Power forward Khadim Sy signed his NLI with Virginia Tech on Wednesday. The 6-10, 245 pound Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) product is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.
"I'm so happy to be a Hokie today," Sy said in a statement. "Oak Hill has been my home for three years; now Blacksburg will be my home for the next four. I can't wait to play for coach Williams and his staff and compete in the ACC, the best basketball conference in America."
Last season the Dakar, Senegal native came off the bench and averaged 6.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. In two games this season, he's averaged 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots.
Sy verbally committed to the Hokies on October 26, 2015 over scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Purdue and Wake Forest. He is expected to bolster Tech's front court next fall. ESPN's scouting report hit the highs and lows of Sy's game.
Strengths: Sy is a late bloomer who has transformed his frame and added a ton of muscle in the last two years. He has a naturally big frame, soft hands and makes a good effort to chase balls down off the glass. He's a potential high volume rebounder, both in traffic as well as out of his area, capable shot-blocker, and also has good enough feet to defend some bigger guys on the perimeter and is thus capable of playing either the four or the five.
Weaknesses: He's not an elite athlete in that while he can play well above the rim given a little bit of room to elevate, he doesn't often show that some explosiveness through contact or in traffic. Offensively, he can play with his back to the basket but still needs to add a can of polish to his post-game and isn't much of a scoring threat outside of the paint either, which is what might limit him to the center position, at least initially.
"We are excited to add an Oak Hill alum to the Hokie family for the first time in over 30 years," Buzz Williams said in a release. "Khadim has been coached at an elite level since he arrived in the states and fills a need we had in our second class. Throughout the two years we have recruited him, he has continued to improve at a consistent rate as a player, and I believe his ceiling is very high. More importantly, he has the character and work ethic that we want those in our program to be about on and off the floor."