Diarra is the fourth verbal commitment for Washington's loaded 2017 recruiting class, joining Michael Porter, Blake Harris, and Jaylen Nowell - a class already ranked by Scout.com as the second-best in the country.
“I just woke up after sleeping and chose them," Diarra told Dawgman.com of the timing of his decision. "When I get my mind straight…people are calling me, texting me every day, where do I want to go? I just committed, and make everything right.
“I’m just chilling. I just committed, I’m so excited. I’m going to my school, I can’t wait to get there.”
Originally from Mali, Diarra said he has called his family to let him know of his decision.
“We talk a lot," he said. "I told them. They don’t really care about basketball. One of my aunts, she’s a coach in France so she knows basketball really well so I talked to her.”
Will his family eventually come to Seattle to see him play at some point during his UW career? “They might," Diarra said. "I don’t know. They might. I’m planning to visit them soon. I will ask them if they want to watch me.”
Before that happens, Diarra needs to schedule his official visit to Montlake. “I will soon, but I didn’t schedule a visit to Seattle yet," he said. "But will soon.”
So why Washington? “Coach (Lorenzo) Romar is a really good guy, not only a good basketball coach but a really, really good guy," Diarra said. "And Coach Chills is my man. All good guys.”
And why did UW go after Diarra? “They like my competitiveness, my motor," he said. "They like everything about my game. The only thing I do well…I do a lot of things well, but it is to make my teammates better, to make them confident. Block shots and rebound, I score. I do everything.”
But above all else, Diarra is looking to be a winner at Washington.
“I don’t really like to lose," he said. "Losing is not my thing. I’m not losing!”