Coaches will track Diagne in July

This time last year, Moustapha Diagne was in Dakar, Senegal. Now Diagne, a 2015 recruit, is a sought after post prospect with high major scholarship offers.

With the July evaluation periods approaching, college coaches will be scouring the country looking to sure up their 2014 recruiting classes and begin working on potential 2015 and 2016 recruits.

One 2015 prospect sure to have coaches trailing him throughout the month is 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward Moustapha Diagne.

Diagne, who came to the United States in October from Dakar, Senegal, put together a strong showing at the Nike Elite 100 in June and earned a LeBron James Skill Academy invite.

At Elite 100, Diagne, a standout at Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII, ran the floor with purpose, rebounded the ball well and showed an ability to score in the paint.

"He can finish around the basket with both hands," Pope John XXIII coach Jason Hasson said. "He has jump hooks, lay ups and dunks with both hands. He's starting to expand his off game to the elbow and the wing and eventually he'll be at the three-point line."

"He runs the floor, he gets out in transition and just gets up and down the floor," he added. "He doesn't get tired."

Hasson noted his stamina, but also cited his motor as his best asset.

"That's been his trademark since he arrived," Hasson said. "He's relentless with getting up and down the floor, going after rebounds and defending. He's just relentless player."

Diange has picked up scholarship offers from Syracuse, Connecticut, St. John's, Rutgers, Villanova, Cincinnati, Memphis, Cleveland State, Kansas, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Temple, Oregon State, Iona, Manhattan, LaSalle and Rhode Island.

According to Hasson, Ohio State, Florida, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Marquette are also showing strong interest in the four-star recruit.

Although Diange hasn't taken any official visits, Hasson said he did stop by a Syracuse game during the season.

"He went to a Syracuse game last year, but he just went to the game and watched, he didn't tour the campus or anything," he said.

At this stage, Diagne is still open, but there are two schools keeping in close contact.

"I hear a lot from Syracuse and I hear a lot from West Virginia, but right now it's completely wide open," Hasson said.

Diagne doesn't have any visits set up, but he may see some schools in August.

"He's focused on July, but we are looking at Syracuse's elite camp in August and maybe once August hits we might look at going to some local schools."

Diagne, who averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds as a junior, checked in at No. 21 in Scout.com's 2015 updated player rankings on Monday. He'll run with the Connecticut Basketball Club in July.


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