Mamoudou Diarra, a 6-foot-9 forward, pledges to play for the Huskies. His addition pushes UW to the top of many 2017 recruiting lists.

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The Washington men’s basketball team landed an unheralded big man to what was already a bountiful haul of 2017 prospects.

The addition of Mamoudou Diarra, a 6-foot-9 forward who plays at St. Louis Christian Academy in Missouri, gives the Huskies the highest-rated recruiting class in the country, according to a couple of recruiting websites.

The Bamako, Mali native joins a class that includes five-star forward Michael Porter Jr., four-star wing Jaylen Nowell and three-star guard Blake Harris.

Washington ranked second on 2017 recruiting list compiled by and before Diarra’s commitment and now the Huskies move to the top of the rankings.

Diarra’s recruitment had been a little bit under the radar and perhaps overshadowed by UW’s attempts to secure Porter, who is considered one of the top three 2017 prospects. Diarra also does not appear on any of the notable recruiting services.

Still, the athletic big man from Africa with the 7-foot-2 wingspan drew a lot of attention last week at the adidas Gauntlet tournament in Las Vegas where he averaged 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Diarra held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Marquette and New Mexico, according to Scout. He also reportedly drew interest from Colorado and Kansas State.

And to punctuate Diarra’s announcement, UW assistant coach Raphael Chillious tweeted a bitmoji of himself dabbing which has become a common practice this summer after recruits verbally commit to the Huskies. (Per NCAA rules, coaches and players with college teams are prohibited to comment on prospective recruits.)


— Former Washington wing Donaven Dorsey will reportedly transfer to Montana. The news was first reported by Left Coast Recruiting.