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  1. HIGHLAND, Ill. -- Since moving to the United States from his home in Mali to start his high school years, everything has been an adjustment for Rivals150 junior big man Yaya Keita.But, he's found a home at St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet and is thriving on and off the court. A bruising and strong 6-foot-9 big man, Keita is a beast on the floor but a fun loving and engaging individual off of it. He discussed adjusting to a new place and a new language. “It’s all different from my country to here," Keita told Rivals.com. "Jumping from Mali and coming to the United States the climate is a big, huge difference. I had never been in snow before and when I came over an saw it I was like woah, I’m not going out. That was a big challenge to be able to handle the weather and the cold. "After that it was the language part of it. From where I started to today I think I’ve done a pretty good job. When I came over I only knew three words because back home in Mali we use French.” On the basketball court, Keita has endeared himself to teammates and to coaches. He has earned offers from Iowa, Missouri State, Saint Louis and Southern Illinois to go with interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, West Virginia and many others. It's easy to see why coaches would appreciate his hard work and style even though he's only been focused on hoops for three years. “At home I was a soccer player," said Keita. "Then when I came over I got changed to be a basketball player and it was fun so I gave myself to it. My freshman year I did play soccer for DeSmet, I played forward and scored 15 goals. But I stopped after that and I’ve just focused on basketball because I love it. “Anytime when I step on the floor I have to be in that aggressive mood and make my teammates that way. Even if it’s not going for me I have to get them going. I like to take leadership and talk to my guys all the time. If I’m not scoring I don’t worry about it, I go for every rebound because I know that’s going to help. I love my teammates and I want them to love me too.” IN HIS OWN WORDS Not surprisingly, Keita has been to nearby SLU and he has also taken an unofficial visit to Kansas. He'd like to set up trips with Iowa and Michigan and discussed those four programs. Iowa: "I think Iowa is very excited for me to come visit and they’ve been watching me since my sophomore year. Even when I was hurt they didn’t give up and not offer me. They offered me when I was not playing so that surprised me a lot. Coach saw me, I couldn’t even run and all I could do was shoot free throws and he said ok, I want to offer you. I’m like “wow, this means a lot so I want to come back and show them that you offered me when I was hurt and now I’m back and I’m playing hard for you.” Kansas: “Kansas it was pretty decent, I mean it was really cool. The coaches were nice, the campus was nice, the players were nice to me and after the game I got to go in the locker room to hear the coach speak. I got to talk to Bill Self and it was very cool. They've had all those NBA players and they are just starting to recruit me but (fans) treated me like I was already one of the NBA guys." Michigan: “I’m just excited about where the program is. They have a new coach, Juwan Howard, and I like his personality. He played in the NBA and he played with one of basketball wise my favorite people to see in life, LeBron James. He got to play with him on the Miami Heat. Also his coaching and what he stands for is neat to me. I just want to visit and see.” SLU: "It’s a very cool place and I like (Travis Ford). I had some losses in my family last year, I lost my mom on Christmas day and it was pretty tough and I was injured and I had lost my dad too. It was three hard things in one year and I was kind of fighting through it and the SLU coaches wanted to see how I was doing and lift me up. It meant a lot to me and since then I’ve seen them as a nice people.” WHAT'S NEXT? Keita is still learning each day how to be a better player and adjusting to a new culture. His teammates and coaches love being around him and he's experiencing as much as possible. That spills over into his recruitment where Keita will take his time and do all he can to learn as much about the schools involved as he can. Because of that, there's no rush to do anything. "So now I’m just kind of waiting and seeing," said Keita. "Everything is new to me. This college stuff I don’t know much about it and I’m just kind of focused and playing hard. When the time comes to sign with a school I will do it, but for now I’m just kind of thinking it over.”
