Buffs Add Local, Top 100 National Talent In Diop
BOULDER – For the second time in just under a week, the University of Colorado men's basketball team has made a splash on the recruiting trail, this time with a local angle.
Assane Diop, a four-star and the No. 2 ranked prospect in the state of Colorado has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Buffaloes for the 2023-24 season, head coach Tad Boyle announced on Tuesday during the NCAA Early Signing Period.
Diop is the third member of Colorado's Class of 2023 joining five-star small forward Cody Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.) and four-star guard Courtney Anderson (Vallejo, Calif.) who both signed with the Buffaloes on Nov. 9.
"Really excited about Assane Diop," Boyle said. He's a terrific young man. First of all, great personality, and he's going to be a great teammate. But he's a guy that plays extremely hard; he's got a huge ceiling. Great skill set for a big guy, you know, he's not he's really not an interior guy. He's really not a big.
"In today's game of positional is basketball, he fits in really, really well because he can he can run the floor, he can block shots, dribble a ball, he's becoming a better shooter and a good defender. He plays with such energy and such effort. He's such a great teammate. He's going t be a great addition to our program and He's going to be a great Buff."
A native of Senegal, Diop is a 6-foot, 10-inch, 200-pound do-it-all forward who has lived in Colorado the last three years, moving to the United States to pursue basketball and educational opportunities. He is currently preparing for his senior season at Accelerated Prep, a private basketball program associated with Accelerated Schools of Denver.
A consensus Top 100 national prospect, Diop is rated No. 56 overall in the ESPN Top100 and 10th best at his position. He is ranked No. 91 in the nation according to 247Sports Composite Rankings and the 12th-best post player in the nation. Diop is in the No. 110 position according to Rivals.
Diop helped Wesminster's Belleview Christian to the Colorado Class 1A State Championship as a sophomore in 2020-21. Diop spent his junior season at Denver Prep Academy, playing on The Grind Session, a national-travel basketball circuit, averaging eight points and nearly nine rebounds per game.
With Diop's signing, Colorado has the 15th best class in the nation according to 247Sports and the 19th best on Rivals' list.
"(This class) has a little bit of everything," Boyle said. "Great size, great length, great skill, great athleticism; three guys who are going to help make this program a lot better and we're extremely excited."