NBA DRAFT 2001
St. Jude HS, Montgomery, Ala.
Montgomery Catholic HS, Montgomery, Ala.
October 20, 1982
Selected in the second round (47th pick overall) by the Denver Nuggets.
An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft.
Named First Team All-America by Parade Magazine.
Named a McDonald's All-America player, although a sprained ankle kept him from competing in the All-America Game.
Named EA Sports High School All-American.
Honored as the 2A Player of the Year in Alabama as a senior.
Came to the United States from the Republic of Mali in West Africa in 1998.
Played soccer for many years in Mali.
Speaks English, French and Bamari.
Brother Daouda was a freshman basketball player at Louisville during the 2000-01 season.
Averaged 29 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocked shots as a senior at St. Jude High School in 2000-01 season.
In the first game of the season against Alabama power Montgomery Carver, compiled 37 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
Sat out the 1999-2000 season as a transfer student at St. Jude High School.
"I have never seen a player who puts more into his practice time that Ousmane does," said St. Jude coach Harry Scott. "He's come so far since I first laid eyes on him."
As a sophomore at Montgomery Catholic in 1998-99, averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Blocked 17 shots in one game.
Helped team to 2A state tournament title, defeating Hutton in the final.
Named Most Valuable Player of the Class 2A state tournament.