OSU recruit is from Spain

Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood has signed versatile 6-7 forward Souleymane Diakite of Canterbury Academy in Spain to a National Letter of Intent.

Diakite (6-8, 230) from Mali, Africa, is considered one of the most versatile forwards in Spain thanks to his 7-foot-1 wing span and superior passing and rebounding ability. Diakite has the ball-handling skills to play any position on the floor, including bringing the ball up at the point.

“First of all, he has a ready-made body,” Underwood said. “He’s a very strong, athletic kid. His versatility is his biggest strength. He’s a guy who can play multiple positions. He’s actually played some point before at 6-8, 230 pounds. He’s got an uncanny ability to pass and sees the floor really well.”

Diakite helped CIBA place fourth in the Spanish National U16 Championships, where he led the team in scoring. He earned MVP honors at the Tenerife Tour, and was an All-Spanish League selection in 2016.

Diakite is originally from Mali, Africa, and plans to major in business at Oklahoma State.

“We’ve all been just fascinated with his ability to pass and how it fits into what we do from an offensive standpoint,” Underwood said. “Here’s a guy that can lead the break, and can someday be our leading rebounder as well. His versatility is a tremendous plus for us and we’re excited to have him here and get him involved in our program. He’s going to be a great fit for Cowboy Basketball for the next four years.”