"The kid fell in love," National coach Trevor Brown said. "A lot of people were waiting to see if he qualified. Central Florida wanted him and he loved them."
A slashing, attacking style wing athlete, Diakite is a strong late addition. "They think I can come in and help them attack the basket and get to the free throw line," he told Scout.com.
"Basketball-wise, my feeling was, all the Big East's were flirting with him but I thought it was a little above his level," Brown said. "Some schools had new staffs and might have recruited over him. I thought this was the best fit basketball-wise. It's a good conference and it's not a high major but its high enough that he can go in there and play right away. They needed a wing athlete."