PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 21, 2014) - Rutgers men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan announced today that center Ibrahima Diallo (Dakar, Senegal) has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Scarlet Knights. Diallo (6-10, 225) averaged 13.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks at Quality Education Academy in Winston Salem, N.C., this past season as a senior team captain to help the Pharaohs to a 21-5 record.
“Ibrahima is a terrific young man and we are very happy that he chose Rutgers,” said Jordan. “He is a dedicated student with tons of potential and an engaging personality. With his length, athleticism and shot blocking ability, we believe he can make a significant defensive impact. Offensively, he has a nice touch around the basket and the ability to score with both hands.”
Rated as the ninth-best prospect in the state of North Carolina and the nation’s 27th overall center by ESPN, Diallo competed on the AAU circuit for Team Loaded Virginia. He was cited as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Diallo also had reported scholarships offers from Oklahoma, Georgia, Marquette, Massachusetts and Old Dominion.
Diallo joins incoming junior guard Bishop Daniels (Raleigh, N.C.), freshman forward D.J. Foreman (Spring Valley, N.Y.) and freshman guard Mike Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the Scarlet Knights’ 2014 recruiting class. Daniels (6-3, 185) averaged 18.0 points and 4.6 assists-per-game this past season at ASA College in New York to earn All-Region XV honors. Foreman (6-8, 220), rated as the No. 120 overall prospect nationally by Rivals out of Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, competed in the Jordan Brand Regional Classic at the Barclays Center on April 18. Williams (6-2, 180), a two-time First Team All-City performer out of Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, was also selected for the Jordan Brand Regional Classic.
Diallo becomes the second big man from Dakar, Senegal to arrive in Piscataway in recent years, joining former team captain Hamady Ndiaye (2006-10). Ndiaye set a school record with 358 blocks, was named the 2009-10 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft.