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.
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Iona has landed a commitment from St. John’s transfer Boubacar Diakite, a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman forward originally from Mali, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
He will sit the 2018-19 season per transfer rules.
“I’ve watched them play and I loved the way the team is,” Diakite said. “The players are just hard workers and they like use the team as like it was a family business and they got a great coaching staff. I want to help them accomplish their dreams so I can also accomplish mine. Iona has I something I wanted to be a part of, a big hard-working family.”
Diakite did not suit up for the Red Storm during the 2017-18 campaign, as the 6-foot-8 forward rehabbed from an injury.
Asked if he was healthy, he said, “I’m feeling great. I’m just going to keep working and getting better.”
A consensus top-10 recruit in New York coming out of Our Savior New American, Diakite led the Pioneers in scoring in each of his final two seasons, including a career-high 16 points per game to go with seven rebounds as a senior.
Prior to St. John’s, Diakite represented Mali at the 2016 FIBA Africa U18 Championship in Kigali, Rwanda, where he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, helping the team to a third place finish. Diakite was also a member of the PSA Cardinals competing on the Nike EYBL circuit.
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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.