1 Moussa Diagne
1 Moussa Diagne
Height: 6-8
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Thies, Senegal
High School: Mount Olive (Ga.) Prep
Position: C
GENERAL: Name is pronounced "MOO-sah" "Jine"...All-Southern Conference performer who ranks as one of the league's top returning front court players...helps form a contingent of four return starters...versatile...can play both forward positions and also center...is effective in the half court game but also excels in transition due to his quickness...dunks with authority not seen at Furman in years...proven shot blocker...has made tremendous strides in overall basketball skills since joining the program...basketball career only spans seven years...played with former All-Southern Conference forward Maleye Ndoye on Senegal's squad that finished fourth at the 2003 African Championships...with 871 career points, is only 129 points shy of cracking Furman's career 1,000-point club, which will also likely soon include teammate Eric Webb (950 career points)...ranks eighth on Furman's career blocked shots ledger (72). AS A JUNOIR (2005-06): Named first team All-Southern Conference in balloting by league head coaches and third team all-conference by league media...bounced back from a preseason injury (foot stress fracture) that sidelined him for two weeks to average 11.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg...topped Furman in field goal percentage (50.6 percent) and led Furman and ranked fourth in the SoCon in blocked shots (32)...registered a career high 25 points (12x17 FGs) in an 80-73 loss to San Diego...notched 13 points and matched a career high 12 rebounds in a 76-64 win over Appalachian State in Greenville...had 14 points and 12 boards versus Texas Tech (83-74 loss)...collected 20 points (4x4 3PFGs) in 77-59 loss at Davidson. AS A SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Emerged as one of the Southern Conference's top inside players, averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game...earned third team All-Southern Conference honors in balloting by league media following a strong finish that saw him average 18.3 points and 6.4 rebounds over the final nine games...shot 58.6 percent from the field (65x111) and 77.5 percent from the line (31x40) during that stretch, which included a 21-point (9x12 FTs), 9-rebound, 3-dunk, 3-block performance in a 72-71 overtime victory over Georgia Southern in Greenville...final block (with three seconds left in the overtime) preserved the win...started in 28 of 29 games, helping Furman to its first winning Southern Conference season (9-7) since 1991-92...shot 50.5 percent from the field on a Paladin squad that paced the SoCon in field goal percentage (46.9 percent)...led Furman with 27 blocks...scored a season high 24 points at Wofford (77-70 loss)...tallied a game high 19 points, including two 3-pointers, in a 72-65 win at eventual SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga...turned in a 21-point effort versus Minnesota (84-69 loss) at Great Alaska Shootout. AS A FRESHMAN (2003-04): Saw his first action in mid December in Furman's 70-68 loss at Ohio State...proceeded to average 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 22 games...was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team...recorded his first double digit scoring performance with 12-point, 5-rebound outing in 92-56 triumph over Lipscomb in Jack In The Box Furman Holiday Classic championship game...recorded a monster one-handed cuff dunk off an in-bounds pass in 69-68 loss to eventual Southern Conference Tournament champion East Tennessee State in Greenville...turned in his top performance of the season in dramatic 58-57 win over College of Charleston in Greenville in regular season finale, tallying a season high 23 points in helping Furman snap a five-game home losing streak to the Cougars dating back to 1998....with Furman trailing 57-52, scored the Paladins' final six points of the game on back-to-back three-point plays at the 0:57 mark and later with only three seconds remaining in the contest...hit all nine of his field goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, in 22 minutes of action against the Cougars...performance versus CofC garnered him SoCon Player-of-the-Week honors. HIGH SCHOOL: 2002 graduate of Evangel (La.) Christian Academy...averaged 14.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, and 2.2 bpg and earned 5A all-state honors as a senior at Evangel Christian Academy in Louisiana, where he played for Todd Foster...was named MVP of the Bishop Sullivan Invitational Tournament and was a Louisiana All-Star Game selection...attended Mount Olive (Ga.) Preparatory Academy during the 2002-03 year and averaged 18.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, and 2.0 bpg.