It was two seasons ago that RivalsHoops.com had its first look at Our Savior New American center Konimba Diarra. The young man from Mali was raw and was learning the game.
Two years later, Diarra has become a more polished player. He still has some significant strides to make to be better prepared for the tough competition on the college leve. But Diarra can certainly help make an impact now.
Diarra has signed on with South Florida. At 6-9, 230-pounds, Diarra now possesses a soft touch from the foul line and has become an impact player in blocking shots on the defensive end.
RivalsHoops.com has seen Diarra play many times over the past two years. What has been impressive is not only his improvement but his desire to compete and have fun with the game. Diarra takes his game very seriously too. His confidence level is so much higher now than it was two years ago. The quality of the competition Diarra faced while at Our Savior certainly helped improve his individual game.
South Florida battled some tough competition to nail down the commitment. 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 also runs the floor well. His improvement can also be traced back to the competition he faced during summer AAU play. Diarra had 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.