An elite recruiting class at Washington has evaporated since head coach Lorenzo Romar was fired, with four players opening their recruitment back up, including two guys targeted by NC State. The most prominent of those is guard Blake Harris, a consensus four-star recruit. But now NC State is also after big man Mamoudou Diarra, per Julius Kim of Elevate Sports.
Since reopening his recruitment, Mamoudou Diarra has heard from Mizzou, Wichita St, SMU, Cincinnati, Mississippi St, & NC State, per source.— Julius Kim (@JKimElevate) March 28, 2017
Diarra is listed at 6’9 and 205 pounds by 247Sports, and he is a consensus three-star prospect. He played for an Adidas-sponsored AAU team in St. Louis, which is perhaps something to bear in mind going forward, though he did end up signing with a Nike school initially, so maybe not.
Diarra has the potential to be a versatile player in college, someone that could be plugged into the three or four spot and serve as a threat from the perimeter. He also has a 7’2 wingspan. His AAU coach certainly loves the heck out of him:
"Michael Porter has a very similar game, but his game is a little bit more polished than Mamoudou's, but I'll take Mamoudou's motor and intensity level over Porter's. The difference with Mamoudou is it doesn't matter if it's with Michael Porter or in an empty gym, he's competitive. He's tooth and nail. He'll fight you for every rebound. He's that competitive. That's going to be a great asset to them. He'll try to be everything he can be. There's no doubt about that.”
Diarra had a solid offer sheet out of high school despite a career hampered by injuries. Missouri and Cincinnati both recruited him the first time around; NC State did not.