CENTEREACH, NEW YORK -- Konimba Diarra, a 6-9, 220-pound center from Our Savior New American, continues to improve each aspect of his game.
Diarra, who possesses a bundle of energy, can still be considered a little bit raw. But over the course of this season, he has become more confident in handling the ball in the low post and looking for his shot.
Diarra will need to improve his hands if he is to be a highly successful player on the college level. He tends to reach and not move his feet when he goes up for rebounds or tries to grab loose balls in the paint.
He is learning how to seal his man in the low post to make the entry pass more clean for the guards. This is another area, Diarra and other big men, have to polish if they expect to be recruited on a high level.
Diarra is athletic enough to run the floor and keep up with the pace of the Our Savior New American offense. Diarra looked sharp against Solebury this past weekend. He scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and blocked five shots. But more work needs to be done for Diarra to be an impact player.
The upside is there in his game. And he is willing to learn. He has a wonderful attitude on and off the court, giving him a better opportunity to succeed.
Among the schools that Diarra is interested in are Texas A&M, Texas, Syracuse, Villanova, Connecticut, Seton Hall, St. John's, Rutgers, Hartford, Ohio State, Louisville, and Kentucky. Diarra is open in his recruiting process. How he plays this summer will determine how high Konimba is recruited this Fall.