34 Cheick Diakite

Senior | Center | 6’9″ | 220 lbs. | Bamako, Mali

Career Stats: Cheick Diakite

Cheick has started to find his niche. He brings high energy and has become a fearsome defender inside that disrupts many shots. Many of his rejections come in help defense as another player penetrates to the hoop. Cheick does not commit many fouls inside since many of his blocks come in support and through him using his good leaping ability.

Diakite also does a solid job on the glass. He loses his man at times and doesn’t check him, giving up offensive rebounds. But what he gets to, he grabs.

On offense, Diakite has one main post move. He likes to catch the ball with his back to the basket and then spin towards the baseline for short jumper. He can use this from either side of the rim. Beyond that, he has a lot of work to do on his offensive game in the post. At least his shot selection is good and leads the team with a 57% field goal percentage. Most of his shots are dunks. Hopefully, both he and Lewis Witcher will work on their post moves this offseason.

Cheick also does not have good hands and often drops passes thrown his way, creating turnovers. He struggles from the line, too, shooting under 60% this season. In fact, his FG% is higher than his FT%.

Cheick has done a solid job whenever he’s been given the chance to play, especially when he was starting over Collins earlier in the season. He has to be the leading candidate to take Collins’s starting spot next season, depending on how ready Jeff Allen and Gus Gilchrist are physically. Cheick has good size, which Tech has sorely needed inside over recent years.

Greatest Game: Cheick had 9 points on 4/6 shooting and 6 rebounds in the win at unc this season. He also had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the win against bc. But I’d like to think his best game is still ahead of him.



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2014-2015 Schedule/Results


11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - vs. liberty | 7pm, ESPN3
11/22 - vs. appalachian state | 1pm, ESPN3
Cancun Classic
11/25 - vs. n. iowa | 7pm, CBSSN
11/26 - championship/consolation game | TBA, CBSSN
11/30 - morgan state | 3pm, ESPN3


12/03 - @ penn state | 7:15pm, ESPNU
12/07 - vs. radford | 3pm, ESPN3
12/14 - vs. alabama a&m | 3pm, ESPN3
12/20 - vs. the citadel | 1pm, ESPN3
12/22 - vs. vmi | 7pm, ESPN3
12/27 - vs. presbyterian | 7pm, ESPN3
12/30 - @ west virginia | 2pm, ESPNU


01/03 - vs. syracuse | Noon, RSN
01/06 - @ fsu | 7pm, RSN
01/13 - @ louisville | 7pm, RSN
01/18 - @ unc | 6:30pm, ESPNU
01/22 - vs. notre dame | 7pm, RSN
01/25 - vs. uva | 1pm, ACCN
01/27 - vs. pittsburgh | 7pm, ESPNU
01/31 - @ wake forest | 2pm, RSN


02/03 - @ syracuse | 9pm, ESPNU
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN


03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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