Diakite Is A Spring Option

David Diakite, an athletic small forward, won't be short of suitors come this spring.

As the season wears on and programs resume their search for wing talent, David Diakite is a name that may spring up in conversations around the country. The 6-foot-5 small forward out of Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian, let the early period pass him by but his coach says he'll be ready come the spring.

"He's got a lot of schools calling about him but he didn't get any (major) offers," National Christian coach Trevor Brown. "He had (an offer) from Rhode Island and he wanted to go to Marquette. He was kind of waiting around but they took some wings ahead of him. Right now he's in a holding pattern."

Drake, Auburn, Wyoming, Marquette and Loyola-Md., indicated they would remain in contact. "He's a good student, he's going to qualify. He'll take the test the next time coming up. I have no doubt he's going to qualify."

Brown projects as a small forward but Brown believes the college that signs him will move him around before settling on his final spot. National Christian hasn't played many games to date and the showcase games during the Thanksgiving holiday weren't Diakite's best efforts.

"Down in North Carolina he was in foul trouble against Mount Zion. Against Victory Christian he was in foul trouble the entire game. I think he'll be a good mid-major, Atlantic-10, CAA type player. If a high-major takes a shot he might be able to contribute 10-12 minutes as a freshman depending on the level of the program.

"I compare him to Deron Washington when he was in school. He's ahead of Deron with his jumper, he's athletic and he's stronger. Deron had a really good understanding of how to play and that was the biggest difference but David is stronger than Deron as a high school player."

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