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    Aug 20, 2013

    By Tom Weber

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University men's basketball coach Barry Hinson announced that 6-foot-8 junior center Ibby Djimde (pronounced JIM-day) has transferred from Illinois and will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

    Djimde, who was part of former Illinois head coach Bruce Weber's 2010 recruiting class, played sparingly in two seasons for the Illini. As a freshman in 2011-12, he scored five points in 17 games, totaling 61 minutes of playing time. Under new head coach John Groce last year, his playing time diminished to 19 minutes in the span of 11 games, and he scored his lone basket in a game at Northwestern.

    He will take the scholarship that recently opened up when junior guard Josh Swan had career-ending knee surgery.

    "We have two senior big men in Davante Drinkard and Bronson Verhines, so it was imperative that we add a big man to our roster," Hinson said. "The great thing about having Djimde is he gives us size, strength and length, and someone who can challenge our big guys in the paint during practice. We get a year to work with him and show him our system before we have to play him."

    A native of Bamako, Mali, Djimde played his prep basketball at West Virginia Huntington Prep, where he averaged 10 points and eight rebounds as a senior, helping lead Huntington to a 25-3 record.