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Former Syracuse signee Moustapha Diagne loses JUCO eligibility after declaring for NBA Draft

Former Syracuse signee Moustapha Diagne loses JUCO eligibility.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Moustapha Diagne has lost his junior college eligibility due to declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft, according to his former coach at Northwest Florida State, Steve DeMeo. 

Mike Waters of Syracuse.com first reported the news.

Diagne, a former Syracuse signee in the class of 2015, was denied enrollment at SU due to an academic issue regarding a class he had taken his freshman year of high school in Senegal. 

Diagne, who currently is a class of 2017 prospect, has a standing offer from Syracuse, multiple sources have informed CuseNation.com. However, he will not be able to transfer to a Division 1 school to play basketball until he completes his associates degree.

He will not be returning to Northwest Florida State. 

According to Waters, Diagne could transfer to a Division II school and be immediately eligible to play basketball, or pay his own way at another junior college until his associates degree is completed. He then will be eligible to transfer to a Division I school. 

The 6-foot-9 forward could also pursue professional options overseas if he isn't given an opportunity to play in the NBA. He was not invited to the NBA Combine that begins in Chicago on May 11, but is yet to withdraw his name from the draft. He has until May 25 to do so. 

Diagne will have three years of eligibility remaining either way, according to his host father at Pope John, David Wilder. 


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