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Posted On: 04/28/18 5:00 AM
After hardly seeing the floor and taking just 35 shot attempts all season as a sophomore at Centerville, 6’8” center Mo Njie (2020) has burst onto the scene in the spring.
With C2K Elite 16U, Njie has capitalized on the opportunity to get a lot of playing time with a circuit team.
“As a big man, I dominate the post. Like, that is my job just to be the biggest and most dominate player down there in the paint. Grab every rebound. Block every shot. It’s just part of my job,” Njie said.
Ohio State and Dayton were already keeping tabs on the Southwest Ohio big man before his grassroots season began. Other MM/HM programs have joined the pair of in-state schools as teams interested in Njie’s upside.
“I have been in direct contact with Ohio State, UD, Purdue, and Wright State, and Xavier,” Njie said.
“Ever since I started playing AAU, the last three, they are the ones that picked me up. And then Ohio State and UD I got earlier in my season, in my freshman year and sophomore year,” Njie said.
In Indy this weekend, Njie will be further evaluated by the Buckeyes, per a source.
“The two schools most interested in me are UD and Ohio State,” Njie explained.
He hasn’t quite taken any visits yet, but Njie knows that he’s looking for a team where everybody plays hard. In talking to Njie, he clearly values team concepts and believes in everyone excelling in their role.
“I’m going to look for the strong mentality for each player to do their best. And that they go onto the floor and expose it,” Njie said.
In our viewings of Njie in Grand Rapids a couple weekends ago, his role is clearly defensive. The kid has a knack for challenging shots and being disruptive in the painted area. With his physical tools, including length, Njie can tally up a ton of rejections.
However, he’s likely just scratching the surface as a prospect, as his ball skills haven’t quite caught up with his measurables and effort.
“I already got the inside down, I’m dominant. But once I work on that outside game and I got that down too — knocking outside shots and attacking the rim from the outside — I think I’ll be pretty solid,” Njie said.
The big man hasn’t taken the ACT yet but he carries a 3.25 GPA currently. Coaches can see him on the UAA circuit all season, including this weekend in Indianapolis.