Syracuse basketball is one of the elite recruiting programs in the country. Their list of visitors at Orange Madness featured several talented prospects. One of them was 2015 four star forward Moustapha Diagne out of Sparta (N.J.). His coach at Pope John XXIII High School, Jason Hasson, said the trip went well.
"He really liked it," coach Hasson said. "It was the first time he was at a Midnight Madness or anything like that. He enjoyed himself. He thought it was really cool with the players being introduced and got to see them scrimmage a little bit. It was a lot of fun. We brought a bunch of his teammates up with him. It was good. They had a really good time together."
The event wasn't the only thing Diagne was able to do while on campus.
"Afterwards, we got to talk to coach (Jim) Boeheim, coach (Mike) Hopkins, and coach (Adrian) Autry for a little bit while we were still in the Dome," coach Hasson said. "We got to see the locker room. He had already seen the locker room last year at the Georgetown game. He had kind of already toured the Carrier Dome before.
"They talked about typical stuff. How he liked the school, did he enjoy himself, things like that. Nothing out of the ordinary. They talked about coming down soon, again, to see him play during our open gym."
The visit only enhanced where the Orange stand in the eyes of Diagne, who holds Syracuse in high regard.
"He likes Syracuse a lot," coach Hasson said. "It's really the first place that he's visited and first place that's shown him a lot of interest. The first place always holds a special place for you. But he's going to take a couple other visits to check those out too. But he definitely like Syracuse. He likes the coaching staff, he likes the Dome and he likes the players. It's a nice place."
Despite the strong interest from both parties, Diagne is not expected to pull the trigger anytime soon. With Syracuse being the only school he's visited so far, it is important for the 6-foot-8 forward to give other schools a look in order to find the best fit.
"No there won't be a decision, probably not until next year," coach Hasson said. "We're trying to figure out a date next week to go look at Rutgers. That'll probably be it before the season starts. Then maybe we'll go look at a couple other places like Cincinnati and probably Kansas."
Diagne is rated the sixth best power forward in the 2015 class, and 24th best player overall.