Nov. 14, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
CLEVELAND, Ohio - With the success of four postseason appearances over the last five seasons and an average of 23 wins over the last five years, the Cleveland State men's basketball program scored another big win on Wednesday (Nov. 14) when head coach Gary Waters announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend CSU and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2013.
Signing with Cleveland State are Ismaila Dauda (Kano, Nigeria), and Demonte Flannigan (Richmond Heights, Ohio).
"With this recruiting class, we have met our team and individual needs," Waters said. "Both of these signees are tailor-made for the Cleveland State system and we believe they can help us during their first year in the program."
Dauda is a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center who will provide an immediate inside presence for the Vikings. He is in his second season at Polk State, helping the squad to a 2-1 record this season as one of the top rebounders in the nation, averaging 14.0 per game.
He tallied a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds in Polk's second win this season, coming on the heels of a 13 rebound effort in the season opener.
Last year, Dauda earned Second Team All-Conference honors after averaging 8.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks despite missing several games with an injury. He shot 46-percent from the field and earned Player of the Week honors on Dec. 4.
Dauda was a first team All-Florida selection in 2011 at Grandview Preparatory School and was the Jordan Classic International Game MVP in 2009. He was also a Palm Beach First Team selection in 2010-11. Dauda was the Saint Andrew Tournament MVP in 2010 and 2011.
"Ismaila is long overdue for us," Waters said. "He is the true center that we have been looking for since the loss of Aaron Pogue. Ismaila has the ability to score on the low block, rebound the basketball and has shown tremendous defensive prowess. We are excited about his signing and believe that he is one of the missing pieces for us to have continued success in the future."
Flannigan, who has been a three-time first team All-State selection at Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S., is the next in a long line of top Cleveland area high school players to stay home and play for Waters.
A 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, Flannigan averaged 16.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior, helping VASJ to the district finals. He averaged 17.0 points and 11.3 rebounds as a sophomore and 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds as a freshman.
Flannigan is ranked the 12th-best prospect in Ohio and is a three-star recruit by Scout.com.
"With the loss of Tim (Kamczyc) at the four at the end of the season, Demonte has the ability to come in and help offset that loss," Waters said. "Demonte is a very skilled forward and we are excited about everything that he will bring to the program. He is extremely athletic, can score from the inside as well as the outside and is an outstanding rebounder.
"Our entire coaching staff did an outstanding job in recruiting these two young men," Waters said. "The quality that they will bring on the floor and in the classroom represent what Cleveland State basketball is all about."
CSU, which is 2-1 on the young season, returns to action on Saturday (Nov. 17) when the Vikings host Old Dominion at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.
Season, mini-plan and individual game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848 or by visiting CSUHoops.com.