Episcopal's Kalipinde Chooses Loyola Marymount
Big Boss Man Dan Uthman, fresh off his month-long sojourn (ok, maybe it only felt that long) to Hawaii, has this contribution:
Given Kalipinde, a rising senior guard at Episcopal in Alexandria, has committed to play men's basketball at Loyola Marymount.
Kalipinde, whose mother and five siblings live in his native Zambia, arrived at Episcopal last season after being discovered in the Basketball Without Borders program and went on to lead the Maroon in every major statistical category: 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, 3.5 steals and two blocks per game. One of his most impressive outings came against No. 2 Montrose Christian in the Sleepy Thompson tournament final.
Prior to that, he put together a soccer season that earned him an All-Met honorable mention selection and caught the attention of college coaches.
But he was most interested in basketball, and by this summer he had as many as 50 schools pursuing him, led by George Mason, Wake Forest, Richmond, UNLV and Boston University in addition to Loyola Marymount.
Loyola Marymount began recruiting Kalipinde this past spring after it hired Coach Bill Bayno, who requested tape of Kalipinde shortly after his hiring. Bayno's lead recruiter, Myke Scholl, previously worked with Basketball Without Borders in Africa and was a scout for the Detroit Pistons.
Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said Bayno feels that Kalipinde can be an all-West Coast Conference player and potential pro. Kalipinde plans to take an official visit to Loyola Marymount's Malibu, Calif., campus in September.
Fitzpatrick said he expects another rising senior, 6-5 Yao Sithole, could garner some Division I offers this fall. Sithole, a physical player, can play small forward and power forward.
| July 28, 2008; 3:34 PM ET
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