Coolidge center David Kadiri commits to UMBC

Coolidge’s David Kadiri has orally committed to the the University of Maryland Baltimore County men’s basketball team, the 6-foot-8 center confirmed Thursday morning.

Coolidge senior David Kadiri committed to UMBC on Wednesday. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Coolidge senior David Kadiri committed to UMBC on Wednesday. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Kadiri committed late Wednesday afternoon, looking to end a recruiting process that didn’t start to bud until his senior season. He chose the Retrievers over NCAA tournament darlings Florida Gulf Coast, North Carolina A&T and Duquesne, among others.

He cited the close proximity of UMBC to his family, as well as the comfortability with the team when he took his official visit to campus earlier this year as the primary factors in choosing the school.

“I feel like [their] style of play fits me as well,” said Kadiri, who averaged 13.7 points per game and was one of the best interior rebounders and defenders in the DCIAA. Coolidge finished 25-6 and won both the DCIAA and DCSAA titles.

He will try to bring a spark to a program that won just eight games this year under coach Aki Thomas. UMBC’s roster is relatively young, playing just three seniors this past winter, but Kadiri is confident he can leave his imprint on the team right away.

“I know what I need to work on,” Kadiri said. “Im focused. I’m not worrying about like, thinking about which school I want to go to or not. I dont have to worry about taking visits and all that. The job is out of the way. I just need to get myself ready.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.



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