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Holdnerness' Silas commits to Siena

ESPNU is reporting that Holderness (N.H.) power forward Imoh Silas has verbally committed to Siena College for the fall of 2011.

A native of Nigeria, Silas is the second African to commit to the Saints this week, joining Senegal native Lionel Gomis out of Blair Academy (N.J.)

Silas' current evaluation on Scouts Inc. reads as follows:

Strengths:

Silas' defense is still far ahead of his offense as he blocks shots and really cleans the glass on the defensive end of the floor. He is a strong one-on-one post defender with his only problem occasionally being with his ability to body up with a thicker low post prospect. Offensively, he is primarily a dunker who gets the majority of his points by crashing the offensive glass or running in transition. He is a very good shotblocker where he uses his exceptional timing to send back his opponents shots.

Weaknesses:

Physically, he's exceptionally cut with a chiseled physique but could stand to add more bulk to compete at the highest level. His shooting stroke looks improved at the free-throw line but it is too much of a work in progress to show up during a high paced game. He finishes around the rim with both hands, and dunks when he's supposed to, but is otherwise limited offensively with his hands and feet in need of a good deal of work.

Bottom Line:

This raw, low post big man is a solid athlete that runs the floor well and plays hard at all times. He changes the game defensively with his rebounding and shot blocking skills and is also a good on-the-ball interior defender. His game is very similar to the game of Ben Wallace.