Moustapha Diagne, Scout.com's No. 24 ranked player and No. 4 power forward, is set to announce his decision after months of rumblings and rumors. He will announce during the Mary Kline Classic, a high school all-star event which helps raise money for cancer research. The underclassmen game, which starts at 6 p.m. Eastern, features Diagne as one of its participants.
Diagne has offers from several high majors including Syracuse, Memphis, Cincinnati, Kansas, Villanova and others. He has visited Syracuse multiple times, attending Orange Madness during each of the last two years. The four-star prospect also attended a Syracuse elite camp and checked out a game at the Carrier Dome during each of the last two seasons.
One of those games was the classic Syracuse/Duke matchup before a record setting crowd. Diagne called that "the best game I have ever been to."
Approximately two weeks ago, Diagne indicated that Syracuse and Memphis were standing out. Both schools could use reinforcements in the frontcourt, making each an intriguing destination with an opportunity to make an impact as a freshman.
Diagne is a long, lean athlete who has the ability to impact a game on either end of the floor. He is a natural shot blocker who plays with high energy throughout anytime he steps onto the court.
He plays very physical basketball despite his lean frame, and uses his natural athleticism and supreme effort to impact a game in a positive way for his team. Diagne is a strong rebounder who can use his wing span to get boards both in his immediate area and outside of it. He challenges nearly every shot near him, making things difficult for his opponent.
Offensively, Diagne is still a bit raw. He attacks a defense with tenacity and has displayed a nice jump hook in the past. He runs the floor very well and is solid in transition. Developing some consistent low-post moves as well as a solid mid-range jumper would round out a high potential offensive game. He struggles from the free-throw line, however, which will be an area of focus throughout his career at the next level.
Syracuse has been rumored to be the favorite for some time. The Orange coaching staff has remained in constant communication and have recruited him very hard. Memphis is another school that has continually shown interest. Their lack of being able to land a visit from Diagne, however, make it difficult to see him choosing the Tigers.