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2025 6’9 Cheikh Diebakhate (Combine Academy) is a name to learn in North Carolina

2025 6’9 Cheikh Diebakhate (Combine Academy) is a name to learn in North Carolina

2025 6’9 Cheikh Diebakhate (Combine Academy) is a name to learn in North Carolina

Player: Cheikh Diebakhate
Class: 2025
Height: 6’9
School: Combine Academy

Phenom Hoops went to Lincolnton to check out some of the top talent at the Seros Camp, with several familiar faces taking the court and meeting some new names as well. One player we learned the most about and am looking forward to seeing more of is 2025 6’9 Cheikh Diebakhate.

Being part of the Combine Academy heading into the season, Diebakhate will be a key asset to his team with his size and potential. The forward just needs to continue developing and be a key player on both ends, especially with the flashes we saw. He is an agile and fluid big man who stays active and engaged on the court. Diebakhate runs the floor well, runs rim to rim, always stays committed offensively so he can finish around the basket and at the rim, has solid hands, makes good passes and can sometimes stretch the floor with his perimeter shot. I also liked his ability to impact the game defensively with his 7’4 wingspan and his ability to alter shots.

Diebakhate has been here in the US for a year, but unfortunately suffered an injury two months into his AAU season and took some time to rehab. But now he’s ready to show his potential and his game and he’s been doing it from the beginning. From what we saw, this is a forward that should be targeted by multiple college programs at multiple levels, and should only continue to develop.