Minnesota's interest with 'AD' Gueye still strong; 7-foot center could join on visit to Minnesota
October 21, 2013 — 4:36pm
The Gophers have been recruiting Alabama big man Abdoulaye ‘AD’ Gueye for some time. But lately, there hasn’t been a whole lot of buzz surrounding the 6-9 forward, or any news of a Minnesota official scheduled.
It’s not because of a lack of interest on either side, Gueye’s high school coach, Donovan Broadnax said. Minnesota assistant Dan McHale still calls Gueye about twice a week.
Rather, it’s that the big man hasn’t taken his SAT yet, and will not schedule any officials until after that.
Gueye, a Senegal native, is expected to take the SAT on Nov. 2.
Broadnax, who coaches at Central Park High School in Birmingham, said the main players right now are University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn (both of which he has visited unofficially), Minnesota and Memphis. Gueye plans to visit all of them, and could consider a visit to Mississippi State if the Bulldogs offer.
Mississippi State has been involved in recruiting Gueye for some time, but have yet to extend a scholarship offer.
Of course, with the visits starting so late, Gueye will certainly be a late-signing period recruit, but with Minnesota having just one 2014 recruit, there should be plenty of spots.
Broadnax said that a former Central Park player, center Fred Iduwe – who is now attending prep school at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin – has drawn some recent Minnesota interest as well, and could visit at the same time as Gueye. The Nigerian native is basically an unknown – he decided to attend prep school this season rather than be part of the 2013 class – but the center is a legitimate 7-footer, and could, along with AD, bring some of the size that Minnesota so greatly needs.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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