Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII High power forward Moustapha Diagne has been a key target for Syracuse in the 2015 class for some time. They have recruited him very hard, and hosted him while the Orange faced Duke over the weekend.
"It was a great game," Diagne said. "I had fun with my family. It was amazing to see 35,446 fans. That's never happened before in college basketball. It was the best game I have ever been to."
Despite the electric atmosphere and good time Diagne had, it did not force him to consider pulling the trigger and committing to Syracuse.
"No not at all," Diagne said. "My choice is going to be my own with my family. For right now, everything stays the same as it was before."
After the game, Diagne was among the recruits that spent time with the Syracuse coaching staff according to others who were on the trip. Those meetings are critical in making impressions on prospects. Diagne, however, declined to discuss the specifics of those meetings.
The Syracuse staff has a reputation of identifying targets that they want, going after them hard, and landing them. Overall, Diagne enjoyed his official visit.
"Well my official visit was in Syracuse and I had a great time with them," Diagne said. "All of the schools are recruiting me so hard."
Diagne is originally from Senegal, but came to the United States in hopes that basketball could get him into college and start a potential professional career. That move has forced him to leave his family.
The 6-foot-8 forward had not seen his mom for 16 months. That was until she surprised him with a visit. She accompanied Diagne on the visit, which meant a lot to the four star talent.
"She enjoyed the visit with me," Diagne said. "I was happy to have had her with me on that day."