News13 Sports (WBTW) – Coastal Carolina lost a key player to the Big Ten for the 2012-13 season but will get back in return in time for the 2014-15 season.
Illinois forward Ibby Djimde tells News13 Sports Director Jeff Zell that he will transfer to CCU this fall. Djimde, 6-8, 245 pound forward from Bamako, Mali, will use his redshirt season to sit out the upcoming season due to transfer rules. He will still have two years of eligibility.
Former Coastal Carolina center Sam McLaurin, who transferred to Illinois, played a role in bringing Djimde to the Conway campus. McLaurin thought Djimde's international background would mesh well with four others with foreign backgrounds.
“I am excited. I talked to Sam (McLaurin) and (assistant coach)Mamadou (N'Diaye) and I liked it,” Djimde said by phone on Monday night.
Djimde played in just 17 games this past season at Illinois, averaging 3.6 minutes per game. In two seasons in Champaign (IL), he scored just seven points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
“I did not play a lot so I wanted to (make a) change,” Djimde said.
Coastal Carolina assistant coach Mamdou N'Diaye is from Senegal and has played a large role in bringing a foreign flare to the Chanticleers men's basketball team.
Djimde also said his host family from his time playing at Huntington Preparatory School (WV),has a house in Myrtle Beach and that made it an easier decision.
The University of San Francisco and Longwood were also in the mix.
Djimde is the second division I recruit to transfer to Coastal Carolina this summer. South Carolina's Eric Smith is expected to graduate this summer and will be able to play at Coastal Carolina as he pursues a post graduate degree.