South Florida is going to be very happy with Konimba Diarra, the 6-9, 230-pound center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York. Diarra, who has given a verbal commitment to South Florida and plans on signing with them in the November signing period, has vastly improved his offensive game.
RivalsHoops.com has seen Diarra play many times. Diarra has always had the willingness to improve his game. He has done so over the past year. He has developed a nice touch around the foul line and has much more confidence in taking the ball to the basket.
Several times Diarra faced Charlie Villanueva this past Sunday in an All Star event held on the campus of Hofstra. Diarra made some nice moves and held his own, despite Villanueva ringing Diarra's bell with a thundering dunk.
Diarra had visited St. Joseph's officially too. The native of Mali also had some interest from Richmond at one time during his recruiting process.
Diarra is blessed with a sturdy frame and good athleticism. He runs the floor well, and impacts the game the most on the defensive end of the floor and on the glass.
Diarra has suited up in the past with the Minutemen (coached by Bill Sisti) and with The New York Elite AAU team, coached by Erik Jasklitsch and Chris Phillips.
Konimba still needs a qualifying SAT score, and will take the test again this fall.