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January 26, 2017 | Basketball (M)

Anthony Sanago with Stingers coach Rastko Popovic.

Leading scorer in RSEQ basketball commits to Stingers

Head coach Rastko Popovic is pleased to announce Anthony Sanogo, a shooting guard who leads the Quebec college ranks in scoring, has committed to the Concordia Stingers men’s basketball program.

A member of the Cégep Édouard Montpetit Lynx, Sanogo is averaging 23 points and seven rebounds a game. The Lynx have played eight games so far this season.

In 2015-16, the Montrealer was the third best scorer at the Cégep level with 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds over 14 games.

“Our No. 1 priority with regards to recruiting was to add scoring,” Popovic said. “Anthony gives us depth at the guard position and will provide some valuable offence. He knows how to get to his spots and score. He is a very good rebounder for a guard. He has a good IQ for the game.”

Sanogo who was heavily recruited by top Canadian schools is also a good student and will pursue his studies in Computer Science.

The six-foot-three, 170-pound product of the Park Ex Knights basketball program is confident he can make a smooth transition to the university game.

“The biggest thing I bring is scoring. It just comes easy to me,” he said. “I go to the line a lot. I like to think I’m hard to defend. I’m a smart basketball player and I know how to capitalize on the defenders’ mistakes.”

The Stingers have several accomplished graduates from the Édouard Montpetit program on their roster, and Sanogo is looking forward to joining them.

“I’ve been following the Stingers a lot, especially the last year,” he said. “Like my old teammates Cedrick (Coriolan) and Olivier (Simon), I feel Concordia would be a good fit for me. This team has a great chance at winning the Quebec league and going even further. I look forward to being a part of that.”