NCB On The Trail: Ibrahima Diallo

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I had a chance to watch Ibrahima Diallo (Winston-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Academy) play on a few occasions this fall and winter.

He owns a long frame with an enormous wing span and a soft touch inside. His best basketball is down the road, as he would be a perfect candidate for a redshirt. He needs to learn how to play inside with his back to the basket along with needing to add some overall body strength.

“After his official visit to Rutgers, the staff stayed in strong contact with Diallo,” said Isaac Pitts, Diallo's head coach at Quality Education Academy.

“He is excited about playing in the Big Ten and has become very close to current Rutgers freshman Junior Etou.”

Other programs that showed interest were Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Nebraska and Chattanooga.

This is a solid pickup for Rutgers with some long-term benefits.

Charlotte Hoops Challenge recap 

December, 2, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hoops Challenge continues to grow, and a field of competitive teams both from inside North Carolina and beyond were in attendance. Here are some players who made an impression.

Most impressive: 6-foot-1 SG Jordan Watkins (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day)
The Davidson signee was in control of the tempo and contributed 19 points in a close win against Hough. Watkins is quick and fast and is best with the ball in his hands and starting the transition game. When the games slows down, he sets up the offense while looking for opportunities from the defense. Watkins navigates well in pick and roll, as he has the ability to nail a 3-point shot from behind the screen.

Best uncommitted outside of ESPN 100 

October, 15, 2013
It’s getting to be that time of year when commitments are coming at rapidly increasing rates and college programs are quickly moving on to Plan B and Plan C if they haven’t gotten who they were hoping for in the 2014 class.

A quick look inside the ESPN 100 reveals that only 26 players remain on the board, but in virtually all of those cases the players aren’t necessarily open to new suitors as much as they are deciding between a select few programs.

But there is plenty of talent outside of the ESPN 100. And several of those players could help a high-major program in search of impact talent for next season.

So we asked our RecruitingNation experts one simple question:

Who is the best uncommitted prospect not in the ESPN 100?

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