Four-star junior recruit Mamadou Diarra announced Friday in press conference that he will be joining the UConn men’s basketball team in 2016.
The 6-foot-8-inch center is currently finishing up classes at Putnam Science Academy and will spend the 2015-2016 as a postgraduate at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.
Diarra chose the Huskies over Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Queens, New York native is known for his explosiveness near the rim and the ability to rebound on both ends of the court. Diarra is currently averaging eight points and eight rebounds with his AAU team, the New York Jayhawks, including a 12-point, 14-rebound performance against the Illinois Wolves on April 26.
Diarra’s commitment marks Kevin Ollie’s first signing for the Class of 2016 and marks yet another spring signing season commitment for the Huskies. After signing Jalen Adams and Steven Enoch in the fall for the 2015-2016 season, Ollie has also brought in two immediate-impact graduate transfers in Shonn Miller and Sterling Gibbs.