Updated on 7/22/21. Written by Alan Lu.
Professional Team: Reale Mutua Torino
Classification: International ‘00
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Has stretch big potential
Underrated passer for his size
Inconsistent long-range shooter
Can be reluctant to take threes
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Not an elite shot blocker
Can have lapses defensively, is also foul prone
Hasn’t played much at the highest levels of international basketball
Ousmane Diop is a strong, athletic big man that excels at making hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor. He played very well for Torino in Italy’s second division, professional league, and he had been an early entrant in the 2021 NBA Draft before later withdrawing. He’ll likely need to show NBA teams that he can play well at the highest levels, but he is a versatile player that could project to be a solid role player in the NBA.
ID Prospects’ Article on Notable Early Entrants amongst International Players for the 2021 Draft
Eurospects’ Article on Diop
YouTube’s 6/19/21 Torino-Tortona Highlights via Basket Torino Official
YouTube’s 6/5/21 Torino-Verona Highlights via Basket Torino Official
YouTube’s 3/3/21 Torino-Tortona Highlights via Basket Torino Official
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