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Michigan gets surprise commitment from five-star big Moussa Diabate

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A stunning announcement on Monday.

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The Michigan Wolverines have added to the No. 1 recruiting class in college basketball in 2021, landing the services of five-star big man Moussa Diabate. This is a stunning announcement and there was no indication that this was coming, but here it is.

Diabate is the No. 20 player in the 2021 class and is the sixth-ranked power forward, per the 247Sports composite rankings. At 6-foot-10, 215 pounds, he fills the need that Michigan sorely needed in the paint in this class.

247Sports’ Jerry Meyer compares him to Gani Lawal of Georgia Tech fame:

Long arms at 6-9. Energetic athlete who plays with aggression and a competitive edge. Thrives on contact and has an unorthodox style that is physically intimidating. High level rebounder who goes out of his area to pursue the ball. Very limited shooting range. Not uncomfortable with the ball but not a playmaker. A versatile and adept defender. Quality shot blocker. Has great potential as a high energy defender, rebounder type.

Diabate joins a class that includes five-star forward Caleb Houstan (No. 8 overall), four-star guards Frankie Collins (No. 59), Kobe Bufkin (No. 64) and Isaiah Barnes (No. 115) and three-star forward Will Tschetter (No. 156). The early signing period begins on Wednesday, so we’ll see who comes in and makes it official.