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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Moustapha Diagne's "Heart is Still in Syracuse" Per Coach

The former Syracuse Basketball Commit couldn't qualify, then transferred to Northwest Florida State.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Moustapha Diagne was "the other guy" in the class of 2015. He was supposed to be on campus with Malachi Richardson, Tyler Lydon, and Frank Howard. The three alone have made for a pretty solid core of freshman, but Syracuse is lacking depth in the interior of their zone. Diagne couldn't qualify due to a class he took in Senegal that the NCAA wouldn't accept.

Diagne is currently enrolled at Northwest Florida State, a junior college that produces a plethora of Division 1 basketball talent. He is currently averaging 10.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes a contest. Moustapha is shooting an efficient 49% from the floor and 74% from the free throw line, while playing a key component on the 23-5 Raiders. Northwest Florida State head coach, Steve DeMeo had this to say about him:

"He's had a great year," DeMeo said. "He's getting better. He's a great guy. He's working hard. And he's done an incredible job of finding his way. He's a big, physical, strong guy."

Earlier in the month, it was reported that Diagne holds a "standing offer" from the Orange. It was also reported that Diagne was now a prospect in the class of 2017, instead of 2016. DeMeo also speculated on his relationship with Syracuse:

"I think he's still very, very interested in Syracuse. There are other schools that have jumped in the mix, but I think his heart is still in Syracuse. They have done a good job making us understand that Syracuse is still a school that wants him."

Syracuse assistant, Adrian Autry recently visited Diagne and DeMeo at the junior college, indicating the Orange's interest in Diagne. DeMeo also said the thinks that Diagne has trimmed his list of possible school to Syracuse, Pitt, and Cincinnati, citing those schools as taking the most interest in Diagne.