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Four-star power forward reportedly down to two schools


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After taking trips to St. John’s and Oregon over the last week, one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2016 has decided to not take any more visits.

According to a report from Adam Zagoria of, 6-foot-8 forward Kassoum Yakwe will not be taking any more visits with the Red Storm and Ducks being the two schools in the running for his commitment. Yakwe, who attended Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, visited St. John’s last weekend and just wrapped up an official visit to Oregon.

Also of note in the report is that there’s still the question as to where Yakwe, who graduated from OSNA, will play next season (prep school or reclassifying into 2015).

Both St. John’s and Oregon are in a position where they’ll need another front court body for the future. Oregon, which is currently two scholarships below the limit in 2015, has two seniors in its front court rotation in Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin with junior college transfer Chris Boucher ready to go after arriving on campus earlier this week.

As for St. John’s, they’re also two scholarships below the limit for the upcoming season. The Red Storm don’t have any scholarship seniors in their front court rotation, but Yakwe is seen (along with guard Shamorie Ponds) as a key recruit for Chris Mullin and his staff as they look to strengthen local recruiting ties that weakened in recent years.