Standing 7’1” out of DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida is big man Assane Diouf. The 280-pound center, newly classified to the 2018 class, is an intriguing prospect originally from Senegal like Tech’s own Abdoulaye Gueye.
When Diouf is not vibin’ to Kodak Black, he is on the block or in the paint, where he knows he does most of his damage. “Right now, the strongest part of my game is my footwork,” said Diouf. “I try to model my game after Joel 'The Process' Embiid and Hakeem Olajuwon.” Assane Diouf runs the floor extremely well and is very agile for his size. He credits playing soccer growing up with helping his mobility.
While Assane protects the rim well and can throw down powerful dunks, he still has some developing to do. “The weakest part of my game right now is my ball handling,” stated Diouf. As many now recognize, Georgia Tech’s big man coach Eric Reveno is a wizard with big man development. That can only make you excited when you think about the possibility of Diouf working with him.
A random fact that should make Georgians happy: Diouf’s favorite food is Chick-Fil-A. More importantly, he would like a career in business once his basketball career is over. That could make Georgia Tech's renowned Scheller College of Business a factor in his recruitment.
According to Andrew Slater of 247 Sports, Diouf has offers from Georgia Tech, Rutgers, UMass and Coastal Carolina, among others. He is also receiving interest from VCU, TCU, Baylor, and New Mexico. He has a top 5 but is not quite ready to release it yet.
Diouf has been to Atlanta twice and says he plans on visiting schools again in April and, “within a short time, I should know” on when a commitment is coming.
Stay tuned for more updates.