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Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball Preview: Junior forward David Kadiri

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All three of UB's incoming JUCO transfers picked single-digit numbers this year, so they've waited until the last week for their previews.

The Basics

Number: 4
Year: Juior
Position: Forward
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Height and Weight: 6-8, 210

New Guy?

Yes. Kadiri has two seasons of eligibility left after a season at D-I UMBC and one at NJCAA South Plains CC

Before UB

Kadiri in high school led his Coolidge (DC) team to a few different championships, and stayed local to attend UMBC, where he made 10 starts among 27 appearances as a freshman. At South Plains, he helped is team to the NJCAA National Championship game, and had 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 blocks in that season-ender. Throughout his college career, he's been pretty boom-or-bust on the stat sheet.

Further Reading and Viewing:

Open Practice Observations

WATCH: David Kadiri's winning dunk in slo-mo

Nate Oats pulls in first commitment from JUCO PF David Kadiri

2015-16 Outlook

Behind Nick Perkins, Raheem Johnson, and Rodell Wigginton (at times), the frontcourt situation is real muddy. There are guys more like Wigginton in Willie Conner and Blake Hamilton, and there are guys who are more true forwards like Kadiri and Ikenna Smart, and we don't know much about any of them.

Of the JUCO guys, it seems like Conner and Hamilton are generating more buzz, and of the forwards it seems like none of the depth names are attracting attention. Kadiri's athleticism and boom or bust style reminds me of the departed Xavier Ford, which might be a generous comparison for now, but is one that makes me happy. I think Kadiri's in line for a solid chunk of minutes behind Perkins and Johnson this season with the potential to lose time if UB looks better with Wigginton playing up at the 'four.'