Per Fairfield press release this morning:
Forward Amadou Sidibe (Bronx, N.Y.) was named team captain for the 2013-14 Fairfield University men’s basketball season. The announcement was made by coach Sydney Johnson on Friday afternoon. Sidibe, who attended Cardinal Hayes High School before enrolling at Fairfield, will enter his sophomore season in 2013-14.
“Amadou exemplifies everything that we want our student-athletes to stand for at Fairfield University,” Johnson said. “I expected a lot from Amadou as a freshman, and he exceeded our expectations.”
Sidibe capped his inaugural season with the Stags by earning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Co-Rookie of the Year as well as a spot on the conference’s All-Rookie team. He finished his freshman campaign by averaging 5.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He played in all but one regular-season game in 2012-13, starting 28 of his 34 appearances in his rookie season.
The forward posted two double-doubles during the season – 11 points and 11 rebounds against DePaul and 12 points and 11 rebounds versus Loyola. He secured a career-high 13 rebounds against Manhattan on February 12, a mark which he tied against Saint Peter’s in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals. He earned the MAAC Rookie of the Week on January 25 after he averaged 9.3 points and nine rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Stags.
“He is an extremely tough and a competitive player on the court,” Johnson said. “He is always working to become a better player. After inserting Amadou in the starting line-up in our fifth game of the season, he went on to lead our team in rebounding.”
Sidibe also excelled in the classroom this year, earning a spot on the University’s honor roll in the fall and is on course to receive the same recognition in the spring.
“With all of Amadou’s promise and accomplishments, he remains a humble young man and is well respected by his fellow teammates and coaching staff,” Johnson said. “Amadou has a bright future ahead of him at Fairfield University and I am pleased that he will represent our team as a captain.”