San Diego State will welcome two transfers, forwards from the University of Portland and TCU, head coach Brian Dutcher has announced.
Tahirou Diabate, a 6-9, 220-pound native of Mali, will leave Portland and immediately be able to play for the Aztecs. Jaedon LeDee, a 6-9, 240-pound Houston native, will sit out the upcoming season and be eligible to play in the 2022-23 campaign.
Diabate speaks five languages: his native Bambara, English, French, Japanese and Spanish. Growing up he attended schools in France, the Canary Islands and Japan.
He plans to graduate from Portland with a degree in organizational communication and enter graduate school at San Diego State.
Diabate, 22, who chose to sit out last season, made 70 starts in 91 total appearances for the Pilots, averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in three years at Portland. He owns the fifth-best career field goal shooting percentage in the program’s history.
He played his high school basketball at Teikyo Nagaoka High School in Nagaoka Japan. As a junior, he led the team to the 2016 Okinawa Cup, the national championship for Japanese high school basketball, and was named tournament MVP.
Among his highlights in Japan – he once scored 101 points in a game. He added a 51-point effort in the 2016 Niigata Tournament finals and then erupted for 61 points in a game at the Okinawa Cup.
Diabate joins transfer Matt Bradley and incoming freshman Demarshay Johnson Jr. as new faces for next season.
LeDee, 21, originally competed for Ohio State in the 2018-19 season, his freshman year. He then transferred to TCU and played for the Horned Frogs in each of the last two seasons.
In 79 collegiate games, LeDee has averaged 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11 minutes per game. In addition, he has 15 assists, 21 blocks and 23 steals.
LeDee scored in double figures five times at TCU, with a career-high 20 points at West Virginia. As a freshman at Ohio State in 2018-19, LeDee played in 26 games and made two starts.
As a high school senior, LeDee was a 247Sports.com four-star ranked player, No. 5 in the state of Texas and No. 99 nationally. In addition, ESPN ranked him as a four-star talent, who was No. 59 among its top-100 high school seniors when he originally signed with Ohio State.
LeDee also was named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team.
LeDee enjoys family connections to some accomplished athletes, including basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed and former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, along with softball player Natasha Watley, a two-time Team USA medal-winning Olympian.