South Dakota head men's basketball coach Todd Lee is pleased to announce that Khalifa Koulamallah, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard from Gatineau, Quebec, has signed a national letter of intent to compete for the Coyotes.
Koulamallah averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in leading Vanier College and coach Andrew Hertzog to an undefeated 2018-19 season in the RSEQ league, a collection of colleges in Quebec. He shot better than 43 percent from beyond the arc and averaged nearly three 3-pointers per game. He also averaged a block and a steal.
"We are really excited to add Khalifa to our program," said Lee. "He is a high-level shooter with good size on the wing who impacts the game with his defense, rebounding and shot blocking. He comes from a championship program at Vanier College and played an integral role on last year's undefeated team. Khalifa's best basketball is ahead of him, and he will be an impactful player for the Coyotes."
Koulamallah competed for coach Shane James on Canada Elite in the summer of 2019. He shot 48 percent from 3-point range and averaged five made 3's per game at the UAA Finals in Atlanta, Georgia.
Koulamallah intends to study business and pursue an MBA at University of South Dakota.
Nothing about how old he is and what year he will be in school.
So I did a little "research" and I believe he is a regular 4-for-5 type student, just from Canada. He posted a tweet from this summer where he was in a "17U" tournament. So I think he will be basically the same age as a 2020 HS recruit. but the level of play is higher than HS.
The strange thing here is the education system in Quebec, Canada. It's different than the rest of Canada. So in Quebec kids graduate from "secondary school" (middle and high school) after 11th grade. Then if they want to go to "University" in Quebec, they have to attend a 2-year "post-secondary" school first. They call them colleges, but it seems like they function more like a post-secondary "prep school" here, or a junior college or technical college. Some are public, some private. Their Universities (after college) are then 3-year undergrad degrees instead of four.
So I think Lee really likes recruiting dudes that are a year or two older than traditional high school students. You can do that in multiple ways. Cody Kelly attended one year of prep school in Florida prior to playing at Wyoming. Some of the international players have had experience playing on junior national teams, and are a little older. Think of it as a loophole to get older and more experienced players. I could be wrong, though.
Actually, I think you might be onto something. Coach Lee has stated that in order for a team to be good at the mid major level they have to be old. That has certainly been proven in past NCAA tournaments by teams that have pulled big upsets or made unexpected runs.
The mention of pursuing an MBA had me confused on how old he is.
I wonder if some of his studies in Canada would transfer over for credit here, despite the fact that he is basically high school age? If that were the case, he could get the undergrad degree faster here, and start his MBA before running out of eligibility. Maybe that's the plan.
Only so many scholarships and roster spots, I suppose. I haven't looked closely at his stats, but I doubt they are outstanding. Anyone else think that it is silly to award the women 15 and the men only 13? Allowing 15 for the men's teams might put a slight dent in the huge transfer market, I think. Maybe not.
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