Former Texas A&M guard Hassan Diarra who entered the transfer portal in late April has announced that he will be heading to the Big East and joining head coach Dan Hurley at UConn for the 2022-23 season.
A top-100 prospect with the Class of 2020, Diarra only averaged 6.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, and 1.4 APG in two seasons at College Station but made 58 appearances for the Aggies. When at his best, Diarra is a clutch player that can score with ease and play lockdown defense, best highlighted by his collegiate debut in which Diarra managed 14 points, 4 assists, and 6 steals leading Texas A&M to an 82-53 win over New Orleans.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Diarra returns to Connecticut where he attended Putnam Science Academy for High School and in returning, follows his brother Mamadou Diarra; a former Huskies forward turned graduate assistant for the program.
While UConn is set to lose two starting guards from a season ago, Diarra joins a revamped backcourt in Storrs as the Texas A&M product unites with Tristen Newton who averaged 17.7 PPG and 5 APG at East Carolina, Virginia Tech standout Nahiem Alleyne, and UConn’s Big East All-Freshman selection Jordan Hawkins.
Playing time could be tough to come by on UConn’s depth chart for next season, but Diarra’s SEC experience and defensive capabilities should serve him well in what’s sure to be a guard-heavy rotation for Coach Hurley.
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