Diagne, Lydon sign with Syracuse

Syracuse commits Moustapha Diagne and Tyler Lydon sign their national letters of intent and discuss the moment inside.

The start of the early basketball signing period saw some quick good news for the Syracuse Orange. Two of their four verbal pledges, Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne, signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday at their respective high schools.

Player: Tyler Lydon
Height/Weight: 6-foot-9/200 lbs
High School: The New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH)
AAU Team: Albany City Rocks
Scout Rating: 4-star
Scout Ranking: #13 PF (#77 overall)
Verbal Date: 10/17/13
Other Offers: Boston College, Clemson, Creighton, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Providence, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Evaluation: LINK
Signing Day Quote: “It means a lot to me. A lot of people doubted me from the beginning and said I couldn’t be certain things. So it feels nice to prove a lot of people wrong. I’m extremely excited to begin this journey with Syracuse and, most importantly, I’m extremely thankful for those who believed in me and pushed me. I’m not sure where I’d be without my family, friends and coaches. Especially coach Hutchins (New Hampton head coach). And all my teammates for pushing me. Just truly blessed to be given such an amazing opportunity.”

Player: Moustapha Diagne
Height/Weight: 6-foot-8/240 lbs
High School: Pope John XXIII High School (Sparta, NJ)
AAU Team: NJ Playaz
Scout Rating: 4-star
Scout Ranking: #12 PF (#68 overall)
Verbal Date: 5/31/14
Other Offers: Cincinnati, Cleveland State, George Mason, Kansas, La Salle, Memphis, Oregon State, Rider, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia
Evaluation: LINK
Signing Day Quote: “It means a lot to me. I mean, it’s an honor and blessing to play for coach B (Jim Boeheim) and Syracuse. Yes, man (it was emotional). I came from nowhere. I mean, this deal is for my dad. He passed away but he always wanted me to be the best I can.”

The other two verbal commitments, Franklin Howard and Malachi Richardson, will sign in the coming days. Howard is planning to sign on Thursday at 5:30pm. Richardson on Saturday at 8:00pm.


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