Men's Basketball Signs Mohamed Tangara to National Letter-of-Intent

Nov. 16, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Saturday that Mohamed Tangara has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. Tangara will report to the school in the fall of 2004.

Tangara, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward from Mali, West Africa, is ranked as the No. 38 overall prospect by theinsidershoops.com. Tangara, who preps at Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., averaged 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game last year. He runs the floor very well, has a strong defensive presence, and has displayed a developing offensive game.

'Mohamed is warrior on the boards who takes pride in doing the little things,' said Olson. 'He is a person of outstanding character and we are pleased to have him join our program.'

Tangara, listed by many as one of the top-50 recruits in the country, is rated as the nation's No. 11 power forward by theinsidershoops.com.

'Mohamed brings a tremendous amount of intensity and a strong desire to succeed,' said Pastner, Tangara's lead recruiter. 'He is a great defender and a big-time rebounder that we feel will continue to grow on the offensive end.'

The Wildcats, ranked No. 4 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, also signed Jawann McClellan and Daniel Dillon on the first day of the November early signing period. Arizona opens the regular season on Monday, Nov. 24 against Northern Arizona. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST and will be televised live in the Tucson area by Fox Sports Net Arizona.

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