Diakite the latest Cavalier to enter name in NBA Draft

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 5:52 PM EDT
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Mamadi Diakite has added his name to the list of University of Virginia men's basketball players who will test the NBA Draft waters over the next few months.

Diakite announced Wednesday afternoon on Instagram that he is declaring for this year's draft. The redshirt junior forward joins guards De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy as players from this year's NCAA championship team who have entered their names into the draft process.

"I have grown so much from my first day on Grounds both on and off the court which is why I am confident in announcing my intentions to declare for the NBA Draft," Diakite posted on Instagram. "I know that UVA will always hold a special place in my heart."

Diakite's 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 21.8 minutes per game this season were all career highs. He started 22 games for the Wahoos this season, including the Cavaliers' last five games during their NCAA Tournament run. He averaged 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in those six tournament games.

Diakite also hit what will surely go down as one of the most legendary shots in UVA history en route to that NCAA title. His buzzer-beater off a mid-court feed from Kihei Clark forced overtime in the Wahoos' eventual Elite Eight win against Purdue.

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