The last time Idrissa Diallo saw his parents – the last time he got to touch them, hug them, feel their hands on his back – was back in May of 2011.
The next time Diallo sees his parents looks to be much sooner than he thought, as they are working in conjunction with his coach Will Middlebrooks to meet their 6-foot-10 son in Berkeley on the weekend of Sept. 13 for an official visit to California.
"We're working on that right now," Diallo told BearTerritory. "That'll be great for them to see the school that I'm interested in, because now they get to see it on their own. I mean, I'm going to make this decision, and they will definitely have a part to play. If it weren't for the visit, I would probably not see them until this summer after my senior year. It would have been three years."
Diallo said that the visit weekend will be a big one for him, in plenty of ways, but also made a point of not tipping his hand so much as to say that it's an indication of where he's leaning.
Of course, it may help matters that his two potential 2014 recruiting classmates – point guard commit Ahmaad Rorie and uncommitted big man Thomas Welsh -- are also slated for official visits that weekend.
"That's a great thing," Diallo said. "It's still something, though, that I'm trying to figure out. I'm still trying to figure out how to express how I feel about that, but it's something that's just crazy. It's wonderful. It's awesome. It's exciting. To be in the Bay Area and to be with them in order to really know how you feel, that's big."
While his visit to Berkeley is the first on the docket, Diallo said that he still wants to take official visits to USC and UCLA.
"Yeah, I probably will," Diallo said. "I want to take the first one and see what happens from there. I'll just take it one by one and play it according to the plan."
The Sept. 13 weekend – centered around the Cal football team's clash with top-10 Ohio State – will be the first time Diallo has ever seen a college football game, live.
"I just watch it on TV," Diallo said. "They told me about the game and how the place will be crowded and how the environment will be. It sounds really fun."
Diallo will speak with his parents via email at the end of this week to continue hammering out the details, and about what to expect. As far as Diallo is concerned, the Berkeley environment already has a leg up on his other two finalists.
"I would say the environment, the way the school is built, the city and stuff like that, it's a nice place to be around," Diallo said. "The other schools are isolated, even though they're nice and stuff. They're all in California, so there's not a big difference between them in the weather."
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