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June 23, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Class of 2015 big man Cheick Diallo is still fairly new to the United States.
While at NBPA Top 100 Camp, the 6-foot-9 center out of Our Savior New American (NY) told VUSports.com that he has only been in America for about a year and a half.
He is originally from Africa and discussed the adjustment to coming over to the United States.
"English is my second language, I [did] not speak English, but somebody taught me here," Diallo said. "I know English."
Diallo said that he has only been playing basketball since 2010, but in that time he has developed in a superb player. In fact, Diallo was the Camp MVP at NBPA Top 100 Camp, over dozens of other talented players, most of whom are in the class of 2014.
En route to winning the camp championship, Diallo averaged 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, playing in six of his team's seven games. He had eight or more rebounds in five of the games he played and posted 15 points in two of them.
Earlier in the week, before being named the Most Valuable Player, Diallo said that being at the NBPA Top 100 Camp was a "very good experience."
In addition, the top 25 prospect spent some time discussing his recruitment.
"I have [a lot of] colleges, like Kentucky, Syracuse," Diallo said of who is recruiting him. "It's too much, I don't remember all of them. North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington. It's too much, I don't remember them all."
Diallo said that he does not know if Villanova is a school pursuing him and he does not know anything about the Big East program as of now.
The rising junior noted that he is not the one who keeps in touch with the coaches coming after him, though.
"All coaches talk to my high school coach," Diallo explained. "I don't know nothing. Afterwards he tells me."
The Empire State prospect has yet to determine what he is looking for when it comes to picking a school down the road.
"Not yet, I don't know yet because I'm a tenth grader," Diallo said. "Maybe next year I want to decide."
The post player also noted that he is unsure of his timetable for a commitment. In fact, he is focused on something besides his recruitment at this point in time.
"Now, my post moves and my jump shot," Diallo said.
He also spoke about his game as it stands now, beginning with his chief strength as a player.
"My rebounding," Diallo said, "defensive and offensive rebounding."
Of his primary weakness, Diallo remarked, "I need muscles . . . like power. I need to work on [that]."