November 14, 2012 12:09:45 AM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University picked up a men's basketball prospect that fills an enormous need to their front line.
247sports.com first reported Findlay Prep center Fallou Ndoye has verbally committed to be a member
(pronounced Pha-lou, In-do-ya). Ndoye is the fourth commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 class. The early signing period begins Wednesday.
The three-star prospect according to Rivals.com immediately becomes an impact player at the center position for the Bulldogs lacking much depth in the frontcourt. The only MSU player taller than 6-foot-7 set to return for next season is freshman center Gavin Ware.
The 6-foot-11 and 215-pound shot blocking and low post scoring presence, who is coming from one of the most nationally recognized prep schools in America, also reportedly held scholarship offers from the University of Southern California, Virginia Tech University, University of Nevada and Florida Atlantic University.
"Mississippi State has nice coaches and I have talked to their coaches a lot," Ndoye told 247sports.com before his visit to Starkville on Oct. 4. "They watched me play every game this summer and they've told me about their program. I have a friend that went to school there, too."
Ndoye, who is originally from the African nation of The Senegal, spent last year at Faith Baptist School in Fort Pierce, Fla., before transferring to Findlay Prep.
"Fallou is a real solid player and a guy that goes about his work the right way," Findlay Prep head coach Todd Simon told 247Sports.com. "A lot of teams go zone against us to limit his touches but we are still able to throw it to him offensively. He is able to get his spot on the floor because he is so strong."
Ndoye joins Little Rock, Ark. point guard I.J. Ready, and junior college forwards Travis Daniels and Quantel Denson in the MSU's 2013 recruiting class. It is the first recruiting class that Rick Ray has had time to put together since taking the job in Starkville on April 1, 2012.
All three of the previous recruits are expected to sign Wednesday on the first day of the start of the early signing period but MSU officials said Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum that Ndoye's paperwork may be delayed since they have to send the National Letter-of-Intent and scholarship papers to his mother leaving in Senegal.
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