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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Orange Offer Scholarship to 2017 Center Bourama Sidibe

The 6-foot-10 junior is a native of Mali and plays for St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey.

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The continent of Africa has been a source of scholarship talent for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team in recent years. From Baye Moussa Keita (Senegal) to Chinonso Obokoh (Nigeria), Syracuse has recruited its fair share of talent from Africa's various nations.

That pattern could continue with today's news, reported by Mike Waters of, that Syracuse has offered a scholarship to Bourama Sidibe, a 6-foot-10 center in the Class of 2017.

The native of Mali has begun to garner interest from a number of major college basketball programs. Although he is not ranked among the Top 100 players in the 2017 class by any national recruiting service, Sidibe does hold other scholarship offers from Seton Hall, Kansas State, SMU, Memphis, Arizona State, VCU and Maryland.

As a junior at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. this past season, Sidibe averaged approximately 13 points and 11 rebounds per game. He helped the Gray Bees to a 35-2 record.

Last year was Sidibe's first full season with St. Benedict's. He transferred to the prep school halfway through the 2014-15 school year. St. Benedict's is the same school that former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis attended.

St. Benedict's coach Mark Taylor confirmed Syracuse's scholarship offer to Sidibe.

Taylor said Sidibe, who currently weighs 220 pounds, is capable of playing both center and power forward.

Here is some video of Sidibe in action: