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Mamadou Diarra, Connecticut Prep Star, Commits To UConn

Mamadou Diarra, Connecticut Prep Star, Commits To UConn

WOODSTOCK — Mamadou Diarra was outside the school library Friday morning, making the final phone call of his recruiting process. It was to tell the coaches at Virginia Commonwealth where he would be going in 2016. Then Diarra walked in, sat down behind the microphone and donned a UConn ball cap, telling the world, "I will be attending the University of Connecticut," as a smile spread across his face and his prep school teammates applauded. Diarra, a 6-foot-8 power forward who just graduated from Putnam Science Academy, is the Huskies' first commitment from the Class of 2016. With Putnam Science closing, he will play as a post-grad at Woodstock Academy next season,...

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