Mamadi Diakite

Height: 6-9
Weight: 230
College: Virginia
Classification: Redshirt Senior
Birthdate: 1/21/1997

2020 Top 75 Prospect Rank: 39
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round


Strong finisher around the basket
Decent low post scorer
Decent shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Good defensive player
Good shot blocker
Good athlete
Very good motor


Needs to improve his face-up game
Can be too passive on offense
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Needs to improve his rebounding
Can be foul prone
A bit undersized to play inside


Mamadi Diakite is an athletic, high-motor big man that could project to be a rim protector in the NBA.  He was the backbone of Virginia’s defense, as he helped his team win a National Championship.  However, he doesn’t look to score very often, and he also does not rebound the ball very well for a player his size.  Right now, he may be a borderline second round candidate for the upcoming draft, but in a favorable scenario, he could project to be an effective role player as a Joel Anthony type in the association.


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