Freshman forward/center Moustapha Diagne won’t enroll at Syracuse

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One of Syracuse’s most important recruits in the Class of 2015 reportedly will not be joining the program this season, leaving the Orange one option short in the post.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, forward/center Moustapha Diagne will not enroll at Syracuse this season and will instead attend junior college. The school confirmed the news via press release shortly thereafter. For a team that has to account for the loss of both Chris McCullough (who missed most of the season with a torn ACL) and one of the nation’s most productive big men in Rakeem Christmas, this is a tough personnel hit to take at this point in the offseason.

The loss of Diagne means that even more will be asked of players such as junior Tyler Roberson and freshman Tyler Lydon in 2015-16. Also available are juniors Chinoso Obokoh and DaJuan Coleman, with the former playing sparingly last season and the latter dealing with injuries throughout his college career.

Syracuse added 7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu to the program earlier this summer, but the Providence transfer won’t be eligible to compete per NCAA transfer rules.