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.
Mamadou Diarra, a 6-8 2016 power forward from Woodstock (CT) Academy, committed to UConn over VCU on Friday at his school.
He has visited both schools, neither of which had a 2016 pledge yet.
“They recruited me hard and I just felt like that was the place I wanted to be,” he said by phone.
“I will bring a lot of energy and rebounds. [Coach Kevin Ollie] said that what I do, my game, they don’t have in their program right now and I’ll be a big piece to the puzzle.”
“Mamadou has unmatched energy and relentlessness,” NY Jayhawks coach Jay David told SNY.tv. “He chases rebounds outside of his area and he accepts all of the contact. He’s not afraid of it. He has a knack for blocking shots at his height. He’s young and hasn’t scratched his ceiling yet as far as his skill set.”
He and teammate Hamadou Diallo, a 2017 guard, will play this week at the Under Armour stop in Ardsley, N.Y.
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.