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    Djimde Signs with Illini
    Ibrahima Djimde has signed with the Fighting Illini (photo by Mark Webb, The Herald-Dispatch).

    Ibrahima Djimde has signed with the Fighting Illini (photo by Mark Webb, The Herald-Dispatch).

    May 9, 2011

    Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Bruce Weber announced Monday the signing of Ibrahima Djimde (pronounced EE-bruh-hee-muh JIM-day) to a national letter of intent.

    Djimde, known as "Ibby," is a 6-9, 250-pound power forward from Mali, Africa. He currently attends Huntington Prep Academy in Huntington, W. Va., under the direction of head coach Rob Fulford. Djimde averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as a senior for a talented Hunting Prep squad that compiled a 25-3 record against a national schedule. Djimde scored a season-high 25 points against Kestrel Heights (N.C.).

    "We are excited to add Ibby to this recruiting class," Weber said. "We were looking to sign a physical frontcourt player who can rebound, defend and run and Ibby does all those things well. He has sacrificed by leaving his family in Mali and coming to the United States for the educational and basketball opportunities. He is a determined young man and you can see that right away when he is on the court. He plays hard every play of every game, regardless of the score or competition. We feel he has tremendous potential because of his great attitude and desire to be successful."

    Djimde's signing brings the total to seven new players on the 2011-12 roster for the Illini. He joins guard Tracy Abrams (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel High School), center Nnanna Egwu (Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep), guard/forward Mycheal Henry (Chicago, Ill./Orr Academy), forward Mike Shaw (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle Institute), guard/forward Devin Langford (Huntsville, Ala./Lee High School) and guard Sam Maniscalco (Chicago, Ill./Bradley University).

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