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7-0, 230-pound South Kent (CT) center Assane Sene (pronounced Ah-sane Se-nay) arrived in Charlottesville last night, beginning his official visit to the University of Virginia. The Senegal native is making the first official visit of his recruiting process, but could that be all he needs before making a decision?
“He is pretty methodical with his decision making process,” South Kent head coach Raphael Chillious said. “If he is blown away by Virginia, he could end up there. They’ve been on top of his list for quite some time. U-Conn, Syracuse, UCLA, Kansas and Maryland are in there. Kentucky is trying to jump in. A lot of them are just hoping he doesn’t commit this weekend. A lot of them want to see him again at our fall workouts next week.”
Virginia’s coaches have done a good job recruiting the talented senior, who has visited UVa on two prior occasions. This Tuesday, head coach Dave Leitao made another visit to South Kent.
“Virginia has probably been recruiting him the longest,” Chillious said. “He likes Coach Leitao, Coach Courtney and the guys. He has been to Virginia for the NBPA Camp and the Elite Camp, so he is familiar with it.”
Even though he has experienced UVa before, there is still much more Sene would like to discover this weekend.
“He wants to see it with the students there,” Chillious said. “He is a good student (Sene speaks five languages and is considering a major in International Business), so he wants to check out the academic aspect. He wants to see the relationship the head coach has with the players. Since his family is so far away, that will be very important to him.”
What is drawing college coaches – besides Sene’s size and 7’6″ wing span – is the ability he has shown on offense as well as defense. Though Coach Chillious has only had Sene for a short time – Assane arrived in March – he has taken serious notice of some quality skills on both ends of the court.
“Assane is terrific,” Chillious said. “He is not your typical post player from Africa in that his defense is way ahead of his offense. That’s not him. He can really score the ball. He can face up and he can run the court. He is a left-hander and he has a face-up...
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