On Saturday night, 2015 signee Moustapha Diagne scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting at the fifth annual Mary Kline Classic. Diagne, who will step on SU's campus in a few weeks as a student, played in the senior game. He was the only 2015 signee to play in the event.
Diagne told Syracuse.com, "I knew I had to play hard no matter what. I can't take anything for granted." This coming after a perceived mediocre performance and effort level at the 2015 Regional Jordan Brand Classic (JBC) game. Tapha's host father, David Wilder, scolded the 6-9 forward for lack of effort after his disappointing JBC performance in front of family and friends.
Like most all-star games, the second-half turned into a lot of one-on-one sets with limited big man contribution. "I was just playing my game and having fun out there," said Diagne.
Elsewhere in SU recruits, Matthew Moyer scored 12 points in a 139-132 victory over Team Inspiration. Many analysts that were scouting the MKC continued to embrace Matthew's ability to handle the basketball. At 6-8, his handle is well above average, and his ability to score off the dribble lets him score at will. Matthew was on the other end of an alley-oop, transition dunks, as well as offensive rebound put-backs.
On Sunday, Moyer told NunesMagician.com, "I loved it. It was a great experience to play for something more than yourself and for the team." He continued, "It was also fun to play against the best competition in the country. Syracuse fans were amazing. They came out and showed love to not only me, but for the cause as well."
Moyer remains the only 2016 commit for the Syracuse Orange.
Class of 2017 targets Trevon Duval and Jordan Tucker participated in the underclassman game as well. Additional target Nicholas Richards was a late scratch from the event due to a prior obligation.