Amadou Sidibe picks Stags

Six-foot-8 power forward Amadou Sidibe put an end to his recruitment on Monday when he verbally committed to Fairfield, the New York Daily News reported.

The Ivory Coast native did not play basketball until his freshman year at Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.).

"If you had asked me when I was younger if I would be in the position I am now, I wouldn't have believed you," Sidibe told the paper. "I had to work hard to get where I am now. I feel like I came a long way."

Sidibe chose the Stags over Iona, Quinnipiac and Marist. He is the first recruit in 2012 for new head coach Sydney Johnson.