Posted On: 08/12/19 6:26 AM
Despite all of the disagreement with the new recruiting calendar, there were still tons of players who used the shorten live periods throughout AAU to make a lasting impressing on college programs. 2020 forward David N’Guessan was included in that group as he witnessed a major boost in his recruitment with Team BBC.
Virtually unknown prior to this spring, N’Guessan picked up six offers from June to July from programs ranged from the MEAC to the A10 Conference. It’s not hard to see why more than a handful of schools like what they saw in the 6-foot-9 forward. He presents a mismatch against other bigs with his versatility and ability to play out on the perimeter. Make no mistake, N’Guessan also has soft touch when operating in the paint, but when used as a stretch-4, he can greatly impact a game.
“I didn’t start out playing well in the spring,” N’Guessan told Prep Hoops, “but once I improved my motor, energy and just went into the game with a positive mindset, it really helped me.”
Because of his height, N’Guessan was usually limited to being a player who operated inside, but he isn’t a normal 6-foot-9 prospect. The Netherlands native has the capability to grab the defensive rebound and push the ball up the floor himself. Now he doesn’t have the control of a point guard when doing so, but it forces the defense to adjust to a wrinkle that most teams don’t have. Becoming stronger in his perimeter play has been a focus for N’Guessan this summer.
“I’ve really been working on my shot and my ball handling and just my overall decision making when I have the ball,” N’Guessan said. “Team BBC let me play my game this spring and summer by just running the floor, filling the lanes on the wing and just attacking from anywhere on the floor.
St. Joe’s, Towson, George Mason, Robert Morris, East Tennessee State and Howard have all offered, but N’Guessan told Prep Hoops that St. Joe’s and Towson have stood out with their aggression in recruiting him. He is currently in the process of setting up dates for official visits. His toughness and versatility for his size are the main strengths that attracted these programs, N’Guessan claimed.
N’Guessan will take on a much bigger role for Mt. Zion this winter. After showcasing his perimeter skills this summer, it’s only right that he be featured more on the wing and have freedom as a play maker.
There hasn’t been a set date for his commitment, but N’Guessan told Prep Hoops he’ll likely make his decision around the end of the calendar year.