On Monday, Pitt hosted class-of-2023 big man Matar Diop on an unofficial visit.
Diop, a 6-foot-9 forward, projects as a four/five man at the next level. The Dakar, Senegal native spent two years at NBA Academy Africa prior to moving to the United States and taking his talents to Keystone Athletic Academy in Erie, PA where he currently competes.
PSN scouted Diop in mid-August at the A1 Exposure event, where he displayed above-average athleticism, explosiveness, and speed in transition among other skills. Diop possesses a muscular frame with long arms that allow him to protect the rim and rebound with ease. While he is certainly an under-the-radar prospect, Diop has an improving skill set, a college-ready body, and eye-opening athleticism.
Keystone Academy (PA) 6’9 2024 F Matar Diop was one of the standouts at the #TrainingDay Prospect ID Camp‼️
• Fluid + physical athlete— possesses great footwork in and out of ball-screens, able to catch the ball in traffic and finish well above the rim… rebounds and RUNS🔥📈 pic.twitter.com/hAC7wNFC6m
— A1_Exposure (@a1_exposure) August 15, 2022
On Monday night, Diop told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he enjoyed his Pitt visit alongside head coach Jeff Capel as well as assistant coach Jason Capel. He said that he felt as though the staff really wanted him and liked him there.
According to Keystone coach Tom Droney, Diop is hearing most often from Charlotte, Boston College, Rutgers, and Eastern Michigan as of Monday. He holds reported offers from Charlotte and Eastern Michigan out of those four. Pitt has not offered yet, but keep an eye out for Diop as one of the Panthers’ top forward options in the ’23 class.