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Cronin gets big man as Diarra signs with UC for 2017-18 season

Mamoudou Diarra has signed a scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati and play basketball for the Bearcats beginning with the 2017-18 season, head coach Mick Cronin announced Tuesday. (UC Athletics)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Mamoudou Diarra has signed a scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati and play basketball for the Bearcats beginning with the 2017-18 season, head coach Mick Cronin announced Tuesday.

Diarra, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward originally from Bamako, Mali, helped 22 Feet Academy to a 29-9 record in 2016-17 while earning First Team All-Grind Session accolades and averaging 18.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks. Diarra owns a 7-foot-2 wingspan and was one of 30 campers from 23 countries invited to participate in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders camp surrounding the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

“Mamoudou is a great competitor,” Cronin said. “Playing hard is a skill and he has it and we believe in it. At 6-9, Mamoudou can make shots and block shots, which makes him very versatile. Obviously, we are going to graduate three seniors next year and we will have a need for guys that can score the ball and produce the way Kyle (Washington) and Gary (Clark) have for us. We think Mamoudou has a great future and will develop into a very, very good player at Cincinnati.”

Diarra joins three other prospects that signed with the Bearcats in November: guard Trevor Moore from Houston, Texas, guard Keith Williams from Brooklyn, New York and forward/center Eliel Nsoseme from Kinsasha, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Information courtesy UC Athletics

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