Mamadi Diakite has decided to graduate early and head over to UVA as a redshirt freshmen. He’s coming off a huge senior year as he won a state championship at Blue Ridge School and then won an Adidas Super 64 championship for Team Loaded VA. Diakite is 6-10 and a superb athlete with an increasingly impressive skill set. He can go up to the top of the backboard and is a high level rim protector. He’s getting more and more comfortable playing from the perimeter, knocking down 3s and attacking from the wing. He’s got a nice jump hook and is getting better with his back to the basket. Coach Tony Bennett got a good one and as Mamadi puts on weight this year as a redshirt freshmen he should be ready to go the following year.