Eddie Jordan Talks Diallo Signing

Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan spoke exclusively with ScarletReport.com about the addition of three-star center Ibrahima Diallo. Diallo signed with the Scarlet Knights this week to become the fourth member of Jordan's 2014 recruiting class.

The last Rutgers basketball player from Senegal certainly panned out, and newly signed Ibrahima Diallo could be next.

Diallo comes from Dakar, Senegal just like 2011 Washington Wizards draft pick Hamady N'Diaye. He officially joined the Rutgers class of 2014 at the start of the week, and has his future head coach eager to work with him this summer.

"This kid is ready to work hard," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan. "He's willing to do everything possible to get better and to help us win. He's said it over and over again to me and I believe him.

"I wasn't up close enough with N'Diaye to compare them. I have to see Diallo in the gym. I have to see how he works, and how he's going to respond to physical play on our level. We think he's going to respond very well."

Diallo committed to Rutgers after a winter official visit, and faxed in his Letter of Intent last week. The defensive-minded center enrolls at Rutgers this summer.

"He's a great kid," Jordan said. "He's played against top-notch competition, and he's got a terrific upside. He's a little bit more than 6-foot-9, and he has a terrific shot. You don't see it much because he's more of a defensive-minded player. He's just got so much room for growth physically and basketball-wise."

Jordan continues to add "his players" to a program rebuilding roster, and Diallo fits the mindset of what he wants.

"He's a guy that is trusting of what we told him," Jordan said. "He wants to come here. I've seen his ability. He's a part of our new recruiting core that I was able to evaluate, and he's a great."

Diallo and forward Dwayne Foreman are both three-star prospects on Scout.com, and will be needed to replace the post presence vacated by Wally Judge.

"You have to play big," Jordan said. "You just can't be big. You have to back it up, and we're going to a big-boy conference. It's not about the size that they have, it's about the size with which they play. You have to play big. You have to play physical. You have to be sharp. You can't back down. You have to learn to use your physicality, and you have to play smart.

"I think they're talented in their own regard, but you have to be tough. I think young talent struggles a little bit, we'll see."


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