Ouma Sylla, a 6-7, 185-pound junior swingman from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York (Long Island), made an early decision yesterday and verbally committed to Valpariso, according to coaching staff at Our Savior American.
"Ouma decided to make a decision early," commented his coach, Rev. Ron Stelzer. "Valpo was involved with him for a long time."
Valpo has worked Sylla very hard from the start though Ouma did not mention them in our last interview. Valpo was instrumental in getting Sylla overseas too to play here in the States, according to our sources. And they made the move before Ouma's recruiting blew up.
Sylla had called Syracuse two weeks ago to see if the Orangemen were interested. But Syracuse had it's own problems with coach Jim Boeheim being sick and out. So it was hard for the Orangemen to get out and see Sylla play.
Many other programs had also expressed interest in Sylla but had not had a chance to see him play yet.
Sylla is a hard-working forward who is a very good rebounder and a streaky shooter. He has decent range on his jumper and is improving each game. So give credit to Valpo for closing this down early.