Oumar Sylla, a 6-6, 185 pound small forward from Our Savior New American H.S. in Centereach, N.Y., helped the Minuteman Press squad reach the round of 32 in the open division here at the adidas Big Time Tournament.
Sylla finished with 10 points in Minuteman Press' 72-60 loss to the Alabama Ice on Thursday morning. After the game, he shared his thoughts on his current situation, since rumors have swirled about his recruiting status in recent weeks.
Sylla was one of two players at Our Savior to give very early oral commitments to Valparaiso. He characterized his commitment to Valpo as a soft commitment, and said he's received interest from high Division I schools such as Florida State and South Florida.
He said he hopes to have things sorted out when he returns back to his adopted home state of New York after the Big Time Tournament, but for now, the Bamako, Mali, native appears committed to the Valpo program.
Sylla averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks this past season at Our Savior, where he was one of several foreign born players to make key contributions to Ron Stelzer's rising power.
In the classroom, Sylla said he has a 2.2 GPA, but has yet to take the SAT or ACT.
Sylla kicked off the summer at the adidas ABCD Camp in New Jersey, then attended the Three Stripes Tournament in New York with Minuteman Press. Following the Big Time, he said he might attend the Best of the Summer Tournament with New York Elite.
We will keep you posted on Sylla's situation should anything change in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.