Recruiting Ripple: Moustapha Diagne

Moustapha Diagne continues Syracuse basketball's momentum on the recruiting trail. How does he impact their efforts going forward? Full analysis and breakdown inside.

Syracuse basketball picked up their fourth elite prospect in the 2015 class on Saturday. Four-star power forward Moustapha Diagne gave the Orange a verbal commitment.

Regional Impact

Syracuse has hit up New Jersey for talent regularly since their recruiting has taken off over the last decade or so. In the 2013 class, both Tyler Roberson and Tyler Ennis played their high school ball in the state. Dion Waiters came out of New Jersey in 2010.

Coming off a national championship for the 2003 class, Syracuse added Darryl Watkins and Terrence Roberts from Jersey. They have been successful again in the 2015 class.

Malachi Richardson, a five star wing, committed out of Trenton Catholic in New Jersey. Also from the state is Diagne, the latest ‘Cuse commit from the Garden State. This commitment further establishes Syracuse as a power in the state, as they are in every area they recruit.

Positional Impact

With DaJuan Coleman's injury history, Baye Keita using up his eligibility and Rakeem Christmas leaving after next season, Syracuse needed front court help in this class. They already had Tyler Lydon, who is more of a stretch four than a traditional inside presence.

Diagne gives Syracuse versatility with someone who can play power forward and control the wing along the back of the zone, but also play in the middle as a natural shot blocker. He is a huge get to bolster the depth up front.

While Chris McCullough is coming in as part of the 2014 class, it is possible he is a one and done player. That makes Diagne's commitment even more critical as Syracuse will reload with another talented class.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Syracuse is doing work early in the 2015 class. They already have one five-star and three four-star prospects in the fold. But they are not done. One more slot is available for the Orange.

Don't expect that to be filled by five-star wing Derrick Jones, however. Thomas Bryant is the priority target, and Syracuse will place all of their recruiting focus on him going forward.

Should Syracuse land Bryant, that would give them a huge frontcourt haul with talent abound in the class. The program has never been stronger from a recruiting perspective.

Final Thoughts

Diagne is a big get for Syracuse, and they continue to get early commitments from talented prospects. This allows the Orange to get a leg-up on future classes, and they are already going hard after talented 2016 prospects. The Syracuse staff is one of the best in the business on the recruiting trail.

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