Four-star power forward Moustapha Diagne was a key member of the N.J. Playaz during the Nike EYBL. Their efforts culminated in a Peach Jam Championship, the first in their history. Throughout the three-month long event, Diagne was productive on both ends of the floor.
That includes a 17-point, 15-rebound performance in April against Team Final, a 21-point, six rebound and six block outing against Boo Williams in May and a 17-point, 12-rebound effort against CIA Bounce earlier this month.
In the Peach Jam semifinals, Diagne faced five-star center Cheick Diallo and more than held his own. Defensively, Diagne gave Diallo fits, holding the five-star talent to just 3-8 shooting. Diagne finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and one block.
But perhaps his most impressive performance was against Team Penny in the Peach Jam title game. On 6-12 shooting, the Syracuse pledge poured in 16 points while snatching 14 rebounds and swatting away six shots.
Overall, things could not have gone much better for the 6-foot-9 forward. Diagne shot 58% from the floor over the course of the event, while averaging 9.4 points per game. This despite playing only 23.1 minutes per contest.
For his efforts, he caught the eye of national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels.
"I was really impressed with his effort and energy," Daniels said. "That's clearly his calling card, as he always plays hard. He's active on the glass, contests shots and plays physical in the paint. He does a great job of pursuing the ball off the rim with both hands and just playing strong in the paint. Offensively, he was aggressive when he had opportunities and finished off plays close to the rim."
Being part of the first championship for his AAU squad is something that will stay with Diagne throughout his basketball career.
”It was a huge experience,” Diagne said. “My first Peach Jam went really well and I enjoyed every moment. It was great (to win the championship). This organization never won it before, so being a member of that group who brings the first Peach Jam title to New Jersey is something I’ll never forget.”
Playing against some of the best high school talent in the country, Diagne feels it will serve as momentum as he heads into his senior season and beyond. The best could be yet to come for the future Orange forward.
”It’s the best AAU league in the world,” Diagne said. “Everyone you’re going against can do something special. I got better after every game. I’ll keep that and get ready for my senior season.”