HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the signings of Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) and Zaid Hearst (Silver Spring, Md.) to National Letters of Intent. Drame is a 6-foot-7 post player currently playing at Marianapolis (Conn.) Prep, while Hearst, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is also in a prep year at Salisbury (Conn.) School.
"I am very excited to be adding Zaid Hearst and Ousmane Drame to our Quinnipiac basketball family," said Moore. "I think both young men will be a great addition to our university, on the court, in the classroom and in the community."
Originally hailing from the small West African country of Guinea, Drame produced 15.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 6.2 blocks and 3.2 assists while shooting 58 percent from the floor in leading New Mission High School to the Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship in 2010. He scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds en route to MVP honors in the State Championship Game against Boston Cathedral, and was named Massachusetts Division 4 and Boston City League Player of the Year for Coach Cory McCarthy's team.
Drame then enjoyed a breakout summer on the AAU circuit for the Boston Warriors. He's taking a similar route to Hamden to current Bobcat Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.), who played for Boston's John D. O'Bryant High School, before spending a year under Coach Dave Vitale at Marianapolis Prep.
"Ousmane is a talented inside player with unlimited potential. He has great hands, passing ability and shooting touch, as well as a nice feel for rebounding and shot blocking," said Moore. "We feel his combination of skills at 6-foot-7 give him a chance to be a high-impact player in our league."
Hearst averaged 18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game last year for Coach Jeff Ruskin at Salisbury. He was named All-Western New England First Team in 2010, before earning Hoop Group Southern Invitational Jam Fest All-Star status this past summer, playing for Mid-Atlantic Select. He was also named to the Hoop Group Summer Classic East All-Tournament Team. New England Recruiting Report named Hearst the No. 8 prospect in Connecticut and the No. 28 recruit in New England for 2011.
Hearst led Springbrook High School to the Maryland State Championship in 2009, while being named a Rock League Division II All-Star. He also earned I-95 Ballerz.com Hoop Magic All-Star and Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest All-Star in 2009.
"Zaid should add depth to an already talented backcourt," said Moore. "He is a strong, tough-minded, highly-competitive wing player who can make shots and gets in the lane off the bounce. I love his intensity, and look forward to him making a major contribution to our program."