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UConn Men: Meet The Newcomers, Introducing The 'Top Five'

UConn Men: Meet The Newcomers, Introducing The 'Top Five'

MAMADOU DIARRA

F, Queens, N.Y.

First picking up basketball in junior high, Diarra blossomed into a high major front court prospect at Putnam Science Academy. He was the first of the 2016 recruiting class to commit to UConn, and has shown the will to go get the loose ball.

Kevin Ollie: "A very tough player, an old-school player. You've seen a lot of our teams over the years have had toughness. I think that's what he's going to bring. He's a rebounding machine, he's got to get his legs back under him, and I think you'll see some monster rebounds. He's old school. He doesn't do a lot of pump-faking, it's all dunks, which I...

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