Fofana Picks UT Martin

UT Martin Head Coach Anthony Stewart added another piece to his first recruiting class.

Earlier this evening, Mike Fofana (Whitehaven) tweeted:

I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches of helping me through this long process.  I want to thank all the coaches for recruiting and offering me scholarships.  This has been a long and hard process but next school year I will be attending the University of Tennessee Martin.  I felt like this was the place I will get better each and everyday on and off the court.  proud to be a SKYHAWK!!!!

What will the Skyhawks get in Fofana?

Class of 2016 Mike Fofana (Whitehaven HS) appeared to be a 3/4 tweener early in his high school career.  He sprouted up with college-level height early and lacked strength and scoring around the rim.

The first skill Fofana developed as a youth was shooting touch.  He has been able to knock down mid-range shots for years.  Free throws are pretty easy for the big man.  He does not draw as many fouls as you would like, which plainly limits his offensive impact.

Physically Fofana started filling out in the last twelve months.  He has stronger legs, and can keep guys on his hips better now.  He prefers to operate 6′-10′ from the basket, but has more strength and authority nearby.  Timidity was a problem early in his career and there still needs to be more urgency to his game.

Fofana is a program player, in that he will grow with the new coaching staff.  Look for him to be more offensive-minded than Malik London, but toughness and offensive rebounding need to improve long term.

Fofana is the second player to commit to UT Martin today.

“Yeah, I committed,” shared Kahari Beaufort.  “I sign this week.”

Beaufort Bolsters 

Kahari Beaufort comes highly regarded from the Northeast, by way of Angelina College (TX).  A 6-foot-4 guard, Beaufort will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I love the coaching staff,” said Beaufort about his decision.  “After talking to them they didn’t judge me.  They knew I was talented, but they wanted to help me grow as a person and a better ball player…. all the negative talk about me they looked past that.  They was really interested in me and I felt good about the program, the staff and the school.  Can’t wait to be a hawk.  Once they saw me play they was on me, which showed a lot.  I had other schools, but I just felt good about this one.”

Beaufort plays guard, and will certainly battle for a starting spot opposite Jacolby Mobley.  One of his major reasons for joining the Skyhawks was the opportunity to make an immediate impact and play early and often.

Beaufort pumped in 17 ppg for Angelina College and earned First Team All-Conference.

In the spring Beaufort verbally committed to Norfolk State, but did not sign.


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