Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Boston College on Saturday landed a verbal pledge from 6-foot-11, 235-pound Los Angeles Cathedral big man Idrissa Diallo, a former Cal commit.
Diallo decommitted from Cal after the coaching change that brought in Cuonzo Martin.
“It’s a legit opportunity to play the four spot in the ACC with a coach [Jim Christian] that’s committed to him and his ongoing development,” Cathedral coach William Middlebrooks told SNY.tv by phone. “He understands where he is, where he’s trying to go and I think he’s genuinely committed to help him going there.”
Diallo also considered Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Miami, Middlebrooks said.
BC assistant Preston Murphy got the assist on Diallo, the program’s first 2014 commit under Christian.
“He’s a guy that can block shots, rebound, has a decent back-to-the-basket game,” Middlebrooks said. “He can face up and can defend the perimeter. He’s very athletic, can run with the guards. He’s as quick as any little guard, can really move.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.