Introducing Yussif Basa-Ama…

Yussif Basa-Ama (2020 prospect),  the 6’10 220 pound power forward/center out of St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, recently picked up a scholarship offer from Coach Bob Huggins and West Virginia University.  A native of Ghana,  he only started playing basketball when he was 15 but has really picked it up quickly and continues to improve day by day.  His   He currently holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Loyala Marymount, Oklahoma, South Florida and now West Virginia.  He averaged 16.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while leading his team to a 25-5 overall record as a Junior this past season.

According to his interview with Palm Beach Post, Yussif is “looking for a program that’s going to allow me to do my best and a coach that’s going to prepare me for the next stage.  Being able to be around a coach who is not just going to play a big guy just for pick-and-rolls, but is going to be able to get the ball in your hands and let you take one or two dribbles to the basket and take shots, I believe that’s very key.”

Basa-Ama recently competed at the HoopSeen Jam in Atlanta, Georgia, a game filled with talented high school seniors, and he was one of the best performers according to HoopSeen’s Justin Byerly:  “The big man had coaches from all over the country in for him everyday this weekend. Basa-Ama has a high motor, skilled in the post and changes shot selection for the opposing team. Effort is an intangible that cannot be taught and Basa-Ama gave it his all every game. Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger and staff were three deep for one of his games and USF Head Coach Brian Gregory also watched.”

Basa-Ama’s high motor, defensive prowess, athleticism and intelligence would be a perfect fit on Bob Huggins’ team in the coming years.  He will be on campus “soon” and it can be expected that he will fall in love with Morgantown and West Virginia like almost everyone does that visits.