Yesterday, Writing Illini took a look at Tracy Abrams, the first member of the 2011 class to sign with Illinois, as part of its Week of Recruits series. Today we continue the series by taking a look at the last member of the class to sign with the Illini, Ibrahima “Ibby” Djimde. Here is an early look at the incoming freshman.
Name: Ibrahima Djimde
Weight: 235 lbs
High School: Huntington Prep, Huntington, WV
Player Position Rank: ESPN: 53 Rivals: Not Ranked Scout: Not Ranked
Player Overall Rank: ESPN: Not Ranked Rivals: Not Ranked Scout: Not Ranked
Other Schools of Interest: Indiana, Old Dominion, UCF
Strengths: Djimde may not have been the most highly touted recruit, but Bruce Weber did not offer him a scholarship simply because a spot opened up on the roster with Jereme Richmond’s departure. Djimde is a tough, physical post player who is skilled at boxing out and crashing the boards. He has also impressed scouts with his hook shot. What may be most appealing is his potential upside. Djimde, who was born in Mali, a country in Africa, did not start playing basketball until high school.
Areas for Improvement: Although the potential for improvement is an upside for the future, it is also a detriment. Djimde is still learning all the aspects of the game. He needs to work on his feet and work on avoiding fouling players driving to the basket.
Early Thoughts: Djimde is a player who could play as a center or as a power forward at the college level. He brings added toughness to the post position that Illinois has lacked the past few seasons. With Meyers Leonard and Nnanna Egwu likely ahead of him on the depth chart, Djimde likely will redshirt the 2011 season. However, He has the potential to make a big impact down the road if he works hard and stays focused.