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Oregon St. Signs 7 footer in Cheikh N'diaye

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Today is the NCAA early signing day for winter season sports, and Oregon St. has the paperwork on a 7 foot center for the 2013-14 season. N'diaye, a 7'0", 230 pound post player from Carlsbad, Calif., attends Army-Navy Academy. Last season, he averaged 11.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocked shots per game in his junior season.

"We are very excited to have Cheikh N'diaye joining the program," Oregon St. head coach Robinson said from New York, where the team is preparing to play in Madison Square Garden, in the 2K Sports Classic, the next 2 evenings.

"To have a legit seven-footer who can get in the game and make some athletic plays is going to be important for us going forward. His length, his athleticism and his basketball IQ are going to help us tremendously."

Here's his highlight video:

He arrived at Army-Navy Academy as a freshman from Dakar, Senegal, and plays for head coach Tom Tarantino who said he had several options of where to attend college.

The Beavers also added a guard to the team, when Hallice Cook's National Letter of Intent arrived.

Cook is a 6'3", 185 pound guard from Union City, N.J., and attends St. Anthony High School, which is where current Beaver Devon Collier prepped. St. Anthony is coached by former Duke star Bobby Hurley.

Cook averaged 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game last season, as St. Anthony won the New Jersey Tournament of Champions for the second consecutive year.

"We are really excited to get Hallice Cooke," Robinson said. "Number one, it's great to get another player from Bobby Hurley's St. Anthony's program. To get a quality player like Hallice who can shoot, defend and run a team is really exciting for us. He's going to bring a lot of leadership to this team, too. We are moving through this generation of players so we are going to lose a lot of leadership over the next couple of years. We need to figure out who is going to be the next floor general for us."

Here's a video with highlights of Cooke:

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