Commitment Impact: Ibrahima Diallo

ScarletReport.com takes a deeper look at center Ibrahima Diallo of the Quality Education Academy. Diallo is the fourth verbal commitment to the Rutgers basketball 2014 class, making his decision Monday night during a phone call with coach Eddie Jordan.

Committed Over -- Ibrahima Diallo had varying levels of interest from many schools, including Massachusetts, UT Chattanooga and Old Dominion.

Rated -- Diallo checks in as a three-star center in the Scout.com 2014 recruit rankings.

Scouting Report -- "He has a big, thick frame. He has good hands and rebounds his area well. Worry some about this footwork and movement. He's coming off an ACL injury." – Scout.com expert Evan Daniels

Diallo is a legitimate big-body in the post that is capable of battling physically in the Big Ten. He is a defense-first option, which is something Rutgers needs in replacing Wally Judge after this season. Diallo plays tough defense. He's an early threat to block shots and battle for rebounds.

As an offensive player, Diallo has work to do. He needs to refine his movement and awareness. Diallo is not a threat from medium or long range, and will asked to read the floor to make accurate pases to play the five properly in the Rutgers system.

Recruiting Impact -- This addition takes some sting off of Greg Whittington's failure to enroll at Rutgers this semester. Adding a five was key. It shortens the minutes that Kadeem Jack will have to play at the position next season, and allows more flexibility and competition between Diallo, junior Greg Lewis and freshman Dwayne Foreman.

Diallo is the fourth commitment in the class with the other three already signed. He is likely the final piece of coach Eddie Jordan's class with the roster now full on scholarships. Rutgers will not close the door on pursuing another player.

Quotable -- "I liked the team and the school, and especially I liked coach Jordan," Diallo said. "I like the way he coaches. I liked the players and the staff and everything. I really felt comfortable like it was my home."

Final Thought -- Diallo's addition strengthens the outlook at center moving into the Big Ten. Options at the five were slim next season, and adding a thick 6-foot-10 body gives options for Jordan in building his rotation.

When Whittington's transfer fell through, this was one of the best options still available to Rutgers to fill the roster spot. It was a good job by Jordan and his assistants to get it done and add a second post player in the 2014 class.


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