The Penn State basketball program used the football team’s homecoming game as a recruiting opportunity, hosting a trio of 2015 Phelps (Pa.) School prospects in guards Marcus Floyd and Abdou Diaw, in addition to big man Ganlandou Cisse.
Floyd is making noise as a very skilled 2015 point guard.
Starting with Floyd, the Philadelphia product has been starting since day one at Phelps, averaging around 15 points per game last season.
“He’s a very skilled point guard in his class, he’s still young so he’s young looking, but he’s a high talent,” said Phelps head coach Brian Shanahan. “Marcus is a lead guard, he’s going to run the team and run it well.”
Standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in around 150-pounds, the sophomore will again have the keys to his high school team’s offense.
“He’s got good handle with the basketball, he can score and get to the lane,” explained Shanahan. “Really quick, his handle and quickness with the ball in his hands are probably his best qualities, and the ability to penetrate the lane.
“I think he’s still young, immature, but possesses very good poise as a basketball player. We’re looking for him to fill out a bit this year.”
Another player along on the visit who needs to fill out is Cisse, the 6-foot-9, 190-pound import from Senegal who has only been in the United States for a couple of months.
“He’ll be a power forward in college, but for us he is going to be playing center just because of his height,” said Shanahan. “He’s an elite shot blocker, has good hands, can score in the paint but really he’s just an athlete playing basketball right now.”
An athlete he is, Cisse also plays soccer for his high school team and is the team’s leading scorer according to Shanahan, recently recording a hat trick over Neumann Goretti.
Cisse needs time to get accustomed to the style of play in the US.
“Getting out in space on the break and throwing down alley-oop dunks, he’s been fun to watch,” the third-year head coach said. “This year is a real transition to the American game, he’s got to fill out and mature as well, he just turned 16 in September, so he’s not used to the physicality yet.”
Completing the visit is another Senegalese import in Diaw, whose physical makeup and game are polar opposite from his fellow countryman. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound combo guard, Shanahan called the sophomore a ‘freak athlete.’
“Abdou is strong, quick, really physical and able to score in transition. Right now he shoots it pretty good, but when he gets out on the break he can really finish above the rim.”