MANALAPAN, N.J. – There is nothing like familiarity on the court. Last weekend at Elevate Hoops’ Icebreaker II, twins from West African nation of Mali proved great things come in pairs.
Meet Hassan and Fousseyni Drame, who came to the United States last year and are prepping at powerhouse independent school Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.). At first glance, the twins share the love of the game, but each one presents a different skill set on the court.
First, they are 6-foot-5 athletic wings, both have 7-foot wingspans while still learning the game as a rising juniors (Class of 2019). They hope to attend the same college are projected as mid to high major prospects.
Hassan is a better shooter and after 17 months in the weight room, he’s stronger. His rebounding, passing and dribble drive is improving daily.
Fousseyni is offense-oriented too but is more of a slasher. He’ll attack the rim and finish in heavy traffic. His handle is very good and he makes good decisions went the pressure is ratcheted up.
“Both of them are superior athletes; their best days are ahead and they have not even scratched the surface of potential,” OSNA assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch said.
The Drames were just two of more than a thousand players competing at Sportika for Born Ready Elite 17-Under of Brooklyn before more than 120 schools at the three-day event that concluded on Sunday afternoon.
There’s more with two weeks left in the NCAA live summer evaluation period.
The action shifts to Philadelphia University this week for the next round of business as the summer live period is quickly coming to a close. Elevate Hoops will take over the Gallagher Center on Friday for three days of the Summer Showdown.