Coming off their NIT championship, Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino is already seeing rewards on the recruiting trail, picking up his fourth commitment for his 2014 class. Senegalese F/C Gaston Diedhiou is primed to sign his letter of intent next week.
Diedhiou is originally from Senegal, and most recently played in Spain at the Canarias Basketball Academy, which has produced other NCAA talents like Florida State's center Boris Bojanovsky. Diedhiou, who is 6'9" and over 200 lbs (reports vary from 206 to 240), is a bouncy, explosive forward who has the body to handle the rugged play down low in the Big Ten.
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The big man even shows a bit of an ability to run the floor. He's still a bit raw, and will get a chance to learn behind Maurice Walker and Elliott Eliason before he's forced into a more prominent role.
Diedhiou joins fellow 2014 commits PF Josh Martin, SG Carlos Morris, and PG Nate Mason Jr. and rounds out a solid first class for Pitino.