Unsigned Senior Spotlight - Mohamed Sanogo
Over the years, there have been late-blooming big men hiding in the MIAA. From Wildens Levesque to Dimon Carrigan, these guys were already dominant at their respective levels and yet just scratching the surface of their long-term potential.
Taconic High School senior Mohamed Sanogo could also be cut from that same cloth.
"Junior" as those close to him know him by is a 6-foot-9 big man who was a dominant defender in the MIAA who led Taconic to a share of the D2 championship in what would have been their third straight state finals, before the tournament was cancelled because of the coronavirus.
Now, he's an unsiged senior who has interest from a few Patriot League programs but strongly considering the prep route, where he's likely to explode as a member of the 2021 class.
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats: 14pts, 15rebs, & 4blks
Academics: 90.1 GPA & 980 SAT
"I am a honor-roll student. Basketball is my passion and I would like to attend a school that has good academics. From a basketball perspective, I pride myself on being able to defend four positions. I want coaches to know that I can run the floor, hit the high post and short corner jump-shot and make defense my top priority."
"If a college is looking for a long, athletic PF that is a great defender, can be a rim protector, run the floor, set great screens and finish, then Junior is up for it. I don't think many people knew who he was because he played for Taconic, a very small high school, but when he came down to play in the BABC Winter Tournament during the season, he turned many heads. He also killed last season on the hoop group circuit, leading his team to a championship win and a final four presence in July. He's a great kid and an honor roll student. "
- Isaiah Davis, Owner, Team New England
"Mohamed is a high-level athlete with unique gifts. He's an extremely exceptional shot blocker. He gets off the floor fast initially, has a quick 2nd jump, moves very well laterally & closes out w/the agility of a small guard. He also finishes well w/both hands & above the rim. In addition, he shoots a high percentage on his mid-range jumper, with a lot of lift...He's a 'salt of the earth' type of kid. Very coachable, team oriented, and an honor roll student."
- Doug Alves, Head Coach, TNE 17's & Bridgewater-Raynham High School
Sanogo is a physically gifted and still raw big man who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He has been a dominant defender thus far and has the tools to continue to be both an elite rim protector and rebounder as he adjusts to higher levels of competition. He's mobile for his size and changes ends well. Offensively, he's a work in progress, but he shows flashes that are very intriguing. His most obvious upside is as a vertical space in pick-and-roll but that may just be the tip of the iceberg long-term as his touch and hands are both relatively soft.
Who is the most gifted under-the-radar big man in New England?— NERR (@NERRHoops) April 15, 2020
It’s very likely Mohamed Sanogo.
It won’t stay that way if he goes to prep school ������
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