Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: St. Vincent Pallotti; Karim Coulibly Is Signed, Sealed, Delivered He’s Yours

The last domino has finally fallen; one of the area’s premier players has officially selected a home and what an interesting situation it creates moving forward.  Karim Coulibly, the versatile 6’9 man-child will be taking his talents to St. Vincent Pallotti and play with the season veteran Coach Dennis Murphy.

Coach Murphy is one of the most experienced coaches and best teachers in the DMV; additionally the little school based out of Laurel, Md. may have the best location of any institution in the area sitting smack dab in the middle of PG, Howard, and Montgomery Country.  Now they have one of the area’s best player in Couliby and he is a big; expect a shift in power in the DMV and watch for Pallotti who has been one of the top teams in the MIAA to become a major A-Conference power in the next couple years as premier players move Pallotti up there list of considerations and wisely so; this school has long been and with Murphy and Karim in tow especially now the best kept secrets as far as academics and basketball powerhouse potential in the area.

The game has changed at Pallotti and in the DMV because Karim is one of the most athletic players in the class of 2019 and he uses that athleticism defensively to block shots, get deflections and gain offensive rebounds with a quick second jump. His post-up game against a set defense is developing as he can score with either hand in the paint. Love the way he finishes lob passes and drop off passes in the lane. His length and soft touch in close would make him a great weapon in the middle or short corners against a zone defense. He has added the pump fake at the rim which will keep help him balanced and create more free throw opportunities as he is smooth and solid from the line.

With a world of potential because of his size, wing span, advanced athletic ability and blossoming skill he owns all the markers to be a difference maker at the rim defensively and a legitimate offensive threat. He is more active and alert on the glass than ever before and is at the point where you expect him to dominate the game on both ends of the floor.  Offensively we compare him to a young Chris Bosh and we believe his impact will be very similar to the program as Bosh’s was to the league.

We congratulate Karim Coulibly, Coach Dennis Murphy, the Pallotti program for transcending the game in the DMV creating another major option for players to be seen and compete at the highest level.  This move is a program changer that is sure to make ripples for the next few years.  Finally we offer our condolences to the area as the effects of the move will be felt for years as the high major prospect who is already being sought by major D1 institutions and who wouldn’t want to play with someone of this stature on the front line.  Murphy has sent many players to school in his over 20+ years in the game and Karim Coulibly has a chance to be his and Pallotti’s best ever.  

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