``They helped get him here," Bridgton coach Whit Lesure. "They stayed with him and that's where he wanted to go."
Diakite is an energy guy who rebounds and runs the court extremely well. After a slow start while getting acclimated from Mali, he averaged nearly a double-double (10 points, 9 rebounds) in the second half of the season.
``He played great over the last three weeks of the season and is one of the guys who put us over the top," said Lesure, whose team won the NEPSAC Class A title. He's a poor man's Ben Wallace. He plays so damn hard."