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Twitter Reactions: Alpha Diallo Commits to PC


The last time Alpha Diallo stepped on a basketball court he scored 35 points and grabbed eight rebounds with eight assists in the Prep School National Championship against Hargrave Academy.

Diallo and his Brewster Academy club would fall in overtime that day to Hargrave, who eventually won the prep title and finished 47-1 on the season, but Diallo’s terrific effort capped a whirlwind nine months for the wing who went from a relative unknown to a top 100 player in a very good class of 2016.

Diallo’s breakout came on the Adidas Circuit last summer and continued into a prep season at Brewster in which he played some of his best games at the biggest moments — 23 points against St. Thomas More in December, 23 more versus NEPSAC AAA champion Northfield Mount Hermon a month later, 21 against Bruce Brown and Vermont Academy at the Hoop Hall Classic in January, and 15/9/7 the next time Brewster met Northfield.

His strong play continued over the final six weeks of the season, with 34 points and 10 boards against Bridgton, 18 and 13 versus Tilton, 25 points when Brewster played IMG in the prep nationals, and finally the explosion against Hargrave to close out his high school career.

Diallo committed to Ed Cooley and Providence on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Friars their first ESPN top 100 player in two years and rounding out a sneaky good group of newcomers that includes former Indiana big man Emmitt Holt, Virginia point guard Maliek White and George Mason transfer Isaiah Jackson.

The 6’6 wing is a scorer, and if Providence returns Ben Bentil next season Cooley will have his deepest team in six seasons at PC.

News of Diallo’s commitment made waves across Twitter.

Twitter: @Kevin_Farrahar


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