound.