Opening Game at the XL Center.
UConn Basketball Doubleheader on Sunday, Featuring Men's and Women's Teams.
UConn with a 70-24 Scoring Advantage in the Paint.
Kentan Facey scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead UConn.
Christian Vital led the way with 13 points.
As a Freshman in 2016-17: After going through the rigorous preseason conditioning program and playing 10 minutes in UConn’s first exhibition game against New Haven, was disgnosed with significant patellofemoral syndrome, a condition that results in intense knee discomfort from the stress that high-level basketball competition demands... Sat out season, received treatment and rehabilitation throughout the year.
Before UConn: A concensus Top 100 recruit with a reputation as a tenacious rebounder... Played for 2 1/2 years at Putnam Science Academy under Coach Tom Espinosa, his final season as a post-graduate... Averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 2015-16, helping PSA to a 27-8 record and the national semifinals, where it lost to St. Thomas More.. As a senior, he averaged 9.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks... Left Putnam Science as the school’s second all-time rebounder, second in blocked shots, and in the top five in scoring... Selected to play in Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game, scoring 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and grabbing 3 rebounds to help Team New York to a 148-128 win... Began high school at Thomas Edison High in Queens, N.Y., making the varsity basketball team as a freshman and sophomore. Started junior year at prep school in South Carolina, but transferred to Putnam Science at mid-year. Played 14 games in that abbreviated season, averaging 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds... Played AAU ball for the New York Jayhawks.
Personal Information: Mamadou Diarra... Born June 28, 1997... Son of Kadija Kone and Fosseny Diarra. Mother is from Senegal, father is from Mali .. Has two brothers, Hassan and Cherif, and two sisters, Fanta and Ouleymatou... National Honor Society member at Putnam Science Academy.