With two open spots still to fill for the 2023-24 season, Nebraska made a surprise addition on Sunday.
2023 Erie (Pennsylvania) Keystone Athletic Academy forward Matar Diop announced his commitment to the Huskers.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound native of Dakar, Senegal, chose NU over Arizona State, Seton Hall, Ole Miss, and others.
Nebraska offered Diop, who boasts a 7-3 wingspan, earlier this summer, led by assistant coach Ernie Zeigler. Diop played with the NBA Africa program, where Ziegler was a former coach and has strong connections.
Ziegler watched Diop play in person while courtside at the NBA Academy event in Atlanta two weeks ago. The Huskers immediately extended an offer, and a commitment followed shortly after.
A third-team selection by the non-Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association last season, Diop didn’t start playing organized basketball until he was 13 years old. His career took off when he joined the NBA Africa program in 2020 and then represented Senegal with the U20 national team.
He arrived in the United States in August of 2022 and enrolled at Keystone Athletic Academy last fall. Diop has continued to shine on the court with his rebounding, shot-blocking, and exceptional motor.
Diop was still available this late in the recruiting calendar because he had to finish up a class and wasn’t academically cleared until last week.
Unfortunately, Diop won’t be ready to join Nebraska on its team trip to Spain. The Huskers are scheduled to leave on Friday.
The Huskers now have one available scholarship for the 2023 class.