It’s never too early to be offering scholarships to high school basketball prospects, I suppose. That probability ramps up a little bit higher when you get a fairly young prospect that’s already pretty tall.
That’s what we have on our hands today as Marquette has offered a scholarship to Class of 2021 center Adama Sanogo.
#Marquette has now offered 6’9” Adama Sanogo’21 of @NYRhoops— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) May 13, 2019
The currently unranked sophomore is in the Top 5 in rebounding on the #EYBL circuit. #mubb pic.twitter.com/RKSnTjHqLA
Sanogo is listed by 247 Sports at 6’9” tall and 230 pounds. He’s in the Class of 2021, which means he’s currently finishing up his sophomore year of high school and he’s the same height and somewhere between the weights of Ike Eke and Theo John. Except he’s 16 years old and not 20. So there’s that.
He attends Our Savior New American School on Long Island in New York. Our man Andrew Slater calling Sanogo “unranked” up there is..... well, let’s say it’s mostly true. Sanogo doesn’t have a 247 Sports Composite ranking, so most recruiting databases are currently not ranking him. The 247 Sports internal setup, though? #54 in the country, and they’re only ranking a top 75 right now.
In early March, 247’s Evan Daniels put together a bit of a profile on Sanogo, touching on the fact that he already has offers from Oregon, TCU, Creighton, and Rutgers. That same article says that he was averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game for Our Savior, and that seems pretty good.
The list of schools keeping an eye on Sanogo is bound to explode over the next year or so, as he’s high school teammates with Jonathan Kuminga, the #2 player in the country behind only Hamilton’s Patrick Baldwin, Jr.. On top of that, Sanogo and Kuminga play for the same club team, New York Renaissance, so that’s only going to boost the eyeballs up some more.
Here’s a nearly five minute long highlight clip of Sanogo, but it’s nearly two years old at this point. Then again, it’s also from his time with the Mali U16 team, so that means that the competition level is probably better than your average American high school game.
We’re a long, long ways off from any Class of 2021 prospect being able to sign a letter of intent, but here’s what the Marquette scholarship situation looks like right now. As you can see from the chart, MU is projected to have at least three scholarships to fill in the fall of 2021 after Jamal Cain, Theo John, and Koby McEwen finish their eligibility.