Nouha Diakite Leaves Team

Nouha Diakite has left the University of Louisville basketball team to pursue a professional basketball career in his native France.

Reserve Center Diakite Leaves Cardinal Basketball Team

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville reserve center Nouha Diakite has left the Cardinal basketball team to pursue a professional basketball career in his home country of France.

"Nouha is a terrific young man and we wish him well in his future endeavorsed," said U of L Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. "It takes away a big body from an already small frontcourt, but that's something we'll have to overcome with rebounding and intelligent defense."

A native of Athis-Mons, France, Diakite had averaged 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19 games this season for the Cardinals, his first at U of L after transferring from Barton County Community College. His top overall game this season was four points, six rebounds and two assists against Southern Mississippi. He grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at USF and blocked four shots against Holy Cross.

The Cardinals, ranked 25th by the Associated Press and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, are 18-7 entering Wednesday nights game at Saint Louis.


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