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Syracuse basketball: Former SU commit Moustapha Diagne will play for Western Kentucky

So ends that saga, for those still following.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

For those still wondering if Moustapha Diagne will ever end up playing for the Syracuse Orange, wonder no more. As reported by Adam Zagoria today, the former SU commit will join the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

And so ends a twisting, turning ride for the New Jersey (Pope John XXIII High School) since questions began to arise about his eligibility last summer. After failing to qualify academically for the Orange, he headed to Northwest Florida Junor College where he put up 10 points and seven rebounds per game last year. He made the error of entering his name into the NBA Draft this spring, which compromised his eligibility at Northwest Florida.

There had still been hope that the 6-foot-9 forward could eventually join the Orange program, but now that he's at Western Kentucky, that ship has sailed. Our own Kevin Wall points out that the "year of residence" terminology (reported by Zagoria) is NCAA wording that won't allow him to receive aid while he gets himself back on track academically. It's unclear if he'll be permitted to practice with the team (searches around the "year of residence" didn't seem to clear up the subject).


Best of luck at WKU, Moustapha. Hopefully you've finally found a landing spot that allows you to show off your basketball talents and succeed.