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Willy Kouassi
Willy Kouassi

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

High School:
Central Park Christian Academy (Birmingham, Ala.)

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 219

Position:
Center

2010-11 (Freshman): Provides a big presence along the frontline who can rebound and block shots ... is very athletic for his size at 6-10 and has a high motor and high energy level ... an outstanding student.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Native of Dimbokro, Ivory Coast ... ranked 66th nationally by Rivals.com and the seventh best center in the country ... ranked 90th nationally by ESPN ... earned NACA All-American honors in 2010-11 ... averaged 14 points and 15 rebounds, 3.5 blocks in leading Birmingham (Ala.) Central Park Christian to its second straight NACA National Championship in 2011 under coach Donovan Broadnax ... averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds as a junior in leading Central Park Christian to the NACA National Championship in 2009-10 ... two-time NACA All-Tournament selection ... full name is Willy Jacques Kouassi ... born Dec. 29, 1991, in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast ... majoring in Agriculture Economics ... son of Jacques Kouakou Kouassi and Olga Affouet Gbangbo ... has two brothers, Elisee Kouassi and Stephane Desire, and one sister, Paule Emmanuelle ... chose Auburn over Florida, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Tulsa ... outstanding student with a 3.8 GPA at Central Park Christian ... high school teammate of fellow Tiger Bernard Morena ... National Honor Society member ... signed national letter of intent on Nov. 16, 2010.