Tre Wood and Samba Diallo sign with UMass men’s basketball

  • UMass coach Matt McCall talks to his team during practice Oct. 9 at the Champions Center. GAZETTE STAFF / JERREY ROBERTS

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Published: 11/8/2017 10:22:06 PM

AMHERST — Both of UMass’ early commitments have signed their National Letters of Intent on the first day of the early signing period.

Samba Diallo, a 6-foot-7 wing from Senegal via New Jersey, and Tre Wood, a 6-foot Washington D.C. area point guard, both made their intentions official.

UMass coach MatMcCall said Wood, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who attends St. John’s College High School, had standout speed.

“He has elite, elite, elite speed. He may be one of the fastest point guards in the county. I’m not saying that because he’s coming to us. I’m saying it because it’s true,” McCall said. “He’s got great feel playing pick and roll. There’s going to be times where we can play him, (Keon) Clergot and (Luwane) Pipkins together where we’ll have speed all over the floor. We can run, we can trap, we can press.

“He gets in the lane and gets guys shots,” the coach continued. “He has an unbelievable feel. And like Diallo, he’s a high-character kid.”

Diallo, who plays at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, New Jersey, could play a variety of positions.

“He’s got great ball skills and can play all over the floor. He’s going to be very versatile for us on the wing. We can play him in multiple spots,” McCall said. “The biggest things about him are one, his motor. Every time you see him play you know he’s on the floor. He had an impact on the game. Two, the kind of person he is. He’s high character. Those are the kind of kids we want to bring into our program.”

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage




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