Since football isn’t a lot of fun to talk about, I thought it might be time to start looking ahead to the basketball team. And since there are a lot of new players on this season’s team, why not learn a little bit about them?
I’m going to try to do as many as I can between now and the official opener on the 11th against Norfolk State. And with their being 10 new players, I might not get them all covered before the season starts, so I’ll carry it over to after the season begins if I don’t.
These are all in alphabetical order, so Abdul Ado is up first.
We’re not 100% sure if Abdul Ado is going to contribute for the Mississippi St. Bulldogs Men’s basketball team because he hasn’t been cleared yet, but the university is treating him like he will be a part of the team. And the Bulldogs could certainly use him.
The Bulldogs lacked any real low post threat in the 2015-16 season outside Gavin Ware, and Abdul Ado would certainly provide one. He’s a 6’11” Center out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN. According to 247 Sports, Ado was the 115th player overall in the 2016 class and the 15th highest rated center in the class. He was a 4 star composite prospect
Ado has lots of potential, and potential will be the key word with the talented center. Ado didn’t arrive in Chattanooga until late in his high school career, which is part of the hold up on getting him cleared. He was in his native country of Nigeria up until his junior year in high school.
Once the Bulldogs can get his academics from Nigeria cleared up, Ado should be able to contribute immediately on the defensive end of the court. He was a great shot blocker and rebounder, but never averaged more than 10 points a game in either years at Hamilton Heights.
Ado is a bit of a project player. He needs refining, but he is good enough defensively he should still be able to provide some contributions defensively. It’ll be fun to watch him grow into the player he can be.