Moustapha Diagne, a 6-foot-9 2015 power forward from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John, enjoyed the thrilling atmosphere at Saturday’s Duke-Syracuse game.
“The visit went very well,” Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv. “Moustapha said it was the best college basketball game he was ever at. He loved the atmosphere of the game and excitement of the crowd. He was happy that his Mother and his Coach from Senegal got to see the campus and meet the coaching staff as well. Overall, it was a very good visit.”
Diagne and 2016 New Jersey guard Tyus Battle were both at Syracuse’s 91-89 OT victory over Duke, and Battle was also impressed.
As for Diagne, no other visits are currently planned. Pope John has a County playoff game Saturday and then faces St. Benedict’s Prep Sunday in the PrimeTime Shootout.
“Currently, nothing planned on the recruiting front as we have a big stretch of games ahead and Moustapha wants to focus on the season and his school work for now,” Hasson said.
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