It's going to be hard for any scouting service to keep Oumar Sylla out of the top 100. Sylla, a skilled 6-6, 190 pound small forward from Our Savior New America H.S. in Centereach, N.Y., demonstrated some toughness too this past weekend at the Rim Rocker Classic held on the campus of Longwood High School in New York.
Sylla, who was without his friend and center Konimba Diarra, spent much of his time battling a gritty Lutheran Christian team in the title game. It was a great second half by Sylla that allowed Our Savior to climb back into the game and claim the championship game. Sylla led his team in scoring with 28 points, many of them key free throws or baskets in the second half as Our Savior rallied from a 16-point disadvantage.
Sylla always has possessed a nice medium range game. He has done a better job this season of shooting the three-pointer. Oumar has always been a tough defender and a solid rebounder. For example: Sylla knocked down five of seven three pointers in the first half and dished out five assists in the opening 16 minutes as Our Savior opened up a 38-22 half-time lead at the Prep School Classic in Delaware against National Christian Academy. (Russ Blake's report)
In the second half, with the game basically on cruise control, Sylla added four more points and three more assists to finish with 21 and eight, respectively, on the afternoon.
Sylla is also a very good passer. If you combine his competitive spirit with his skills, you got yourself a top 100 player. Sylla should be an immediate impact player for Valpo when he plays next season on the college level.