By Tom Ballato
Stony Brook University and coach Geno Ford have landed junior college transfer Mohamed Diallo.
The 6-foot-6 wing/forward, who is a native of Harlem, New York, played the last two seasons at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
As a freshman, Diallo averaged 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He followed that with 13.5 points and 6 rebounds per game during his sophomore season.
“It was different. As a recruit, you expect to go on visits and get a vibe of the campus. You want to get a vibe of the coaches and players that are there, but it all worked out,” Diallo said about the recruiting process.
Stony Brook gets a versatile wing/forward that likes to play both sides of the ball. “I like to score and get to the bucket when I can. I like to shoot off the dribble, and I like to score off of what the defense gives me.”
Out of high school, Diallo wasn’t highly recruited. When he got to junior college, the game was faster, tougher, and past two seasons made him the player he is today, according to Diallo.
“Coach Geno Ford reached out a few weeks ago, and it was a great vibe right off the bat. I don’t have an idea of my role, but like any other player, I know I have to come in and play hard. Do what is best for the team,” Diallo told The Next Prospect.
He chose Stony Brook over offers from Cal State Fullerton and Tarleton State University (they will be transitioning to Division I). Coming home and having his family watch him play factored into his decision to commit to Stony Brook.
After losing Miles Latimer (Bucknell), Jeff Otchere (UTRGV), Anthony Ochefu, Elijah Olaniyi, Andrew Garcia, and Makale Foreman as transfers in the past few weeks, Diallo becomes the latest to commit to Stony Brook from junior college. Diallo brings size, scoring, and a hard work ethic to the Seawolves.
Diallo will have two years of eligibility remaining.