Diakite Lands NC State Offer

NC State is one of several schools in the mix for Blue Ridge (VA) forward Mamadi Diakite.

Blue Ridge (VA) forward Mamadi Diakite knows this is a vital time to his recruitment. The July Evaluation Period is critical as colleges extend scholarship offers and prioritize recruits.

Diakite's talents were on display at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet finale in Atlanta where he average 13 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in just under 25 minutes per game.

"I think I played good," he said. "But, I didn't play as well as I had to for some reason. I think if I played better we could have won a championship but we lost."

Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Diakite has plenty of physical gifts.

"Diakite boasts elite, explosive leaping ability and quickness," says Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "He’s capable of rebounding well outside his area and bursting right back up to finish with a slam. He’s also a talented shotblocker and potentially devastating defender at both forward positions thanks to his lateral quickness and length. He wields a smooth jumper that’s inconsistent but looks capable from 15-17 feet. He'll need to get stronger and improve his hands."

"My strengths are blocking shots," said Diakite. "My weaknesses... I'm not mature enough to make all the right decisions. That's why I sometimes turn the ball over."

His play at adidas led to three new offers and increased interest from a national power.

"I just got offers from NC State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Kentucky is showing an interest," Diakite said. "Kentucky hasn't offered me, but they are watching me play. I already had offers from Virginia, Louisville, Arizona, Georgetown, Syracuse, Indiana, Washington, Texas A&M, Miami, UCLA, and some other colleges."

NC State has had success recruiting the Team Loaded AAU program, having landed commitments from Tyler Lewis, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, and Shaun Kirk since Mark Gottfried was hired as head coach. The Wolfpack is also pursuing Dennis Smith and Bam Adebayo, the two stars for Team Loaded's NC squad. Diakite, who plays for Team Loaded VA, is familiar with NC State.

"NC State has a great program," he stated. "They run the floor and play fast, but I think I can play both fullcourt and halfcourt. I want to play like the Spurs play and that's how they play. I also know that the school is really strong academically.

"I talked with their coaches when they offered me a scholarship, and they said that they like that I can play well on both ends of the floor. They'd like to me to go there after my senior year."

Is there a leader in Diakite's recruitment?

"I don't have a leader," he said. "I'm thinking about where to go, but I haven't decided on anywhere yet. Virginia, NC State, Georgetown, and Louisville stand out to me, but I'm still wide open to all colleges."

Diakite knows what he will be looking for when the time comes to pick his college destination.

"The first thing is the school," he said. "I care about the classes and the strength of the school. I want to be comfortable there. I need to trust the people that I'm going to be around the most because whenever I have to make that decision I have to trust those people around me so I can forward and get better as a player."

As for a timeframe, he hopes to make a decision in the next couple of months.

"I want to have decided by the end of the summer," added Diakite.

Diakite is currently rated the No. 45 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class by Scout.com.

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