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Syracuse basketball recruiting: 4-star PF Moustapha Diagne commits to Orange


The Syracuse Orange never have any trouble convincing talented players to head to New York to play for Jim Boeheim. The class of 2015 won’t be any different.

On Saturday, the Orange landed their fourth commitment in the class of 2015 when 4-star power forward Moustapha Diagne pledged his commitment.

“I feel comfortable with Syracuse,” Diagne told Mike Waters of The Post-Standard. “They’ve got a good basketball program. It’s a good school and they’ve got a good basketball program. I can get a good education.” 

“Today was the best day for me to decide,” Diagne said, adding that he had made up his mind about two weeks ago. “It was a long process.”

The 6’9, 240-pound Diagne attends Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey, but is a Senegalese native.

Diagne is ranked as the country’s seventh-best power forward prospect, the third-best overall prospect from the state of New Jersey and the 27th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Diagne, who was offered by the Orange back in September and took an official visit in February, committed to the Orange over a very impressive list of offers, including the Cincinnati Bearcats, Kansas Jayhawks, Memphis Tigers, Villanova Wildcats and the defending champion Connecticut Huskies. Ultimately, it came down to the Orange and Tigers.

Diagne joins 5-star small forward Malachi Richardson ofTrenton Catholic School (Trenton, NJ), 4-star power forward Tyler Lydon of the New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH) and 4-star shooting guard Franklin Howard of Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, VA).

The Orange’s class is currently ranked number one in the nation.

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