The Georgia basketball team went west to land a talented transfer from the junior college ranks.
Three-star prospect Pape Diatta, a sophomore forward from the College of Southern Idaho, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs, the school announced Wednesday.
The 6-foot-7, 210 pound athlete from Dakar, Senegal averaged 13 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this past season. Those respective numbers were good enough for 12th and second-best in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
“Pape has great versatility, and he’s going to provide the opportunity for our team to play a number of ways,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a release. “He can shoot the three. He can put the ball on the deck. He can get to the rim. We’re excited about his abilities and his readiness to step in and play right away.”
Diatta, who will join the Bulldogs this fall, has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Georgia is coming off its third consecutive 20-win season and needs to replace two of its top four scorers from the 2015-16 squad (Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann).