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Pitt’s Karim Coulibaly to Play for Mali in FIBA U-19 World Cup



Incoming Pitt freshman Karim Coulibaly will represent his home country of Mali in the 2019 FIBA U-19 World Cup.

Coulibaly, who committed to Pitt after playing his high school basketball at Scotland Campus Sports in Scotland, Pa., scored over 1,000 points as a high school player and helped his team to back-to-back No. 1 rankings.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Bamako, Mali, also has international experience, having played in the 2018 U-18 African Championship.

This year’s U-19 World Cup will be held in Heraklion, Greece. In pool play, Mali will face Latvia at 6:15 a.m. on June 29, Canada at 6:45 a.m. on June 30 and Australia at 1:15 p.m. on July 2. The tournament runs through July 7.

The games can be streamed on FIBA’s youtube channel.

Pitt has three international forwards on their roster this season, with Coulibaly joining Kene Chukwuka (Sweden) and Samson George (Nigeria).


The rest of Pitt’s 2019 recruiting class has enrolled and is on campus, and Pitt has published their official heights, weights and uniform numbers.

0 Rs Sr. Eric Hamilton 6’9” 250
4 Fr. Gerald Drumgoole 6’5” 200
11 Fr. Justin Champagnie 6’6” 200
12 Fr. Karim Coulibaly 6’9” 215
24 Rs Jr. Ryan Murphy 6’2” 185

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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