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.
“I think he’s an NBA player,” Hutchins said. “I think he’s going to be a three in the NBA, he’ll be a three/four for them.”
He added:”He’s talented, man, he’s really good. He’s as driven as anyone I’ve coached”
For Diagne, his final game ended in a loss but he said he’s looking forward to his time at Syracuse.
“I just want to keep working on my game and getting better every single day and when I get up there next year, try to help them to win a couple games,” said Diagne, a native of Senegal.
Diagne talked about his time at Pope John and how much it meant to him.
“It’s been a pleasure to go there,” Diagne said. “What a school, what a great family up there, teachers, teammates and they really made me love basketball so much. These guys every single day being around them and I will never forget the love I got there. It’s been a blessing and I’m going to miss it.”
Hasson praised Diagne, who won the Peach Jam alongside Briscoe last summer with the NJ Playaz.
“He was our leader,” Hasson said. “He’s been almost our leader since he got here. It’s going to take a few weeks to come to grips that I’m not going to coach him ever again. I’ve coached almost 80-some games and a couple hundred practices and I’m really close to him and his host family. His host father is my father-in-law, so I’ve never been closer to a player than I am to him, and it’s really sad that I’m not going to get to coach him anymore.”
The next stop for Diagne and the other recruits is Syracuse, where the staff is telling the recruits they can compete for a national championship despite all that’s happened.
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.