After playing this weekend with the Playaz Basketball Club at the Nike EYBL stop in Sacramento, recruiting is heating up for 2015 center Moustapha Diagne, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound prospect from Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J.
Syracuse, UConn, Memphis, Rutgers and Cincinnati are among those coming hard for Diagne, Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv Monday.
Diagne visited Syracuse in February for the epic Duke game and “Syracuse is still very involved,” Hasson said.
“Memphis is coming in hard,” he added. “Mainly I hear from Coach [Josh] Pastner but also Aki Collins. [UConn] coach Kevin Ollie called two weeks ago and may come and watch a workout.
“I hear from Rutgers all the time and ‘Tapha really likes coach [Eddie] Jordan. And coach [Darren] Savino and coach [Mick] Cronin [of Cincinnati] are still definitely recruiting him hard and they always do a good job.”
Diagne holds offers from Syracuse, Villanova, Memphis, Penn State, Rutgers. St. John’s, Cincinnati, UConn, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Temple, Cleveland State, Oregon State, Iona, Manhattan, La Salle and Rhode Island.
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