“We welcome Boubacar to our basketball program,” said St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin. “Boubacar will have the opportunity to rehab from his injury this year while acclimating to the University and getting ahead on his coursework. Our staff looks forward to supporting Boubacar in his development on and off the court.”
Diakite comes to St. John’s from Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y., the alma mater of rising junior forward Kassoum Yakwe and former Red Storm standouts Felix Balamou and Chris Obekpa.
A 6-foot-8 small forward who originally hails from Mali, Diakite is a consensus top 10 recruit in New York State. Diakite represented Mali at the 2016 FIBA Africa U18 Championship in Kigali, Rwanda, where he averaged 6.4 and 3.3 rebounds helping the team to a third place finish. On the club circuit, Diakite played for PSA Cardinals, which also the former AAU home of Yakwe.Andrew Slater of 247Sports.com first reported the reclass news. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook