Fresh off a trip to the Sweet 16, USC added another player to a 2007 recruiting class already ranked No. 2 in the nation by rivals.com. Mamadou Diarra, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward from Stoneridge Prep of Simi Valley gave USC an oral commitment Wednesday after a three-day visit to the school, according to Stoneridge managing director Mike Mahoney.
The No. 65-ranked prospect by rivals.com joins a class that already includes prized guard O.J. Mayo, power forward Davon Jefferson and small forwards Leonard Washington and Marcus Simmons. Diarra, originally from Bamako, Mali, in Africa, averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior. He chose USC over offers from Oklahoma State, Fresno State, Auburn and Baylor.