Riverdale, NY (May 20, 2005)- Franck Traore (203-F/C) (Koudougou, Burkina-Faso/South Kent Prep/Eastfield CC) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Manhattan College beginning in the 2005-06 academic year, it was announced today by sixth-year head coach Bobby Gonzalez.
“Franck is a big, wide body who will give us size, strength, and experience in the low post,” commented Gonzalez. “He will add depth at the back line for us, and, as an older, more physically mature player, he can make a key impact as part of our recruiting class.”
Traore, a 6-8, 260 pound forward, averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game for Eastfield last season, helping lead the Harvesters to an 18-5 record. Before attending South Kent Prep, he was named to the All-Star team at the NCA Africa 100 camp in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Traore joins Devon Austin (White Plains, NY/White Plains), who committed to the Jaspers in the fall as part of the Jaspers' recruiting class.
Manhattan posted a 15-14 record in 2004-05, 9-9 in MAAC play, and advanced to the second round of the MAAC Tournament.