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Nice job TF!  If he and Jimmy Bell can develop over the next two years, we will have an incredible front line.  Hope we get a GT big now.  

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That is a clean photoshop, I am very excited for this remade front court. Travis looks to be building yet another physical team. Can't wait until the training staff gets to work with both Madani and Bell. 

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Welcome, Madani!

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It should be pointed out that this guy is team captain for a national power...after two consecutive Situations, this is a plus.

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Wow, suddenly we're a tall team. 

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I haven't seen a highlight film but just watching that video you have to like his midrange shot. He looks to have a nice soft consistent stroke. Now please don't tell me he hit 52% from the line last year.

Welcome Madani. 

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Welcome to the Bills Madani Diarra, looking forward to seeing you play.

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Here's my write-up on the commitment.

He and Bell certainly add a lot of intrigue. French has no other natural bigs playing with him but now has two massive freshmen who will need some time to develop.

The YouTube 6-minute documentary on him (shared above) is worth watching. He seems like a really nice kid. He's had some unfortunate luck injury-wise and missed almost two years - a season and a half of HS and the two most crucial AAU years. That explains why he's a virtual ghost in terms of recruiting info.

His size and long-term potential are undeniable. It's just a matter of when and how much.

It's also worth noting that right after losing our NYC connection, Van Macon, we land an NYC-area player.

The last scholarship is going to be interesting.

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5 minutes ago, Pistol said:

Here's my write-up on the commitment.

He and Bell certainly add a lot of intrigue. French has no other natural bigs playing with him but now has two massive freshmen who will need some time to develop.

The YouTube 6-minute documentary on him (shared above) is worth watching. He seems like a really nice kid. He's had some unfortunate luck injury-wise and missed almost two years - a season and a half of HS and the two most crucial AAU years. That explains why he's a virtual ghost in terms of recruiting info.

His size and long-term potential are undeniable. It's just a matter of when and how much.

It's also worth noting that right after losing our NYC connection, Van Macon, we land an NYC-area player.

The last scholarship is going to be interesting.

Diarra’s team beat Vashon by 9 this past season in a national tournament. Have no idea whether he played in that one.

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I can't wait to hear how "Gus" Phillips screws up this name🙄 and for how long into the season!  Be careful, "Gus."

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22 minutes ago, Pistol said:

Here's my write-up on the commitment.

He and Bell certainly add a lot of intrigue. French has no other natural bigs playing with him but now has two massive freshmen who will need some time to develop.

The YouTube 6-minute documentary on him (shared above) is worth watching. He seems like a really nice kid. He's had some unfortunate luck injury-wise and missed almost two years - a season and a half of HS and the two most crucial AAU years. That explains why he's a virtual ghost in terms of recruiting info.

His size and long-term potential are undeniable. It's just a matter of when and how much.

It's also worth noting that right after losing our NYC connection, Van Macon, we land an NYC-area player.

The last scholarship is going to be interesting.

Van probably did the initial work on finding Diarra and having some preliminary discussions

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Didn't Drejaj go to St. Benedicts? 

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Welcome to team blue Mandani,  I hope for a healthy and successful college career in the class and on the court.

Fireball!

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a big roll of the dice just as bell is/was.   however both have loads of potential since you cant teach 6'11".   At this point in the year with the cream of the grad transfers gone, i say this is a worthy endeavor.    judging by his twitter statements, he seems very enthused about coming.   fingers crossed the injury continues to heel and he defies all.   

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I'm not sure if these have been posted elsewhere, but he looks to move fairly well for a 6'11 high schooler recovering from an injury. I think the second video might be pre-injury. I'd say he looks a little more advanced than Jimmy at this stage. Good pickup!

 

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9 minutes ago, billiken_roy said:

a big roll of the dice just as bell is/was.   however both have loads of potential since you cant teach 6'11".   At this point in the year with the cream of the grad transfers gone, i say this is a worthy endeavor.    judging by his twitter statements, he seems very enthused about coming.   fingers crossed the injury continues to heel and he defies all.   

My hope is that by season end, Bell + Diarra more or less = Foreman:  which was 21 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds

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4 minutes ago, HoosierPal said:

My hope is that by season end, Bell + Diarra more or less = Foreman:  which was 21 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds

Plus 10 fouls to give.

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