Arizona's 2022 Class of prospects is special and quickly gaining momentum as one of those very memorable classes of prospects that will change the game. One member of the class who is also gaining serious momentum and attention is Bella Vista Prep's promising 6-foot-11 rising junior post Youssouf Singare. Singare is an elite prospect in the class that most college coaches, scouts and media have still not seen, and is still flying under the recruiting radar, but, over time, will be one can't miss prospect that everyone will soon know about very well.
I caught my first glimpse of Singare last season at Bella Vista Prep, and was immediately scouring my team roster sheet in amazement to see that this young man was a mere sophomore last season. A large prospect with excellent length of body, and huge hands and feet, Singare immediately jumped off the roster page and into my evaluation, as he is a very rare find anywhere. Very rarely do you see a young man with so much promise and potential for the future, combined with unlimited amounts of upside.
In less than a year's time, Singare has quickly developed into a definite high-major Division-I talent for the future. At the rapid rate that he has developed, there are not many larger post prospects in America, especially this young (2022 Class), that have his size, length and athleticism. His best asset is his defensive prowess that absolutely changes the flow of the game. He blocks and changes shots at a very high level, and is a nightmare defensively for opposing post players to try to score on effectively around the paint, as he forces offensive players into taking forced or bad shots, in an attempt to get shots up before he can alter or block them.
Singare's tremendous development and improvement have not come by accident, as he has worked hard and diligently with Bella Vista Prep Head Coach Mack "Coach Mack" McGadney and other post players, such as Amadou Mbodji. McGadney, a former standout college performer himself at Auburn, where he helped lead the program in 1998-99 to a regular season SEC Conference Championship, is an excellent leader and developer of talent. His close relationship with Singare is making a huge difference in the young man's life and playing career.
Singare is currently rated by our Arizona Preps' staff as one of the elite overall prospects in Arizona's very strong 2022 Class, but the class is absolutely loaded, including such national prospects as AZ Compass Prep 6-foot-10 junior Sadraque Nganga and Perry HS 6-foot-11 junior Dylan Anderson. Other gifted members of the class that will soon make national noise also include Desert Vista's Desean Lecque, AZ Compass Prep's Adrame Diongue, Bella Vista Prep's Cameron Harris, St. Mary's Garrison Phelps, St. Mary's Jeremiah "Bear" Cherry, St. Mary's Foune Doucoure, AZ Compass Prep's Nate Pickens, Brophy Prep's Patrick Chew, AZ Compass Prep's Mekhi Mason and Mesquite's Nathan Calmese.
Currently, I do not believe that Singare has a Division-I scholarship offer to his credit, which is another huge mystery, and proves again that, while many elite Arizona basketball prospects are receiving loads of college recruitment in the state, the overall recruitment of Arizona athletes still has a long way to go.
Singare is a current elite high-major division-I prospect, and he has developed into that quickly over the last (6) months. There really is no telling how much he will develop in high school competition over the next two years. Almost scary to think about it. Last month, while playing several games in the Pangos Best of Arizona League, Singare absolutely dominated in each game I saw him play in. Unfortunately, He only played in a few games, and now, honestly, I cannot wait to see him play again. Watching top-rated prospects compete against high-level competition is what us scouts, media and, of course, college coaches live for, and, as a result of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, it has stalled the opportunity to see a prospect like Singare go up against the nation's best post prospects. Had we had a Spring Evaluation Period, by now Singare would have attracted numerous high-major offers for himself, but, as a result, he has no offers.
If the NCAA Summer Evaluation Period picks up in late August and early September, as proposed, this is another elite-level prospect that college coaches, scouts and media need to mark on their game schedules, as he is worthy of a Top 30 national ranking in the class. He is that good.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: In less than a year's time, Singare has quickly developed into a definite high-major Division-I talent for the future. At the rapid rate that he has developed, there are not many larger post prospects in America, especially this young (2022 Class), that have his size, length and athleticism. His best asset is his defensive prowess that absolutely changes the flow of the game. He blocks and changes shots at a very high level, and is a nightmare defensively for opposing post players to try to score on effectively around the paint, as he forces offensive players into taking forced or bad shots, in an attempt to get shots up before he can alter or block them. He is still a work in progress offensively, but he has a nice, developing offensive skillset that allows him to use some nice footwork that he has developed to score effectively around the paint and in the low post. He has a nice mid-range shot also that has improved, and a soft overall touch from the perimeter that is improving as well. He is capable of stepping outside and bringing his defender with him, as his perimeter shooting has become respectable. Runs the floor hard and like a guard, and is a strong finisher in the open floor. Uses his extreme length and big hands to attack the rim and finish strong over defenders. Gets to the free-throw line quite often as a result. A good passer out of the low post and sees the floor. Well coached in his approach and becoming fundamentally sound quickly. A prospect with unlimited upside for the future that has amazing potential over time. A future pro prospect.