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Putnam Science star, Mamadou Diarra verbally commits to UConn men's basketball for 2016/2017.

POSTED May 23, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: It may be spring and soon it may be summer but that’s not stopping the University of Connecticut from getting their fan based pumped with a month of high profile signings.

Another high school star has verbally committed to play for head coach Kevin Ollie and the Huskies, this time he’s the first member of the 2016 class.

His name is Mamadou Diarra, a 6’8’ forward who played at Putnam Science Academy over the last two campaigns, and chose the Huskies over a pretty good list of suitors including Kansas State, Temple and Minnesota.

The Queens, New York native is a highly regarded catch for Ollie and UConn, after a disappointing season that saw them fail to make the NCAA Tournament after winning it all two years ago.

Diarra scored 9.9 points and pulled down 7.5 boards a year ago for Putnam Science.

The off season has been a busy and productive one for the Huskies who picked up a couple of fifth year seniors who transferred and look to contribute to a team that struggled mightily on the offensive end of the floor a year ago.

Shonn Miller is coming over from Cornell where he averaged nearly 17 points a year ago and will be joined by Sterling Gibbs who leaves Seton Hall after racking up just over 16 points per game.

Add in this year’s recruiting class of Jalen Adams and Steven Enoch and while it has to play out on the floor, it looks as if the Huskies may just be able to put some points up.

Rodney Purvis will be back after a stellar sophomore year, especially down the stretch and will be joined by Daniel Hamilton, who shows signs of absolute brilliance a season ago.

Amida Brimah will be a year older and a junior while Kentan Facey and Sam Cassel Jr. will look to contribute on a more consistent basis in 2015/2016.

The Huskies fell in the opening game of the NIT this past season after failing to make the NCAA Tournament. 

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