Pos Rank: #4 PF
Overall Rank: #24
6-8 | 245
Pope John XXIII (N.J.)
His Recruiting Story
Moustapha Diagne is one of the most talented players in the 2015 class. As such, he attracted interest and offers from several high majors. Cincinnati, Kansas, Memphis, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia all extended scholarship invitations. Diagne kept his recruitment close to the vest, but the Orange stood out early as a likely landing spot.
Diagne visited Syracuse for their Orange Madness two years in a row, and also took an official visit when they played Duke in the Carrier Dome in an all-time classic. Memphis made a push for the four-star forward's services, but ultimately it was Diagne's relationship with Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry that was the difference. He committed on Saturday, May 31st after participating in the Mary Kline Classic.
Where We've Seen Him:
Nike EYBL (2014, 2013), John Lucas Midwest Invitational (2013), Nike Elite 100 (2013)
Diagne is a high motor player who gives maximum effort on every possession. He runs the floor very well, especially for a big.
Offensively, he can attack in a variety of ways. Facing up from the elbow, he can square up to hit a mid-range jumper. He has also developed a jump hook which he can execute with either hand, putting a lot of pressure on his opponent. Diagne's handle continues to improve, but he has the ability to break a man down off the dribble and attack the rim. He can also play from the low-post with his back to the basket.
Defensively, Diagne's wing-span is a major asset. He combines that with natural athleticism that make him an imposing shot blocker especially when helping from the weak side. His lateral quickness allows him to guard multiple positions. Diagne can defend in the low blocks as well as when an opponent tries to take him off the bounce.
He plays with a very high motor. That's one of his biggest attributes. He never lets up offensively or defensively. He gets up and down the floor very well. He's definitely expanding his offensive game. He was making 15-footers consistently this season. Jump hooks with his left and right hand. He's working on ball handling and expanding his range this summer.
He's also has a lot of quickness, lateral quickness. So he can guard different positions and switch on screens. He is an excellent shot blocker especially from the help side and he's a great rebounder. I think that goes along with what I said before with his relentless motor.
He's definitely a true definition of a power forward. Especially on offense. Stepping out to the elbow, being able to play off the blocks and face up but at the same time punish people in the paint. Defensively, because of their defensive scheme with the 2-3 zone, it would be a great fit.
They can go big and put him on the wing at the bottom of the 2-3. Or they can go small and put him in the middle. He would effective at either spot defensively.
- Pope John XXIII head coach Jason Hasson
Syracuse recruiting is simply one of the best in college basketball. Diagne's commitment gives the Orange four elite prospects all ranked in the top 65 in the 2015 class. Syracuse is not done, however. They will continue to pursue five-star center Thomas Bryant.