Mory Diane, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound 2014 shooting guard from Detroit Pershing High, verbally committed to Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley.
Diane, who spent the last three years at Detroit Country Day before transferring to Pershing, took an unofficial visit to Buffalo Friday and Saturday.
“My relationship with the coaching staff and their vision for the future were the main reasons I chose Buffalo,” he told SNY.tv.
“As a guard, there’s not a better coach to be developed by than Coach Hurley. With the help of my teammates, I want to win the MAC championship and get Buffalo into the NCAA Tournament.”
Diane is reminiscent of Rhode Island guard Xavier Munford, who led the Atlantic 10 in scoring last season.
“Mory is a triple threat on offense with his ability to score at the rim, pull up for the mid-range jumper or shoot it from deep,” Mike Allie, Diane’s AAU coach with Reach Legends, told SNY.tv.
“He takes pride in his defense as well and is a competitor in every sense of the word.”
Indiana State, Kent State, Texas Tech, Toledo and Detroit had also offered.
“Buffalo did a great job of recruiting Mory,” Allie said. “Coach Hurley and Coach Oats created a great relationship with Mory and his family. They showed Mory their vision for the future and he felt like he could be a key contributor. There’s no question he’s in great hands with Coach Hurley.”
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