Friday May 22nd, 2015

Mamadou Diarra, a highly regarded power forward prospect, verbally committed to UConn on Friday.

Diarra chose the Huskies over Virginia Commonwealth.

"UConn is the school I always had in mind," Diarra said, according to the Hartford Courant. "Coach Ollie and I have a great relationship. He's the coach I want to play for."

Diarra attended Putnam Science (Ct.) Academy last season but will play at Woodstock (Ct.) Academy this season.

Rivals.com rates the 6'8,'' 225-pound forward a three-star prospect in the class of 2016.

He is the first player in that class to commit to the Huskies.

• Winners & losers from spring signing period

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.