Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange received some bad news Thursday when it was learned that class of 2015 four-star recruit Moustapha Diagne will not enroll at the school, as per multiple reports.
According to Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse has confirmed that Diagne will not enroll at the school and that he plans to attend a junior college. It is not yet known which junior college Diagne will attend.
Diagne, a 6’9”, 240-pound power forward who is originally from Senegal but prepped at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, New Jersey, was supposed to a be major player in Boeheim’s rotation next season. He was viewed as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and was ranked as the 68th best player in the 2015 class and 15th best power forward.
With star forwards Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough leaving the program, Syracuse has some holes to fill in the frontcourt, which is where Diagne was expected to contribute. Boeheim will likely now turn to the oft-injured junior DaJuan Coleman, vets Tyler Roberson and little used Chinonso Obokoh, as well as freshman Tyler Lydon for help down low.
The loss of Diagne will leave the Orange with just nine scholarship players heading into the 2015-16 season.