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2019 Recruiting: Oumar Ballo sets official visit date with Gonzaga

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Baby Shaq will be here Feb. 19-22.

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Oumar Ballo, one of the top remaining international prospects in the class of 2019, has scheduled his official visit with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and will be in Spokane Feb. 19-22.

Ballo is a 6’10 center from Mali nicknamed Baby Shaq. While playing for the u-17 Mali squad, he averaged a mammoth 20.6 points and 16.9 rebounds per game. Ballo is also considering Arizona and Baylor, and has not announced a planned decision date yet.

Many of the national recruiting heads put Gonzaga as the front-runner to retain Ballo’s commitment, understandable considering the program’s success with international prospects, one can argue Gonzaga does it better than any college in the country. Already this year, the Zags have players from France (Killian Tillie, Joel Ayayi), Serbia (Filip Petrusev), and Japan (Rui Hachimura). Next year, the Zags will add Lithuania (Martynas Arlauskas) and Russia (Pavel Zakharov).

The Gonzaga frontcourt will most likely take a huge hit this coming offseason. Barring the NBA vanishing off the face of the planet, it is safe to assume Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke will enter the NBA Draft. Killian Tillie also might depart early, depending on how the rest of his year progresses.

The 2019 class already features talent in Zakharov, who will be joined by Drew Timme and Anton Watson. The only real remaining member of the frontcourt from this year’s squad might be Petrusev. The Zags can offer Ballo plenty of minutes and allow him the time to adjust to the college level.

Recruiting services don’t rank international players until after they commit, but major outlets like 247Sports say Ballo will be a five-star prospect.