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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Cincinnati & Pitt Recruiting Moustapha Diagne

The Orange could have really used another big man in this years rotation, but unfortunately Moustapha Diagne was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. He is now going to Northwest Florida State, in hopes of getting his grades up in order to qualify to play D1.

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When it was announced that Syracuse Orange commit Moustapha Diagne was not going to qualify, due to a class that he took in his native, Senegal. After hearing about that many were unsure where the situation would go from there. Diagne, now playing at Northwest Florida State still hopes of playing Division 1 basketball, but it may not be for the Orange.

According to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblogother schools are now recruiting Diagne, after he failed to qualify to play for the Orange. Zagoria is reporting that Jamie Dixon has personally seen Diagne play at Northwestern Florida State, while Syracuse and Cincinnati have only seen him play once. Diagne's high school coach, Jason Hassan confirmed the situation:

"Jamie Dixon is recruiting Tapha himself," Hasson said.

Diagne was apart of the high profiled Orange recruiting class that included Frank Howard, Tyler Lydon, and Malachi Richardson.

The news comes on the same day that it was announced that 2016 power forward Taurean Thompson will not commit until the spring. The Orange will have Paschal Chukwu in the fold next year in the front court, but extra depth is always a great thing to have. Take the news however you want, but it looks like getting Moustapha Diagne to wear Orange will be harder than originally thought.