October 31, 2007

Cats watching 7-footer from Senegal

By all accounts, Kentucky would like to have a center wrapped up as part of its 2008 basketball recruiting class when the November signing period arrives.

In the event the Wildcats do not land a big man in the next two or three weeks, however, they could be keeping an eye on a promising international player who is in the United States for his senior year.

Aziz N'Diaye is a 7-foot-1, 230-pound prospect originally from the African Republic of Senegal. He is currently enrolled at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois.

"It's his first time in the United States," said Lake Forest coach Matt Vaughn. "He came over in August and people are starting to ask about him because we have another prospect on our team, Kyle Rowley, who is getting a lot of attention. Whenever we have an open gym, people naturally ask about Aziz because he's such a gifted athlete.

"(Kentucky assistant coach) Tracy Webster was up here a couple of weeks ago watching one of our open gyms. He was recruiting Kyle when he was at Illinois, but this was his first time seeing Aziz. He seemed to like both of them. I haven't heard back from them yet, but he could be a guy they keep watching."

In addition to the Wildcats, Vaughn says Aziz is drawing interest from several major conference schools. Some, like Northwestern, Georgetown, Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech, have picked up on him through their scouting of Rowley. But, the coach adds, it's still too early to pinpoint who is serious about his recruitment.

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