Jeff Capel has been diligently working to assemble a quality 2019 recruiting class. With the Panthers lack of size, the coaching staff has placed a priority on 7-foot, 220-pound center Ibrahima Diallo from Prolific Prep in California. The towering 2019 prospect has an amazing 7-foot-9-inch wingspan. He visited the Panthers in early February and he recently updated Pittsburgh Sports Now on his recruitment.
“I was very impressed by the people I met (at Pitt). Everybody I spoke with liked the school. The coaching staff, the players, the people were all very nice there. They were amazing,” said Diallo. “I really like the Pitt program. The Oakland Zoo was amazing. There were a lot of things I liked about the school. It would be a great opportunity and I really enjoyed my visit.”
“I felt pretty good chemistry (with the Pitt players). We didn’t talk about playing time. You are going to earn your playing time so we didn’t discuss that. I’m in touch with someone from the Pitt staff every day.”
Diallo is down to three schools: Pitt, Ohio State and LSU. He plans on visiting Ohio State this weekend. Ibrahima indicated that Ohio State and LSU have yet to offer a scholarship but one may be offered during the official visit. He has yet to solidify a visit date with LSU. Florida State, South Florida and DePaul had previously extended scholarship offers.
“I’m looking at a great school, a school that has a good basketball program and offers a great education as well. That’s what I’m looking for in the next part of my life now.”
When asked about his strengths on the basketball court, he stated, “I can change the game. I can change the game on defense, offense, rebounding and blocked shots. I can score at the low post and defend.
“I want to make my final decision by the end of this month.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru