Pitt women land top-notch recruit

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Yacine Diop grew up in Senegal and attended high school in Virginia before moving to Western Pennsylvania two summers ago.

She has decided to spend her next four years here, too.

Diop, a senior at Seton-LaSalle High School and one of the most highly recruited girls basketball players in state, verbally committed to Pitt earlier this week.

A 5-foot-10 guard, Diop chose Pitt from more than a dozen offers. She attended Seton-LaSalle in 2012-13, but did not play after the WPIAL and PIAA ruled her ineligible, claiming her transfer from Oak Hill Academy was for athletic intent.

It's another big recruiting pickup for Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, who has landed three of the top 100 seniors in the country, two of whom are from her alma mater. Diop is ranked No. 84 in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. Her teammate, guard-forward Naje Gibson, is ranked No. 59. Gibson committed to Pitt in July. Another commitment, forward Stasha Carey from Ohio, is ranked No. 90. Seton-LaSalle junior guard Cassidy Walsh also has committed to Pitt.

Seton-LaSalle coach Spencer Stefko said Pitt is getting a special player in Diop, comparing her to a Swiss Army knife because of her versatility.

"They're going to get somebody with tremendous upside and the kind of athleticism that will be impressive even in the [Atlantic Coast Conference]," Stefko said. "Intangibly, she's a kid who ... is going to be a leader ... ."

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