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Four-star 2015 power forward Moustapha Diagne picks Syracuse

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Entering the weekend with three verbal commitments in the 2015 class, Syracuse has been one of the most productive programs in the country when it comes to putting together their next recruiting haul. Saturday evening the crop put together by Jim Boeheim and his staff grew even larger, as four-star power forward Moustapha Diagne announced his decision to commit to the ACC school at the Mary Kline Classic in West Orange, N.J.

As a junior at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., Diagne posted averages of 17.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game on a team that finished the season with a 20-8 record. Diagne narrowed his choices to Syracuse and Memphis, but most of the chatter leading up to the announcement was that he would be picking the Orange.

With Diagne on board Syracuse has a four-member 2015 recruiting class, with guards Franklin Howard and Malachi Richardson and forward Tyler Lydon having already made their pledges to the program. Following the 2014-15 season the Orange will lose rising senior Rakeem Christmas, with players such as Dajuan Coleman and the recently qualified Chris McCullough having eligibility remaining.

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Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.