Nov. 14, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced on Wednesday the signing of Mahamoud Diakite of Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster, Calif., to a national letter of intent. He will join the Cowboy Basketball program for the 2008-09 season.
Mahamoud Diakite (Pronounced: mah-MOOD, DEE-uh-KEE-tay) is a 6'7", 220-pound forward, who is currently one of the top ranked junior-college players in the nation at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif. JucoJunction.com ranked Diakite No. 40 among its best junior college players in the naiton for the 2007-08 season. Sporting News 2007-08 Preseason edition ranked Antelope Valley as the No. 7 best junior college team in the country for the upcoming season, and described Diakite as having a potential "NBA future".
"Mahamoud is a great young man, who will fit well into our program both on and off the court," said Schroyer. "He was an initial academic qualifier out of high school. He has a great upside on the court. Mahamoud will be one of the most athletic players I have ever had the opportunity to coach.
"He can rebound out of his area, and can defend three different positions. He will fill a huge piece of the puzzle in building the program we want here at Wyoming."
Diakite played one year at Western Illinois University in 2006-07 before transferring to Antelope Valley College where he will be a sophomore this season. His head coach at Antelope Valley will be Dieter Horton.
Horton described Diakite as one of the most athletic players in junior college basketball this season, and as athletic as any player he has seen in his 11 years as a junior college coach.
At Western Illinois, of the Mid-Continent Conference, Diakite played in 26 of 30 games as a true freshman. He scored a career high 11 points versus Utah Valley State and grabbed a personal best nine rebounds on the road versus Oral Roberts. He played a season high 28 minutes against Indiana, scoring five points, grabbing four rebounds and handing out two assists versus the Hoosiers.
Diakite was also recruited by Colorado State, Drake, Fresno State, Pacific and UC-Santa Barbara.
Originally from Mali, West Africa, Diakite grew up in Paris, France.