Karim Coulibaly will be coming to Pitt with some hardware, as he won a silver medal with the Mali national team at the 2019 FIBA U19 FIBA World Cup in Greece.
Coulibaly, a 6-foot-8 forward that played his senior season of high school with Scotland Campus Sports in Scotland, Pa., scored 17 points and had three blocks and two rebounds as the upstart Mali squad, which won its first international game at the U19 level since 2007 in the group stage, was finally defeated by the United States, 93-79, in the tournament final on Sunday.
For the tournament, Coulibaly averaged 29.7 minutes per game. He shot 44% (33 of 75) from the floor, 20.7% (6 of 29) from 3-point range and 53.3% (8 of 15) from the free-throw line. He averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
The medal was the first for Mali in the tournament, which has been held quadrennially since 1979. The United States won for the seventh time and third time in the past four contests.
A consensus three-star recruit, Coulibaly chose Pitt over high-major offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Providence, Rutgers and St. John’s.
Coulibaly is already enrolled at Pitt and is expected to join the basketball team in advance of its trip to Italy on August 5-14.