  2. The focus of this coming weekend for Kansas State fans is on the football season starting and seeing how the Chris Klieman era gets going, but the weekend is important for more than just football this weekend. Bruce Weber’s basketball program enters a rather important weekend, too. This weekend, the Wildcats host 2020 St. Louis products Luke Kasubke and Davion Bradford on official visits as they attempt to continue building their 2020 class around current commit Nijel Pack. Kasubke and Bradford might potentially be those next pieces. Both Kasubke and Bradford have been high priorities for quite some time. The Wildcats have been after Bradford since he was young and they really began tapping into St. Louis (Bradford lived there prior to making some moves to different parts of the country and then recently returning to St. Louis.) Kasubke has been under that St. Louis umbrella as well and has played for MOKAN Elite, a program that K-State has had on its radar. The Wildcats got him on campus last year for an unofficial visit and now he returns for his official. So what is there to learn on the official that he did not on his unofficial? “I just hope to build a better relationship with the coaches, even though I already have good ones with them,” Kasubke said to GoPowercat.com. “And I also want to get to know the players better and see where I fit in with them.” Bradford, on the other hand, has yet to make it to Manhattan for a visit yet. "This will be my first time at K-State," Bradford said to GoPowercat. "I’m hoping it’ll be exciting and I’ll gain some more knowledge about K-State and just experience my whole visit." The visit to K-State will be Kasubke’s third unofficial visit in a one-week span. He went to Saint Louis last week and began a visit to Loyola-Chicago today. As of now, these three are the only official visits that Kasubke has planned, although it doesn’t mean that more won’t come later on. So could the Wildcats be on commitment watch this weekend with Kasubke? “I haven’t thought a lot about committing on a visit,” Kasubke said. “The plan is to take my visits and then sit down and make a decision before the high school season sometime.” Bradford has an official visit to Missouri scheduled for September 14 and so the thought of committing on a visit to K-State isn't really in his mind either. "I feel like I would want to check for some more options after K-State," Bradford said. "Just to be safe, you know?" The big question that everyone wants to know about the duo, though, is whether or not Weber could land both of them in a package deal. Being MOKAN teammates, the thought of them playing together is not out of the question and K-State could be the place for that to happen, considering how high of a priority they both are to the Wildcats. So might the package deal happen? “Davion’s my brother,” Kasubke said. “I’ve been playing with him since I was a little kid. I’m more concerned about what program fits me best, but at the same time, I would love to team up with him if we feel it fits both of us and our games.” "I’m not necessarily looking for a package deal," Bradford added. "I’m just looking for wherever that fits me the best and where could I belong. I want to have a good career wherever I go. But I mean, it would be good to have (a package deal) if it came to it." GoPowercat.com cover Kasubke and Bradford’s visits to Manhattan and find out where they both stand with K-State following their visits, as well as future basketball recruiting news.
  3. @Andrew__Slater · Apr 26 Word is Van Macon is trying hard to join Mike Anderson and his nephew Cleveland #SJUBB
  4. 6’9” PF Yaya Keita’21 from Desmet in Missouri & @GatewayBBall has been offered by #Iowa
  5. More Does anyone know anything about him? #LSU offered to PF Sekou Gassama’21 ( Desmet HS in St Louis) #GeauxTigers
  6. (Photo: 247Sports) The Saint Louis Billikens are building one of the most powerful rosters in the Atlantic 10 Conference. With excellent facilities and a good location, the Billikens have made sure to attack local recruiting, and on Sunday they got a key piece to the puzzle when Terrence Hargrove committed to the program. A 6-foot-6 forward with high level athleticism, emerging skill, and a high motor, Hargrove is the type of player that Travis Ford has to keep home in order to get the Billikens to the top of the league. "I will be continuing my journey at Saint Louis University," Hargrove announced on Sunday evening, confirming his commitment to the school. Playing with the high powered Bradley Beal Elite squad on the Nike EYBL, Hargrove was asked to fit in and play a specific role, but during the high school season his game really had an opportunity to shine. In this day and age of positionless basketball, Hargrove is somebody who can play either on the wing as a traditional small forward, or could even slide down and be a bit of a small ball power forward. Hargrove's three point jumper remains a work in progress, but during the high school season he showed major improvement with it. Hargrove is also pretty good attacking downhill off the dribble, and is someone who can finish well above the rim. Add in that he is an excellent athlete, and this is a heck of an early snag for Ford and his staff. Along with Saint Louis, Hargrove also had significant interest from Missouri and a handful of other programs.
  7. Tweets Tweets, current page. Tweets & replies Media Demarius Jacobs‏ @Dmjacobs_ 4h4 hours ago More Saint Louis official visit this weekend 8 replies 15 retweets 60 likes Reply 8 Retweet 15 Like 60 Direct message
  8. http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/amauri-pesek-hickson/3KJvT4QWEea-8KA2nzwbTA/videos.htm?videoid=1f453cf1-f608-464b-b9a1-188c73cc4ace
  9. Stats from the first 2 games. On twitter he is really impressing people. FG FT 3PT REB AST TO STL BLK PF PTS 7-10 3-4 1-5 11 0 0 3 0 2 20 10-17 5-6 4-7 9 3 1 2 0 2 29
  10. Scott Burgess‏ @scottybscout 15m15 minutes ago Simeon 2018 SF Talen Horton-Tucker @_Tal0w lines up June visits: 20 #Northwestern, 21 #Illini, 23 #SLU, 26 #Purdue, 28 #Buckeyes, 30 #Xavier
  11. Joe Toussaint, a class of 2019 PG playing or the PS Cardinals (NY), just picked up an offer from St. Louis. Per Pat Lawless
  12. South Florida transfer Luis Santos will visit Saint Louis per Jon Rothstein.
  13. I saw Torrence Watson today, he had 40 plus points. He looks more and more like Bradley Beal going coast to coast and finishing. The jumper is better and better. I hope we find a way to get him on the roster.
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