Where will Orange turn following Diagne’s JUCO enrollment?

While the news has been somewhat positive in recent months for Syracuse’s basketball program with the commitment of class of 2016 5-star guard Tyus Battle and the addition of former Providence big man Paschal Chukwu, the Orange were dealt a major blow earlier in August, when the program learned it wouldn’t be able to enroll freshman forward Moustapha Diagne for the coming academic year.

SU released in a statement, “Moustapha Diagne, who signed a national letter of intent with Syracuse in November, 2014, has decided to enroll in a two-year college.”

The 6-8 Senegal native arrived in the United States in 2012 and starred at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, New Jersey, where he was a consensus 4-star recruit.

Rivals lists Diagne as the nation’s No. 77 high school basketball player in the class of 2015, Scout lists Diagne at No. 82 overall, while the 247Sports Composite lists him No. 68 nationally. Both Scout and the 247Sports Composite rank Diagne as the No. 15 power forward prospect in the 2015 class.

JUCOReport.com was first to reveal that Diagne will enroll at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. He could be eligible for major college basketball as soon as the 2016-2017 season, or he could stay there two years and enroll at a Division I school for the 2017-2018 season, when he’d be a junior.[hr]