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Missouri Transfer Mohamed Diarra Commits to NC State

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NC State picked up their 5th transfer today. Mohamed Diarra (6’10″/215) committed to run with the Wolfpack today while in Raleigh on an Official Visit.

Diarra originally spent his first two seasons at Garden City Community College, averaging 17.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in his second season. He landed at Missouri last year, after being rated as the #1 JUCO prospect in the 2022 class according to JucoRecruiting.com.

In his only season at Missouri, Diarra averaged 11.7 minutes per game in 25 games played (6 starts), averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. Because of the extra year due to Covid, Diarra has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

With news breaking today that Dusan Mahorcic entered the Transfer Portal, the Wolfpack found his replacement. NC State’s frontcourt in 2023-24 currently will be made up of D.J. Burns, Ben Middlebrooks, Mohamed Diarra and Ernest Ross.

Check out these highlights of Diarra.

There is a lot to like in Diarra’s game. He is athletic, can hit a jump shot, put the ball on the floor, can play defense on the perimeter, block shots, and is an aggressive rebounder.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago

Hopefully this doesn’t mean anything, but Morsell and Miranda are testing the NBA waters. I am assuming this is similar to what Smith did last year. However, I would be trying extra hard to get Bradley to commit.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 month ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Completely agree. I heard Bradley visited us, then Memphis, and was going to consider other schools as well. Hopefully we are still working it. It makes sense for Miranda to get NBA feedback. And it seems logical that the advice he’d get would include that he should play at least one year of college ball. He’s never played against tough competition. This is where NIL makes a difference, I think. Pre-NIL, his choice might have been ‘get paid in the G League’ or nothing. Now he can get paid and benefit from a year at school working on his game… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago
Reply to  Papajohn

This crap every year is getting very old. Why can’t the NCAA do for basketball as they have done for football and baseball. You select college, you stay at least three from your high school graduation. One transfer is bad enough but committing and then changing your mind midstream is frustrating for fans as well as coaches.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 month ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Football players can transfer pretty freely.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago
Reply to  Afterglow

That’s true, but at least football and baseball have to stay in college for three years in some compacity (transfer once, transfer and sit out a year, medical red shirt, etc.). I don’t understand how basketball coaches can put up with this mess now. Just look at the number of players recruited and commited to State by KK that didn’t even get there.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 month ago

I was worried about the 4 when Clark & Gantt left. Now we have the opposite problem. Where do you play Rice? Unless he’s still recovering from the back issue, he’s too good to sit on the bench. He needs playing time. He’s not a PG, Taylor and Morsell are locked in at the 2 & 3. He could probably backup those positions (but they are already probably 2 deep), but they will be the primary. So he’s got to play the 4. Ross, Diarra, and Miranda also will prefer to play the 4. and backup the 5 as needed.… Read more »

Rev
Rev
1 month ago

The staff was spot on with Burns and Mahorcic (and Clark) last year. Gotta trust their evaluation of both Middlebrooks and Diarra. Adding Rice to that equation makes me feel like we upgraded from Ebe, Gantt, and Clark. Miranda is a wild card that I can’t wait to watch. Both Miranda and D.Parker will benefit from having more experienced guys to bang with in practice.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 month ago

I know that’s a highlight reel, and he didn’t play much, but he looks really athletic for 6’10”, hustles, and appears to have good hands. I think he has potential.

Rev
Rev
1 month ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Found a box of old LPs and got to thinking about your handle…. Not too many rock bands had a true violinist. PapaJohn Creach played with Hot Tuna in the 70’s. Just wonderin

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 month ago
Reply to  Rev

LPs? What are they??? LOL (I used to have over 1,000)
I remember Hot Tuna, they were guys from Jefferson Airplane, right? Can’t recall a hit song. I’ll have to look them up.
Our kids call me Papa, birth certificate says John, then this pizza chain came along and the kids gave me a hat…

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D.J. Burns is OFFICIALLY BACK!

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Well, it’s OFFICIAL. D.J Burns will be returning to NC State for his final year of collegiate eligibility!

 

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This confirms everything I’d been hearing about the return of Burns. Burns was the key to the Wolfpack offense running effectively this past year. He averaged 12.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2022-23, but he elevated his game in ACC play, averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference games.

Burns is celebrating his return to run with the Wolfpack by dropping his own Big 30 merch. Go over and snag something.

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Isaiah Miranda is an Early Entry Candidate for the 2023 NBA Draft

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The NBA released the names of the 242 players that have filed as early entry candidates for NBA Draft 2023 last night, and NC State’s Isaiah Miranda’s name was on the list.

Miranda (7’1″/225) joined the Wolfpack back in December, deciding to forgo the remainder of his prep season. Miranda didn’t see the court for NC State, resulting in a redshirt season.

ON3 ranked Miranda as the #16 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

It makes perfect sense for a player like Miranda, with his height and athleticism, to go through the draft process to be evaluated on what he needs to continue to work on. As an early entrant, Miranda has the ability to pull his name out of the draft and remain a collegiate athlete.

I don’t expect Miranda to keep his name in the hat when the time comes. From what I hear his game has tons of potential, but he still needs to fine tune his craft. Also, Miranda shared this on social media, implying he will be back in the Red and White next year.

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Missouri Transfer Mohamed Diarra is On an Official Visit to NC State Today

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Missouri Transfer Mohamed Diarra (6’10″/215) is on an Official Visit to NC State today. Diarra originally spent his first two seasons at Garden City Community College, averaging 17.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in his second season. He landed at Missouri last year, after being rated as the #1 JUCO prospect in the 2022 class according to JucoRecruiting.com.

In his only season at Missouri, Diarra averaged 11.7 minutes per game in 25 games played (6 starts), averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. Because of the extra year due to Covid, Diarra has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Diarra entered the Transfer Portal on March 28th.

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Dusan Mahorcic Enters the Transfer Portal

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On April 21st, NC State big man Dusan Mahorcic revealed that the ACC had approved his medical hardship waiver, giving him an extra year of collegiate eligibility.

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Then last night, news broke that Mahorcic had entered the transfer portal.

From what I’m hearing, the Wolfpack coaching staff offered Mahorcic a medical hardship. The expectation is that Dusan might not be ready until February, because he had a second surgery after the first. With a medical hardship, Mahorcic could go to school, practice, and rehab, but not play. Mahorcic wasn’t interested in this option.

We wish Dusan the best!

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