Report: Moustapha Diagne cleared to play for Western Kentucky

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Western Kentucky received more positive news on Wednesday as big man Moustapha Diagne has been cleared to play by the NCAA. The news of Diagne’s eligibility was first reported by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.

The 6-foot-9 Diagne gives the Hilltoppers some valuable depth on the interior as Western Kentucky is right in the thick of the Conference USA race. Diagne isn’t the only Hilltopper to gain recent eligibility as freshman Josh Anderson just played in his first game of the season last Saturday, scoring 16 points in a Western Kentucky win over Marshall.

As the tallest player on the roster besides senior center Dwight Coleby, Diagne should give the Hilltoppers another rebounder and rim protector. A former Syracuse commit, Diagne is a redshirt sophomore after spending time at Northwest Florida State College.

Western Kentucky is currently battling for the top spot in Conference USA with Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Marshall and UAB.