Big man wants to check out Louisville

Mamadi Diakite, a hot prospect from Dyke (Va.) Blue Ridge School in the Class of 2016, talks about his interest from the University of Louisville. Diakite plays for Team Takeover and has been in contact with U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

Mamadi Diakite, one of the top athletes in the Class of 2016, has been getting a ton of interest from colleges after a solid spring with Team Takeover.

One of the schools Diakite said he was intrigued by is the University of Louisville where he said assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been "building a good relationship."

"He's been talking to me a lot," Diakite said. "I like him and Louisville. It's a place I would like to go and see."

The 6-foot-9 Diakite attends the Blue Ridge School in Dyke, Va., has made visits to USC, Washington and Virginia and said Georgetown has also been "after me hard."

"A lot of schools," Diakite said have been calling. "It's a lot of fun for me. I don't know when I will make a decision."

Diakite said there are other schools he might want to look at but noted that Louisville was "one I want to learn more about," and said he would continue to chat with Johnson.

"It's a good program and I like what coach Johnson has been telling me," he said.

Diakite is at his best when he is blocking shots and rebounding but he can also finish at the rim and this spring has been hitting jumpers.

"I think I'm getting better," he said. "I’ve only been playing four and a half years but I think I am getting better."


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