Somto Cyril

kentucky wildcats AvatarSigned
2024
C / 6-10 / 240
Overtime Elite
Enugu
2022
Overtime Elite
2021
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy

Natl.

C

GA

95.85

cycle
9 out of 5 strength
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Committed - 6/28/23
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Personal Life

Somto Cyril goes by the nickname “Baby Shaq” because of his size, frame and outgoing personality. Oh yeah, he’s also known for shattering a few backboards like Shaquille O'Neal. Originally from Nigeria, Cyril arrived in the United States in 2021, and he immediately felt at home in America. “It’s pretty cool,” Cyril told On3’s Joe Tipton. “It’s almost the same as Nigeria. The difference is just the food. I think we (Nigeria) have the best food in the world. Once you try it, you’re going to love it.” Cyril played his sophomore season at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he also made a name for himself playing EAB Tennessee on the Adidas 3SSB circuit. Cyril decided to play in the Overtime Elite League for the 2022-2023 season, forgoing a scholarship in order to maintain his college eligibility. “When I first started playing, I didn’t know how to put the ball in the basket,” Cyril told On3. “My coach told me, ‘even if you can’t score, you can still stop the other team from scoring.’ So that’s the mindset I have. I block shots and get rebounds for my teammates. I don’t have to score. I just want to win the game.”

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C Drafted (5yr)

Total Drafted (5yr)

  • Avatar
    Kentucky
    Signed
    Prediction
    94.2%
    Distance
    6052 mi.
    Class Rank
    2
    C Drafted (5yr)
    1
    Total Drafted (5yr)
    12
  • Avatar
    Providence
    Offered
    Prediction
    1.9%
    Distance
    5352 mi.
    Class Rank
    106
    C Drafted (5yr)
    0
    Total Drafted (5yr)
    0
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    Cincinnati
    Offered
    Prediction
    1.6%
    Distance
    6045 mi.
    Class Rank
    17
    C Drafted (5yr)
    0
    Total Drafted (5yr)
    0
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    Indiana
    Offered
    Prediction
    1.4%
    Distance
    6148 mi.
    Class Rank
    14
    C Drafted (5yr)
    1
    Total Drafted (5yr)
    3
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    Tennessee
    Offered
    Prediction
    <1%
    Distance
    6037 mi.
    Class Rank
    44
    C Drafted (5yr)
    0
    Total Drafted (5yr)
    7