After recently reopening his recruitment, former South Alabama signee Vieux Kande has decided where…
Cajun's Hoops Offers Florida Big Man
Kande, a senior post from The Sagemont School in Weston, Fla., signed with South Alabama last fall but requested and received a release from his national letter of intent last month after the Jaguars hired Butler assistant Matthew Graves. FloridaHoops.com ranks the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Senegal native as the 42nd-best Class of 2013 recruit in the Sunshine State.
"Louisiana-Lafayette has offered him a scholarship, and he took a visit there last weekend," Sagemont coach Adam Ross said. "He had a good time, but I have yet to know of anyone who hasn't had a good time on a visit."
Kande, an academic qualifier, has played two years of basketball at Sagemont after attending SEEDS Academy in his home country of Senegal. As a junior he saw action behind Columbia-bound forward Jeff Coby for a squad that advanced to the FHSAA Class 3A state final.
This past season Kande averaged eight points and seven rebounds and earned All-Broward County Class 4A-2A honorable mention honors while splitting time with fellow Division I prospect Andre Horne. In his first two games of the season Kande had 23 points and 13 rebounds and 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. The guard-dominated Lions, led by Arizona State signee Egor Koulechov, went 23-6 and finished fifth in the state's Class 3A rankings.
"His numbers weren't huge, but that's not a really fair indication of how good he will be at the next level because we played four guards and one post and he split minutes with another mid-major Division I post," Ross said. "He started playing basketball a little late in life and has really made incredible progress with us. That's a testament to his work ethic and willingness to learn and get in the gym and work at it."
Ross said Kande is still a bit raw offensively but has the skills to be an impact post player at the mid-major level in his first two years. Notable Sagemont grads include Fab Melo (Syracuse/Boston Celtics) and Will Sheehey (Indiana). Sagemont product Marco Cooper played for Cajuns coach Bob Marlin at Sam Houston State in the 2009-10 season.
"Vieux a big strong guy who is very long and is a very good defender and rebounder," Ross said. "Like most kids who start playing later, he's better defensively right now but has the potential to be better offensively down the line. He can shoot the ball out to 12 feet or so, but he gets the majority of his points on post-ups and putbacks."
Ross said several other schools besides the Cajuns are recruiting Kande, but he declined to reveal any names. Kande's focus is currently on academics as he takes his final exams next week.
"I consider the Sun Belt to be a mid-major conference, and all of the schools Vieux is considering are at that same level," Ross said. "I will say a couple of other schools in the conference are involved, but I'd rather not divulge which schools. He has a bunch of options and could make a decision in the next week or two or three. He does know it will not be South Alabama."
According to Ross, Kande will consider several factors when deciding where he will play college basketball.
"Vieux is 5,000 or 6,000 miles away from family, so wherever he ends up he needs to feel comfortable and have a support system around him," Ross said. "We also wants to go to a place that is ethnically diverse because he's an African kid who speaks several languages and went to high school in South Florida, which is like a melting pot. And lastly he's looking for a place that will provide him with an academic experience that he is comfortable with because he's very driven to become the first person in his family to obtain a college degree."
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