Western Kentucky Basketball: PF Alassane Kah Picks the Hilltoppers

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2012

Alassane Kah, a 6'10" power forward from Fishburne Military Academy, committed to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Tuesday night, according to Corey Albertson of Rivals.com.

Kah, a native of Senegal, moved to the United States in 2009. Like most kids in Africa, Kah grew up playing soccer and learned about basketball from watching games on television. Kah will be attending Fishburne for postgraduate school; he attended Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio last year.

"I had a bond with the team and coaches." Kah told Jordan Wells of InsideHilltopperSports.com about his commitment to WKU. "The people around there are so nice. It's the right fit."

Kah chose WKU over Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Bowling Green, and Delaware. The head coach at Fishburne, Ed Huckaby, said Kah really enjoyed WKU's environment and coach Ray Harper.

Last year, Kah helped Walnut Ridge to a 21-2 record and was named to the Columbus All-City basketball team.

"Kah has major athleticism," Huckaby said. "He is an explosive athlete around the rim. He is long, athletic, and does a good job finding the ball off the glass. He gets his hands on a lot of balls and plays with high energy."

Huckaby added, "Offensively, he is a very good shooter with range to arc. He does a good job using his length and quickness to attack the rim. His ballhandling ability is good for a big man and he has good hands and feet, because of his time playing soccer. He has a good base and the learning curve to develop a solid all-around game."

Kah is Western Kentucky's first commit for the 2013 class. Coach Ray Harper is recruiting several prospects from around the state of Kentucky including Trinity High School guard Darryl Hicks and Ballard High School guard Lavonne Holland.

 

Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

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