Bearcats Add Mbodj to 2011-12 Recruiting Class

April 14, 2011

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball program signed Cheikh Mbodj (Dakar, Senegal/Grayson County (Texas) College) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2011-2012 season, head coach Mick Cronin announced today. Mbodj becomes the sixth player signed to join the Bearcats next season and will be the seventh newcomer on the 2011-12 squad.

"Cheikh is a great addition for us," said UC head coach Mick Cronin. "We lost three seniors on our front line and we needed to add a veteran player. Cheikh is a perfect fit. He is the nicest young man I've ever recruited as well as a gifted frontcourt player. We have developed a very close-knit basketball team and Cheikh will fit right in with his positive attitude."

Mbodj, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward, averaged a team-leading 14.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this past season for a Grayson team that finished 20-11. He was ranked 24th in the NJCAA Division I statistical rankings in blocks per game. Mbodj shot 50.8 percent from the floor (152 made field goals in 299 attempts) and 68.6 percent from the free throw line (140 made in 204 attempts). He also averaged 1.4 assists per game.

Mbodj achieved NJCAA All-America honorable mention status this past season. He was also named co-player of the year in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Association.

"Another thing that makes Cheikh so valuable is how fundamentally sound he is as a player. I credit that to his current coach, Pat Rafferty, who is one of the best teachers in college basketball. Cheikh has great hands and a soft touch. He has an 88-inch wingspan and stands almost 6-10 so he can really take up space and defend the paint as well."

Mbodj joins Jeremiah Davis (Muncie, Ind./Huntington Prep, W.Va.), Shaquille Thomas (Paterson, N.J./NIA Prep School), Jermaine Sanders (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice), Octavius Ellis (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven), and Ge'Lawn Guyn (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County) to become the sixth signee for the Bearcats. Adding redshirt freshman Kelvin Gaines brings the newcomer total to seven. Six Bearcats - Rashad Bishop, Larry Davis, Anthony McClain, Ibrahima Thomas, Eddie Tyree and Darnell Wilks - depart the team after their senior seasons. But UC will return its four top scorers - Yancy Gates, Dion Dixon, Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright - for the 2011-12 season.



Pronunciation - shek moodge

Please note spelling on last name: Cheikh Mbodj has clarified that his last name has been spelled incorrectly on the NJCAA and Grayson web site.