Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SETON-LASALLE GIRLS BASKETBALL HAS A CHANCE TO BE STRONGER [Corrected 09/27/12]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SETON-LASALLE GIRLS BASKETBALL HAS A CHANCE TO BE STRONGER [Corrected 09/27/12]

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The Seton-LaSalle girls basketball team has all but one player back from its undefeated team of last season, and the Rebels got stronger recently with the addition of a top player who transferred into the school.

Yacine Diop is a 5-foot-10 junior guard who transferred to Seton- LaSalle from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

She originally is from Senegal and is a member of Senegal's 18- and-under national team.

Duquesne, as well as colleges in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference, are showing interest in Diop, and she already has a scholarship offer from Dayton.

Diop still must be cleared by the WPIAL to play this season, and WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said the league's board of control will discuss her eligibility Monday.

The league could bring in Diop for a hearing to determine if she transferred to Seton-LaSalle for athletic reasons, which is against WPIAL and PIAA rules.

Diop played AAU basketball this summer for a Pittsburgh-area team (Western PA Bruins) that had a number of the top players in the WPIAL and was coached by Ron Mumbray, who was a Seton-LaSalle assistant coach for one season.

Mumbray also has become Diop's legal guardian, although he said she is living with another family.

Mumbray, who has resigned as a Seton-LaSalle assistant, said Diop left Oak Hill Academy because the girls basketball program folded after last season.

"I've known Yacine for a good, solid year," Mumbray said. "The kid was without a place to go. She has people in the Pittsburgh area from Senegal who she knows.

"We brought her up here this summer, and she played with us in July. She decided she wanted to go to school and stay here.

"Everything was done above board. There are only certain schools she can go to in this area because of the visa she has, and Seton- LaSalle is one of them. She knows the area and she has been to Pittsburgh several times. There are people from her country in this city. It just made sense."

Seton-LaSalle might have four future Division I college players in its lineup this season.

Besides Diop and Naje Gibson, senior guard Angela Heintz and sophomore guard Cassidy Walsh have made verbal commitments to Duquesne. …

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