Our Savior New American has long been a place that boasted a roster loaded with International talent. While Paster Ron Stelzer (who doubles as head coach) brings players from all over the globe to his school in Centerreach, NY, he seems to have the most luck bringing in elite talent from all over the continent of Africa. The 2012-13 roster may boast OSNA’s most talent ever, including emerging sophomore Cheick Diallo from Mali.
Standing 6’9 with a wingspan well over 7’0, you can’t help but be taken back by the appearance of a player barely old enough to get his drivers license. Diallo has a frame that has plenty of potential to fill out and plays the game with a passion uncommon for most young big men. His intensity helps him especially on the defensive end, where he has proven to be a dominating shot-blocker who is willing to rebound the ball outside of his area. Additionally, Diallo has shown impressive range stepping out and defending on the perimeter for a player with relatively little playing experience. On the offensive end, the majority of his scoring comes via the way of finishes around the rim, whether it be with either hand or a dunk. Cheick is still raw in terms of post moves, but has shown glimpses of a jump hook and turnaround jumper that could completely take him to another level if he is able to convert more consistently.
With so few services ranking 2015 players, it’s tough to project exactly where Diallo is now. His ability to change the game on defense makes him a top-50 player on the low end and continued improvement of his back to the basket game could easily land him in the top 25 by the time the summer rolls around. Diallo currently owns offers from Arizona, Iowa State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Washington, Rutgers, and a handful of other programs.