I would respect the decision to redshirt him again, but I think Diarra could be really important for this team. I want a lob partner for Jalen off the pick-and-roll. We need more athletes in the front court. More blocks and dunks please!!
UConn forward Mamadou Diarra, who has yet to play this season because of recurring knee problems, went through an intense warmup with his teammates before the game. It appeared as if the 6-foot-8 sophomore from Putnam Science was getting ready to play against SMU.
Alas, Diarra returned to the court just before tipoff without his uniform and sat on the bench as usual. Hurley said after the game that Diarra may do that in some games but that doesn’t indicate he is any closer to a return to action.