NBA Camp: Mamadi Diane

When it comes to making mid-range jumpers, Mamadi Diane ranks right up there with the best of them. The DeMatha product gives us the lowdown on his college breakdown.

Shooters can be a very superstitious breed. We've watched 6-foot-5 Mamadi Diane of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha play in a number of settings and he's got a routine. He's one of those guys who likes to get himself on track with the mid-range game before he extends himself and starts shooting 3s.

"I really like to start in, get my shot, have confidence inside [the arc] and then move out later in the game."

Diane, the son parents who were born in Zaire and Guinea, is starting to shoot it well enough that he's getting the attention of programs up and down the East Coast and beyond.

Right now, he's very interested in Maryland, Clemson, West Virginia and Virginia. He's already visited unofficially the Terps and Hoyas. Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Connecticut and Louisville have shown interest too.

"Academics are going to be important to me and my family," Diane said. "I want a good coach with good people around me."

This is Diane's first summer on the circuit with D.C. Assault. The exposure has really helped him and colleges are going to continue evaluating him throughout the summer period. He's not married to one program or area of the country at this point.

"It doesn't matter to me. I'm looking for the right fit. Whether it's down the street at Maryland or across the country."

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