6’9” / 228lbs / Forward
Mamadi Diakite is a 6’9”, 228 lbs forward who spent his 2018-19 season playing as an integral member of the NCAA champion team, the Virginia Cavaliers. The Guinea-born athlete moved to the United States in 2014, where he carved his named as a top college prospect - playing two seasons at Blue Ridge boarding school and being recognized as a consensus four-star recruit.
As a redshirt junior at Virginia, he played a significant role during the NCAA tournament, most notably making a buzzer-beating jumper in the South Region final to force overtime. The top-seeded Cavaliers went on to defeat No. 3 seed Purdue, 80-75, to reach the school’s first Final Four since 1984.
Diakite averaged career highs this season of 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 21.8 minutes. He shot 55.7 percent for his career and started 23 of 104 games.
“I have grown so much from my first day on Grounds both on and off the court, which is why I am confident in announcing my intentions to declare for the NBA Draft,” Diakite shared with his fans on Instagram. We’re pleased to have Mamadi as a member of our #DSMFamily and wish him the best on his new journey!