Buffs add local top 100 national talent in Diop

ROCKS – For the second time in just under a week, the University of Colorado men’s basketball team has made a splash down the recruiting path, this time with a local angle.

Assane Diopa four-star and second-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 Tuesday during the NCAA early signing period.

Diop is the third member of the Colorado Class of 2023 to join the five-star small-forward Cody Williams (Gilbert, Arizona) and Four Star Guard Courtney Anderson (Vallejo, California), who both signed with the Buffaloes on November 9th.

“Really excited about Assane Diop,” Boyle said. He’s a great young man. First of all a great personality and he will be a great teammate. But he’s a guy who plays extremely hard; He has a huge ceiling. Big skills for a big guy, you know, he’s not really an interior guy. He really isn’t that big.

“In today’s positional play, basketball, he fits really, really well because he can, he can walk on the ground, he can block shots, dribble a ball, he becomes a better shooter and a good defender. He plays with such energy and he’s such a great teammate. He’ll be a great addition to our program and he’ll be a great buff.

A native of Senegal, Diop is a 6ft, 10in, 200lb all-around forward who has lived in Colorado for the past three years and relocated 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 at the Accelerated Schools of Denver.

A national consensus top 100 prospect, Diop is ranked 56th in the ESPN Top100 and 10 overallth best in his position. He is ranked No. 91 in the nation according to 247Sports Composite Rankings and 12th Rankingsth-best postal player in the nation. Diop is ranked 110 according to Rivals.

Diop helped Wesminster’s Belleview Christian to the 2020-21 sophomore year Colorado Class 1A State Championship. Diop spent his junior season at Denver Prep Academy and played at The Grind Session, a national basketball circuit where he averaged eight points and nearly nine rebounds per game.

With Diop’s signing, Colorado took 15th placeth best class in the nation according to 247Sports and 19thth best on the list of rivals.

“[This class]has a little bit of everything,” Boyle said. “Great height, great length, great ability, great athletics; three guys who will help make this program that much better and we’re very excited.”