Men's Basketball


  • position Forward
  • height 6-8
  • Weight 222
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Pittsburgh

2023-24 (SOPHOMORE)
Played in 25 games, while making 19 starts … Was second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, also scoring 7.2 points per game … Had the second most blocked shots on the roster with 27, including four games with three or more blocks … Scored in double figures five times and led team in rebounding in eight games … Voted to the College Sports Today “Glue Guy” roster …  Seven points, five rebounds and three blocks in SEC Tournament against Texas A&M … Registered 12 points vs. No. 13 Alabama … Played a career-high 33 minutes in road win at Auburn, scoring 14 points and adding eight rebounds … Stuffed the stat sheet at LSU, tying a career-high with four blocks, adding nine boards, eight points, two assists and two steals … Scored 15 points, snared five boards and tallied three blocks vs. Gonzaga … Missed seven consecutive contests with injury from Dec. 29 – Jan. 23 … Had seven points and a career-high four blocks in the upset of North Carolina … Charted nine points, six boards and three assists vs. Miami … Career-high three thefts vs. Saint Joseph’s … Posted first career double-double vs. No. 1 Kansas setting career highs in both points (16) and rebounds (13).

2022-23 (FRESHMAN)
Saw action in 20 games in his first collegiate season … Averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 9.5 minutes per outing … Led the team in steals in four games and paced the squad in blocks three times … Scored a season-high seven points, hauled in five boards, added a pair of assists and a steal in the road win at Arkansas … Hit a 3-pointer in the home win over Auburn … Scored four points and pulled down four boards in eight minutes at Mississippi State … Tallied four points and induced two steals in the upset win at Tennessee … Scored five points and had three boards at Missouri … Tallied five points and a pair of blocks against North Florida … Had six points in the win over South Carolina State … Had four points and five rebounds in his collegiate debut against Howard.

A combo guard … Averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 3.9 steals and 2.3 blocks per game and directed Quaker Valley to a 27-1 record and a 14-0 mark in league play … Scored 18 points in the 2022 PIAA Boys’ Basketball Championships in the team’s only loss of the season against Neumann-Goretti … Finished his career with 1,624 career points which ranked as the third most in team history … Named the 4A Player of the Year, the WPIAL Player of the Year and the 2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year … Had a 44-point performance against Hopewell which snapped the school’s single-game scoring record … Also scored 40 points against Highlands in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Showcase … Had 21 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in a state tournament second-round victory against Belle Vernon … Logged 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven swats in the WPIAL Class 4A championship … Led Quaker Valley in scoring as a sophomore with 17.7 points per game … As a junior, he tallied 21.8 points per game while also averaging team-highs in assists (5.1), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.2) … Also competed in soccer and lacrosse … Worked with the Gear Up Ségou community service project.

Born May 8 in Utah … Parents are Mariam Sy and Almamy Thiero … Has three siblings, Oumou, Yassa, Nudiya … Major is communication … Away from the court he enjoys playing video games … Chose No. 3 because it was the same number his father wore … Most prized possession is his shoe collection … Favorite food is chicken and shrimp alfredo … Favorite TV show is Power … Chose Kentucky over Xavier, Duquesne, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Maryland.

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