In France, we are currently talking a lot about the 2002 generation with Matthew Strazel, Juhann Begarin, Ismaël Kamagaté. We also talk a lot about the 2004 generation with Victor Wembanyama. But we tend to forget to talk about children born between the ages of two. The French generation of 2003 is certainly less talented than its counterparts, but it contains beautiful gems like Ousmane Dieng.
# HIS PROFILE GREAT MODO
- Age: 19, born on the same day as FIFA. But not the same year.
- Position: Winger Versatile
- Hold: New Zealand Breakers
- Height: 208 centimetersWill Barton’s wing catcher.
- Wing span: 213 centimeters
- Statistics 2021-22: 8.9 points on 39.8% shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 1 assist for 20.4 minutes of play on average during the season.
- Comparison: Paul George in the attic, Nicolas Batum on the floor? Cock-a-doodle Doo!
- TrashTalk forecast: 12th place.
Ousmane Dieng was born, grew up in the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, and then played from an early age in the club of his town, Villeneuve Basket Club. Big up to all our readers from Lot-et-Garonne. After passing the youngest categories, little Ousmane is seen by the leaders of the largest basketball club in the region. As a 13-year-old, he joined the minimal France team at JSA Bordeaux and began following the same path as a certain Elie Okobo. Two years later, we feel the French can go even higher. And after superfluous selections, the young wing joined France Pole. From his debut in National 1, the lad occupies a real role on this U18 team and moves on just as fast as he takes inches. The INSEP canteen forced the soup, position 3 reached 2m and with his 16 he was the team’s second best scorer with 10.1 points on average ahead of a certain Ismaël Kamagaté. During his second season at Poland, Ousmane claims he becomes the leader on the field and in the scoring of the team with 12.6 points on average.
After graduating, everyone grabs the signature to one of French basketball’s best hopes. G League Ignite, American university programs, French clubs … No one could get the signature to position 3, ultimately on the way to the NBL and New Zealand Breakers! He becomes the first European to join the “Next Star Program” set up by the Australian League, right in front of his teammate Hugo Besson, who will make the same decision a little later. Although Breakers’ collective season is not very flamboyant (5 wins for 23 losses), Ousmane was able to develop throughout the season and be ready to fly back to the United States. For fun, here’s one of the season’s finest caviar.
Ousmane Dieng continues to gain momentum in the NBL. The French striker demonstrates his passing quality and his ease of holding the ball in his hand.
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– Basketball Report (@basket_reportfr) March 24, 2022
For his rather impressive physique for a post 3, Ousmane remains a very fluid athlete. He comes out of a very good season with the Breakers, his start was relatively long at the start of the season, then he took strength over the rest, with especially 13 points on average over the last 11 games of the season. The Frenchman is above all a promising boy, with an enormous potential still hidden behind his weak points. For a post 3, its playmaking far surpasses that of the competition. For him, the first option is not the shot, but the pass, he has a very good vision and reading of the game, as we have seen at the pick-and-roll games at Pôle France mastered with brio. His very good dribbles accompany him in his passing ability, without that position 3 would have much greater trouble freeing himself and his teammates to find easy shots.
But as has been said before, there are still shadows in Ousmane Dieng’s game. For a position 3, his shot is not developed enough. In situations in the NBA where he has to alternate between finishing near the circle and catch-and-shoot from the parking lot, it still needs to finish. This season he achieved only 27.1% 3-point success, and in the League, against tougher players, you need to know how to be effective from a distance while being able to finish clean in the circle without suffering from the contact . On the other side of the field, it also gets complicated. Position 3 is large and therefore still lacks versatility in defense. His lateral mobility too low to defend on opponents smaller than him. And when they are bigger, Frenchien is not strong enough to withstand contact. Mr. Dieng will therefore have to go into the weight room to work on his mobility and also his explosiveness on the fast starts in the drive towards the circle.
# SO IF WE SUMMER …
- Young potential
- Finish at the circle
- outdoor shooting
- Lateral mobility in the defense
WHAT DOES IT SAY?
- ESPN announces Ousmane Dieng in 12th place.
- Bleacher report announces Ousmane Dieng in 21st position.
- Athletics announces Ousmane Dieng in 12th place.
- Wooden room announces Ousmane Dieng in 12th place.
- Tankathon announces Ousmane Dieng in 14th place.
According to the American media, Ousmane is well sought after on OKC’s side, with potentially Chet Holmgren who can land on the Thunder at the same time as him. So along with Théo Malédon and Jaylen Hoard, the native of Villeneuve-sur-Lot should not forget his mother tongue. Having playing time in a franchise that trusts young people with a unicorn in the racket: great rookie season, right?