After two straight seasons of losing basketball at Division-II College of St. Rose, in Albany, New York, former South Shore forward Sekou Sylla decided to transfer out of the upstate New York School.
The Canarsie, Brooklyn, native said he wants nothing more than to win while continuing to develop his game.
“It’s mostly because we weren’t winning, and I want to play for a champion,” said Sylla, who won the Brooklyn Borough and PSAL Championships with South Shore during the 2017-18 campaign. “I didn’t start thinking about leaving until the end of the season. If we were winning more games, it wouldn’t be a problem.”
Sylla said he’s in the process of fielding multiple offers, which include Division II Flagler College (St. Augustine, Florida), St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, New York), Southern New Hampshire, Florida Southern, West Liberty (West Liberty, West Virginia) and Minnesota State University Moorehead.
Plus, D-1 schools Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of San Francisco.
Sylla said he did his part on the hardwood, averaging team-highs with 21.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in 28 contests.
Notwithstanding leaving the college, the six-foot-four, 195-pounder said he’s grateful to the Golden Knights hoops program for allowing him to improve his game.
“I was able to develop,” he said. “I had access to the gym whenever I wanted to practice, at all types of hours. And I matured physically and mentally (at the school).”
While Sylla said he’s running and performing all sorts of calisthenics to keep in shape until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the interest and offers are still coming in. But he hopes to make a choice soon enough, with the idea of winning first and foremost.
“I’m planning on making a decision in two weeks, just to give me one thing that’s certain,” said Sylla, who plans on continuing to study sports management wherever he attends school. “Every day, there’s another school reaching out. But I just want to go to a school that I can win”
— Jerry Del Priore