Diane Has ACC Interest

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A versatile player at 6-5, 190 pounds, Mamadi Diane ’s athleticism enables him to play many positions for DeMatha Catholic. Diane has played the shooting guard, small forward and power forward spots for Head Coach Mike Jones. In addition to his outstanding athletic abilities, Diane has impressed his coach with an excellent work ethic over the past two seasons.

“Mamadi’s biggest asset is his athleticism,” DeMatha Catholic Head Coach Mike Jones said. “He’s a very good athlete. He gets a lot of ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd. The biggest thing he’s improved is his outside shooting. When he first played for us as a sophomore, he shot only 20 percent from 3-point range. Last year he shot over 40 percent and that was from him busting his hump to improve. He’s continuing to work on his ballhandling and defense.”

As a junior last year, Diane was 2nd on the team in scoring with an average of almost 15 points per game. Offensively, he shows a strong middle-range game and has an uncanny knack to getting offensive rebounds according to Coach Jones.

“He was the 3rd leading scorer as a sophomore and the 2nd leading scorer last season,” Jones said. “He averaged 14 or 15 points a game, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. He averaged 7 offensive rebounds per game. He’s very good around the basket. He has a good middle game…he can hit runners and mid-range jumpers, and now he can catch-and-shoot also.”

On the college level, Jones expects his star player to be a two-guard. Diane has received a lot of interest from ACC and Big East programs and holds 6 scholarship offers. Many ACC schools are at the top of Diane’s list.

“I know some of the top schools on his list are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Clemson, Wake Forest, and West Virginia,” Jones said. “He has 6 ACC offers I think. I’m not sure if Virginia Tech has offered yet and I’m not sure if Georgetown has offered yet. The other ones have offered I think. Virginia has offered.”

The primary factor in Diane’s decision will be academics. Coach Jones is not exactly sure when a decision will be made or how many visits Diane will take.

“I’m not sure when he’ll make his decision,” Jones said. “The only thing we’ve been over is that academics will be a huge part of his decision. I know every kid says that, but it’s really, really true here. Academics are a paramount over basketball, proximity, or anything else for that matter.

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