DeMatha Catholic (Potomac, MD) shooting guard Mamadi Diane made an unofficial visit to UVa last weekend. The 6-5, 180-pound prospect, who has received an official offer from UVa, visited Charlottesville with his family.
“I took an unofficial visit to UVa on Saturday,” Diane said. “I was pretty impressed. I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know about Virginia. I had a chance to meet the entire coaching staff. I like the coaches and of course the academics are great. My family came with me, and they were pretty impressed.”
Coach Gillen is recruiting Diane as a 2-guard. Diane’s strength right now is his shooting, which is something any team could use a lot of.
“Coach Gillen told me that they see me coming in as a shooting guard and competing for playing time in my first year,” Diane said. “My strength is my shooting. I’ve been working on ball-handling and strength. I want to be able to play the point or shooting guard if I need to.”
As a junior last season, Diane averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per contest. He shot over 40 percent from behind the arc. In addition, Diane used his athleticism to be very effective on the boards, grabbing an average of 7 offensive rebounds per game.
Currently, Diane holds offers from Virginia, Maryland, Miami (Fl) and Georgetown. He wants to make official visits to all four, and says he “plans on setting those up” in the near future.
With Maryland being the home-state school, will they be tough to beat?
“They do have a great chance, but I’m looking hard at Virginia also, and Miami and Georgetown,” said Diane. “I have no favorites right now. It is pretty much down to those 4 though.”
When decision time comes, Diane says he is looking for a school with “good people, good coaches and players and if I’m comfortable with the people there. And academics of course.”
Stay tuned to see when Mamadi will visit each of his top 4 schools. He may very well sign in November, but that is not an absolute certainty according to Mamadi. An excellent prospect, Diane is looking forward to a breakout senior season.
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