Sane visits Marshall, then commits
HUNTINGTON -- Sometimes a basketball recruiting prospect has to clarify what position they play or where they'll fit in.
Cheikh Sane made it very clear what he's bringing to the Marshall Thundering Herd.
"I am a power player," Sane said Tuesday after verbally committing to Marshall. "I don't shoot three-pointers."
Sane is a 6-foot-9, 217-pound junior college forward for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
He's from Dakar, Senegal, where he attended the SEEDS Academy that has produced numerous NCAA Division I players.
SEEDS is an acronym for Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal. The mission statement on its website (www.seedproject.org) says, "SEEDS uses sports as a vehicle to inspire, empower, and support a holistic development of promising African youth, preparing them to become global citizens and lead positive transformation in Senegal, Africa, and the world.
Gorgui Dieng of the Louisville Cardinals who played at Huntington Prep is on the SEEDS alumni list.
"My high school helped me to get a scholarship," Sane said.
Snow College head coach Rob Nielson said a representative of SEEDS contacted the Badgers about Sane two years ago and he came to America sight unseen.
Sane didn't speak any English at the time and his first year was pretty tough, Nielson said.
Now, he needs only some summer school to graduate.
Sane averaged 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Badgers while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 57.6 percent at the foul line with 42 assists, 16 steals and 53 blocked shots. He was an All-Region 18 and All-/Scenic West Athletic Conference first team selection.
"He is very active and fun to watch," Nielson said. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the court and makes other people better.
"He is able to play with his back to the basket."
Salt Lake Community College defeated Snow College in the Region 18 tournament finals, 86-75, with Sane scoring 13 and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Other schools showing recruiting interest in Sane included Miami (Ohio), Montana, Montana State, Morehead State and Nevada, according to Rivals.com.
On his Marshall campus visit last weekend Sane met Herd center Yous Mbao, who is from Rufisque, Senegal.
"I really liked the environment and the people," Sane said. "And, I have my buddy Yous there."
Nielson said Marshall has followed Sane for a while.
Several other schools wanted him to visit, but Sane made the trip to Marshall and decided it was good for him, Nielson said.
The signing period begins April 17.
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