A team that lacks size, picked up a 6 foot 10 inch, 235 pound center when Sidy Djitte committed to Clemson University. Memphis and Cincinnati were originally the top-two choices from the center from Senegal. But instead, he decided to enter ACC territory and play for Brad Brownell’s Tigers.
Clemson has not made the NCAA tournament since their old coach, Oliver Purnell was on the job and a lack of big men has been a primary reason for that struggle.
Brownell has gone out and tried to get size to come to Clemson to help their problem and Djitte was one of the additions he was able to get.
Djitte has only lived in the United States since 2011, so he doesn’t have too much experience against talented players and with American basketball rules. He attended Northwood Christian Academy and averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game.
For a big man, those are great numbers and Clemson has to feel like they have a quality big man coming to help them out in the new and improved ACC next season.
Also, you have to feel that Djitte can only get better from here. He will have the best coaching he has ever had and you know that the Clemson coaching staff is going to be working extremely hard on developing him into a dominate big man.
Since he doesn’t have a lot of experience in high-level games, he hasn’t really needed the greatest fundamentals to succeed. In college he will and by learning these fundamentals, he will only get better.