Unsigned Senior Spotlight - Bismark Nsiah
Bismark Nsiah is a 6-foot-7 forward from the Bronx who holds a variety of scholarship offers but is nonetheless still under-the-radar.
He was widely expected to make a commitment towards the end of the high school season, and when that didn't happen, he had a variety of visits and college workouts that were scheduled, but ultimately cancalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, while he still has offers on the table, he remains open in his recruitment with the goal of getting to collge next season.
School: Lehman HS (Bronx, NY)
I’m a calm and collected person. I make sure to surround myself with nothing but positive vibes. On the court I’m a very selfless player. I like to get everyone on my team involved in the game. I believe my strengths are attacking the basket and dishing to the open man. I love to play defense because I believe defense wins games. I’m a good shot blocker and like to guard on and off the ball. On offense and defense, I’m able to see what other people don’t so I can fill in different positions and different lanes. I always bring energy for my teammates. I’m in the gym 24/7 always trying to get better at every aspect of my game.
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats: 16ppg, 11rpg, 5aspg, 5bpg, & 3spg
Academics: Qualifier with a 1100 SAT score
"Bismark has a truly unique blend of athleticism, versatility, and unselfishness. He’s 6’7”, plays well above the rim, and can play with anyone. Offensively, he’s a mismatch. He’s able to break slower players down off the dribble and take advantage of his size, length, and athleticism inside against smaller players inside. He’s an exceptional passer and playmaker for others, especially when pushing the ball after defensive rebounds. Bismark played point guard for stretches for both our team and his high school team, using his height to find passing angles. He’s still developing as a shooter but has good touch and an excellent work ethic. Defensively, Bismark in an elite rim protector both on the ball or coming from the weak side. He’s able to switch all 5 positions, using his length, athleticism, and instincts to cause turnovers. He was tremendously disruptive at both the front and back line of our press. In addition to being an exceptional basketball player, Bismark is an even more exceptional person. He values the success of others as much he values his own. Each conversation we have starts with him asking about the well-being and recruitment of his teammates. Bismark loves the game of basketball more than anything and is always playing or working on his game. College will be the first time he has consistent access to a gym, and I have no doubt he will take full advantage. I believe Bismark would be a tremendous addition to any D2 program, particularly those that value versatility."
- Yonah Greenstein, Head Coach, Riverside Impact
"Bismark Nsiah was a three-year varisty starter at Lehman HS who was diligent in his quest in becoming a better all-around player. He was one of our team leaders as a 2-year captain and led us to an undefeated regular season as a junior. He has added guard skills to his 6’7” frame and served as our primary ball handler for long stretches this year, making plays for others while leading our team in assists. He is a great shot-blocker and team defender. His shooting out to the 3pt line is much improved. One of his best attributes is that he consistently wants to get better and that will help him at the next level. He is a great teammate who always puts the team first."
- Francisco River, Head Coach, Lehman High School
Nsiah is a long-and athletic player with a great body type and clear physical upside. He's not just strong with good bounce but also equally coordinated and fluid. He can fill lanes, finish emphatically above the rim, and also possesses the tools that should enable him to be a very versatile defender at the next level. Offensively, his ability to handle the ball is rare for a player with his size and physical gifts. He can start the break himself, attack less mobile bigs off the bounce, and even make a change-of-direction play with the ball in his hands. He's also unselfish and has shown impressive passing potential and a willingness to share the ball.