Moustapha Diagne Update
Moustapha Diagne has been attracting many powerhouse programs thus far during his recruitment. With no sign of a decision nearing, he has slowed his recruitment down to focus on his junior basketball season. I had the privilege of talking with Pope John XXIII head coach Jason Hasson last night, who gave him great insight on Diagne's recruitment.
When asked about their visit to the Carrier Dome for the Syracuse-Duke game, Coach Hasson told me "he really loved the environment. It was great to see what they do offensively with their forwards, and to see how he would fit in the 2-3 zone with his length and quickness." He continued on telling me that Syracuse is "definitely one of the top schools on his list. He is very familiar with the school having visited several times." Coach Autry has been actively recruiting Moustapha, and they have a strong relationship.
Diange has over twenty scholarship offers, but Coach Hasson told me the schools recruiting Moustapha the hardest are: Syracuse, Memphis, Kansas, Rutgers, and Duke. Diagne hasn't eliminated any teams yet from his offer list, and remains open to recruitment from any program.
He currently has no visits scheduled, as this is the busiest part of Pope John XXIII's season. However, he does intend to schedule visits for after the season. He has visited Syracuse several times, and visiting again could be an option.
When Diagne visited Syracuse on February 1-2, his real mother, a native of Senegal, surprised him. It was the first time he had seen her in sixteen months. She visited Syracuse with Moustapha and enjoyed it a lot. I asked Coash Hasson about it, and he thought "it was a very nice visit for his mother to meet Coach Boeheim and Coach Autry and get a chance to see the school." He added that, "everyone enjoyed the visit very much."
Syracuse has to love their position with Diagne. The Orange have two spots left in the 2015 recruiting class, and adding another big-man is a major focal point. It will be interesting to see the visits Moustapha schedules after the season. With Syracuse, Memphis, Duke, Rutgers, and Kansas recruiting him the hardest, one would have to expect those would be at the top of the places to visit.