The new age of big men is long, athletic and booming with potential, and the Mali natives of Our Savior New American (N.Y.) are proving their value early on as underclassmen.
In 2015 6-foot-9 power forward Cheick Diallo and 2016 6-foot-7 power forward Kassoum Yakwe, there aren't many better 1-2 frontcourt punches in high school basketball.
Both play for Team Scan on the AAU scene, and the Mali imports are blowing up on the scene after gaining most of their exposure in the summer.
Diallo is a long and athletic post player who rebounds, runs the floor and has elite hands. His offensive skills in the post are coming along as he now has moves to get to the basket and finish around the rim.
This is a huge improvement for Diallo, who had a reputation similar to a longer Chris Obekpa -- now a freshman at St. John's.
Kentucky, a school that seemed to intrigue Diallo quite a bit, is showing interest. As he has been on the St. John's campus a few times to visit his friend, Obekpa, the sophomore stud can essentially write his ticket to go anywhere he wants.
The same goes for Yakwe, although he's not as tall. Similar to current Indiana signee Noah Vonleh, the freshman has excellent footwork and post moves. He blocks shots and can step out to shoot it from mid-range. A pretty good face-up lefty hook may be the most enjoyable part of his game as it is tough to stop.