Diallo Rising Fast

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – Not many players improved their stocks more this year than class of 2015 center Cheick Diallo.

A 6-foot-9, 220-pounder out of Our Savior New American (NY), Diallo was named the MVP at the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp and has shot up recruiting rankings.

"His motor and he's strong," said Team Scan coach Oswald Cross. "(On defense he has) great timing," Cross began. "[When he] first came over here he was just trying to block any shot. Now he's taking his time, reading it. Good timing."

Cross, who has previously held an operations position at St. John's, said that Diallo came over to the United States last year and is originally from Mali.

As for Diallo's weaknesses on the court, Cross said, "He's got to develop a back to the basket game and shoot the ball a little bit better from 15 [feet]."

Regarding Diallo's recruitment, Cross said that the five-star prospect has offers from Washington, St. John's, Arizona, and Syracuse, amongst others.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams watched Diallo in action at the Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals.

"They haven't offered as of yet," Cross said. "[At North] Carolina if you're a good player you can fit in there. It's a good system."

At this point, Diallo has no favorites and has yet to visit any schools, according to Cross.

In fact, Cross said that Diallo's focus is not even on recruiting right now.

"Everyone's focus is to get better," Cross said. "That's it. They've got to get better.

"We do a good job because we don't really focus on the colleges," Cross said. "I think we focus on them getting better because they know that if they don't improve every year, those colleges won't be there. It's [a few] years before they step onto a college campus so they shouldn't be worried about it right now."

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