Terps Watching Diane

DeMatha's Mamadi Diane isn't quite sure whether he wants to remain close to home and go away for college. The 6-5 wing is getting plenty of interest, after an injury-plagued season a year ago, from numerous ACC schools - including the Terps.

DeMatha is a basketball factory that seems to produce top-notch players each and every year. Next season will be no different as Mamadi Diane finishes up at the Hyattsville, Md., school.

The 6-5, 180-pound Diane, a big-time shooter from mid-range and from beyond the three-point arc, wasn't at full-strength for much of his junior season – which was a big factor in his recruitment falling below the radar until recently.

Diane, who transferred in from the Bullis School (Md.), suffered a severely sprained ankle in the second game of the season and wasn't 100 percent until just prior to the postseason. He played through the injury, but wasn't nearly as effective as he wanted to be.

``I just wasn't able to do a lot of the stuff I was used to," Diane said. "I had to change how I played."

Diane got his first taste of AAU ball in April and displayed an offensive arsenal that has high-major coaches wanting to see more.

Diane, whose father hails from Guinea and his mother is from Zaire, has lived his entire life in Maryland – but he isn't certain whether he wants to stay for college.

``I like Maryland, but I wouldn't say I'm crazy about them," Diane said. "I know a lot about the program from growing up here. I want to see what else there is out there."

Other ACC schools, such as Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Clemson, have expressed interest. So has Georgetown, Virginia and UConn.

``I really like UConn and Georgia Tech," said Diane, who has a 2.5 GPA and wants to major in computer science in college. "Education is important to me. I'm looking for a good program with a coach and staff I can relate to and feel comfortable with."

Diane recently returned from a solid showing at the NBA Players Association Camp and will head to the adidas Superstar Camp in about two weeks, where it's a good bet that he'll see someone from the Terps staff when he glances into the crowd.

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