But when Diallo watched Rutgers fall to the Tribe, he also felt excited about the opportunity he could have next season with the Scarlet Knights.
"It was disappointing, but I watched that game and I really understood why the coaches were saying they wanted me," Diallo said Sunday after returning home. "I felt like I could help them right away. I saw a chance [to play] early."
Diallo comes from Winston Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy where he was a late bloomer on the recruiting circuit. Diallo tore his ACL between his sophomore and junior year, but is now gaining significant interest after the passing of the early signing period.
"I really enjoyed it," Diallo said of Rutgers. "I really like Rutgers now. I saw the school and the basketball team and the campuses, and I really liked to meet coach Eddie Jordan. I really liked it."
Jordan, former head coach of the Washington Wizards, spoke with Diallo about trying to rebuild the Rutgers brand and his experience coaching in the NBA.
"I really like him, and I really like the way he coached," Diallo said. "He's a great coach, and everybody loves him. I really like the way he coaches players."
Freshman forward Junior Etou hosted Diallo on his official visit.
"I spent the whole weekend with him, and he was great," Diallo said. "He was telling me all about how great the coaches are. He said they could use a player like me next season."
Diallo plans to take two more official visits before making a decision, but does not want to wait too long and see his options dry up.
"I want to look at one or two more schools, and then definitely I'll be ready to make a decision," Diallo said. "… With Rutgers, I really like it. I really like the school. I really like the situation. I feel like it would be a great opportunity for me, but I need to take more visits and pick the best choice."