THE FLATS – Ibrahima Sacko, a 6-6 small forward from Guinea considered one of the top three prep prospects in Canada, has signed a grant-in-aid to join the Georgia Tech program, head coach Damon Stoudamire announced.
The 222-pound Sacko, who enrolled at the J. Addison School in Markham, Ontario in 2022, is rated one of the three best prospects to come out of Canada in the 2023 class by recruiting analyst Josh Millican, and the top player last year in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association. He chose Tech over BYU, Oregon and Xavier.
“The biggest thing Ibrahima brings is elite defense,” said Stoudamire. “He has a chance to be one of the best defenders in the country with his size and strength. The way he can defend on or off the ball is something I haven’t seen in someone his age, and he will make an impact on that end from day one. Offensively, he’s a downhill driver who can finish at the rim, but with time he has the potential to score at all three levels.”
Athletic and physical with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Sacko earned first-team all-star honors and was named the defensive player of the year in 2022-23 in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association for coach Juevol Myles, leading the Jaguars to the league’s post-season semifinals. He averaged 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals during the 2022-23 season. He also led J. Addison to the championship of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, where he averaged 16.5 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Following the season, he was invited to play in the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., but did not compete because of injury.
Sacko is the second high school prospect from the 2023 class to sign with Tech, joining 6-9 strong forward Baye Ndongo from the Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy. They join a transfer class rated the 17th-best in the nation by 247Sports, and four scholarship returnees who will make up Stoudamire’s first Yellow Jacket team in 2023-24.
Sacko was named a first-team all-star and defensive player of the year in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association in 2023.
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