The future just got a bit brighter for the Clemson men's basketball program.
With the addition of 6-10 center Sidy Mohamed Djitte, who committed to Clemson on Saturday according to his hometown Fayetteville Observer, Brad Brownell has a full and balanced hand to play as the Tigers attempt to establish themselves in the new ACC.
The pick-up is the second 6-10 post in a month for the Tigers, who in April signed juco power forward Ibrahim Djambo. The two big men join shooting guards Austin Ajukwa and Patrick Rooks, both shooting guards and November signees, in Clemson's 2013 class.
Djitte and Djambo will join an inside group that already includes 6-11 Landry Nnoko, 6-8 Josh Smith, and 6-7 Jaron Blossomgame.
As a senior at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, Djitte - a native of Senegal - earned Cape Fear area player of the year honors. He averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks a game, and was a McDonald's All-America nominee.
Northwood coach Chris Lattimer told the Fayetteville Observer that Djitte has "all of the attributes of the very good player - size, speed and strength...He needed to learn some of the skill sets. Footwork. Post moves. Understanding the game a bit more."
One of the nation's top-rated unsigned big men, Djitte chose Clemson over Cincinnati, after eliminating Memphis earlier in the week.
On Saturday, Lattimer told the Observer that Clemson's loyalty was the tipping point in Djitte's decision.
“He just couldn’t turn down that loyalty of Clemson, that family atmosphere at Clemson,” Lattimer said of Djitte, who moved from Dakar, Senegal to the United States late in 2011. “They’ve been recruiting him since the day he’s gotten over here, pretty much. Maybe he had a bad game on the AAU circuit, a bad game at Northwood, and they still kept on him and still loved him.
“This past week was tough because he was mulling over a couple different scenarios, but it came down to the fact this was the best scenario for him...
“I think Clemson, for him, is just the best possible fit. They’re wonderful people and high-character individuals. Coach Brownell is a wonderful person, and he’s an excellent basketball coach. Sidy has only played basketball for about three years now, and he’s going into a situation where, not just with Coach Brownell, but with Coach (Mike) Winiecki and Coach (Earl) Grant, they’re great at developing talent.”