Now that Paolo Banchero and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield are off the board, it was only a matter of time until a new frontcourt target emerged for Kentucky.
Moussa Diabate is someone the Wildcats had shown some interest in, but now he’s fully established on their big board.
On Tuesday, Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Diabate, according to Jake Weingarten.
Kentucky offered five-star prospect Moussa Diabate this afternoon, his coach told @Stockrisers. The IMG Academy starter is a consensus Top-20 prospect.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 8, 2020
It was reported back in December that Kentucky was showing interest in the 2021 forward, who is currently ranked seventh overall by ESPN, 20th by 247 Sports, and 27th by Rivals. He plays at IMG Academy in Florida and holds offers from Arizona, Oregon, Alabama, Memphis, Michigan, Florida State and Arkansas among others.
The 6-10, 215-pound Frenchman is also someone current Kentucky pledge Nolan Hickman said he’s recruiting to Lexington.
“I’m definitely reaching out to Patrick Baldwin Jr. later today. Moussa [Diabate] ... I plan on reaching out to a few,” Hickman said in August.
Currently, there are no 247 Sports Crystal Ball or Rivals FutureCast predictions logged. Something tells me that could be changing soon if he has a committable offer from the Wildcats.
Here is what 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer had to say about Diabate while projecting him as a future first-round pick and comparing him to former Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal.
“Long arms at 6-9. Energetic athlete who plays with aggression and a competitive edge. Thrives on contact and has an unorthodox style that is physically intimidating. High level rebounder who goes out of his area to pursue the ball. Very limited shooting range. Not uncomfortable with the ball but not a playmaker. A versatile and adept defender. Quality shot blocker. Has great potential as a high energy defender, rebounder type.”
Check out some highlights of Diabate in action: