Jun 10, 2013 11:54 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The start of summer classes at Louisiana has led to several roster changes for the Ragin' Cajuns basketball team, including the addition of Vieux Kande (Dakar, Senegal/Sagemont) to the scholarship ranks. Ragin' Cajuns head coach Bob Marlin made the announcement on Monday, the first day of summer classes at the University.
In addition, Marlin announced that sophomores Cornell Barnett (New Orleans, La./McDonogh 35) and Josh Soto (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Florida Air Academy) will not return to Louisiana for the 2013-14 season.
Kande, who will be a freshman with four seasons of eligibility, joins Kimani Jackson (Arlington, TX/Seguin) and Hayward Register (Lafayette, La./Comeaux), both of whom signed with the Cajuns during the early signing period in November, and Xavian Rimmer (Jackson, Miss./Pearl River JC) and J.J. Davenport (Lafayette, La./New Mexico JC), both of whom signed earlier this spring.
"Vieux is a player with a great upside because of his size, length and intensity," Marlin said. "He has only been playing basketball in the United State for two years, but in that time, he has shown very good development.
"He really loves to play the game. He runs the floor well and is an aggressive rebounder at both ends of the court. He has a seven-foot wing-span and plays with lots energy.
"His defense is ahead of his offense right now, which is the case with most foreign big-men. With some additional coaching and footwork, his offense will catch up with his defense at a quick rate," Marlin added.
A 6-8, 242-pound forward, Kande earned honorable mention All-Browhard County honors after averaging 9.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior at the Sagemont School in Weston, Fla.
Ranked as the no. 35 senior in state by Hoop Scoop, he helped Sagemont to a 23-6 record as a senior.
With the June 10 start of summer semester classes, most of the Cajuns basketball team will be in Lafayette to work out all summer. Under NCAA rules, the team is allowed two hours of individual instruction by the coaching staff each week. That time will be supplemented by daily strength and conditioning workouts and open gym.