2015 post emerges in New Jersey

Over the past few years high major coaches have been by Pope John XXIII to see Jermaine Lawrence. Now they have another reason to swing by the school in Sparta (N.J.). Moustapha Diagne, a 6-9 sophomore, is starting to gain interest.

Jermaine Lawrence is the big name at Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII, but there's a sophomore transfer that is starting to pick up college interest.

Moustapha Diagne, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player, came to the United States from Dakar, Senegal eight weeks ago and he's already making an impact for Pope John XXIII.

With Lawrence out with an injury, Diagne has shouldered the load for Jason Hasson's bunch. He's averaging 18 points and 16 rebounds through the first four games of the season.

"He's very good," Hasson said. "He's very skilled for being that big and that young. He has a lot of post moves and he's very powerful."

"He can shoot threes," Hasson added. "He can't handle it yet, but he can definitely step out and shoot threes. He runs the floor like a guard and he's an unbelievable rebounder."

Diagne is still trying to get used to a new style of play, as well as adjust to living in the United States.

"Overall, I am playing well but I still have a lot of improvement," Diagne said. "The game in America is very physical and I have to get used to that."

"The school is very hard from what I am used to in Africa, but I am adjusting well to the amount of schoolwork," he added. "The pace of the game here is much faster but I think that I am adjusting to that well. I like the different foods and meeting lots of new friends on the team."

Thus far, Diagne has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Oregon State, Cleveland State, Rider, LaSalle and George Mason.

"He's only played four games, so I think he's really going to blow up," Hasson told Scout.com.

To go with the offers, Diagne also has interest from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Florida.


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