According to Andrew Slater of 247Sports, the Washington Huskies have picked up a new big-man commitment in 6-foot-9 hybrid forward Mamoudou Diarra.
Diarra is ranked as a three-star forward from Saint Louis, Mo. (St Louis Christian Academy) and he chose the Huskies over a few other big offers. Washington landed his commitment over Cincinnati, Colorado, Kansas State, Marquette and in-state Missouri. Evansville and Long Beach State have also offered the 2017 recruit.
Gateway Basketball Club coach Scott Schroepfer knows Diarra’s game well, and he broke it down with Slater and 247:
“I think he’ll fit in well with the Huskies for a few reasons. I know Coach Romar from when he was in St. Louis. Mamoudou will relate well to his coaching style. They play a similar style of basketball as we do. We like to get out in transition, create mismatches, and run a lot of similar sets to what they do at Washington. I think he’ll fit in real easy.”
“His strengths are his motor and his versatility. He can play the wing. He played the three and the four for us. He’s got great lateral quickness, a 7’2″ wingspan, and he’s athletic. His areas for improvement are his perimeter shooting, which is getting better. His passing is getting better. His defensive motor has gone from a two to a twelve. The lights come on and he’s just ready to play both ends of the floor.”
Diarra joins a Washington class that’s quickly becoming elite, if it wasn’t there already. Five-star Michael Porter — the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit, per the industry generated 247Sports Composite — is the headliner, but it also features four-star shooting guard Jaylen Nowell and three-star point guard Blake Harris.
The class is ranked No. 2 nationally.