Hilltoppers sign JUCO standout Diagne to 2022 class

Kaden Gaylord-Day, Men's basketball reporter

WKU Men’s Basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced the signing of Fallou Diagne to the program’s Class of 2022 on Thursday.

“We’re excited to add Fallou to our team and program,” Stansbury said in a release. “He brings a lot of versatility. He’s a big man that can really shoot it, but his best days lie ahead of him with added strength. He comes from one of the top junior college programs in America. He’ll get better under Coach (Greg) Heiar this year.” 

Considered one of the top junior college players in the nation, Diagne will join the Hilltoppers after two seasons at Northwest Florida State College. He is a native of Dakar, Senegal.

He appeared in 20 games for the Raiders in the 2020-21 season, starting in eight of them. He averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. He shot 43.3% from the floor, shooting 35.7% from three-point range. 

Diagne scored a season-high 19 points on two occasions: once against State College of Florida, going 7 of 15 from the field, and again against Tallahassee where he shot 5 of 8 from the floor and went a perfect 8 for 8 at the free throw line. He also logged eight rebounds against South Georgia Tech and blocked three shots against Chipola.

He attended Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona, for his senior year of high school. As a junior, he averaged 18.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for Tri-City Christian School. He also shot 60% from the floor in that same season.

Diagne played in the JA48 Camp in the summer of 2021, an invitation-only camp for the top returning junior college players in the nation.

Men’s basketball reporter Kaden Gaylord-Day can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @_KLG3.