Updated as of 9/9/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Redshirt Senior
2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 54
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Strong finisher around the basket
Decent shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Fairly good defensive player
Fairly good shot blocker
Very good motor
Struggles to consistently create his own shot off the dribble
Can be too passive on offense
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Needs to improve his rebounding
Can be foul prone
May struggle to defend quicker players on the perimeter
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. This season, he’s shown a much improved jump shot to go along with possessing solid defensive skills. However, it’s unclear if his sudden emergence on offense will be permanent, and he also does not rebound the ball very well for a player his size. Right now, he is a second round prospect for the upcoming draft, but in a favorable scenario, he could project to be an effective role player in the NBA.
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