45  Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mali, West Africa

High School:
Notre Dame Prep

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 240

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
09/16/1980


NOTING DIARRA
Averaged 1.0 points and 1.7 rebounds as a junior ... three-year letterman who has started 30 games ... arrived in the United States in 1997 unable to speak English ... now, English is a third language as he also speaks French and a native dialect of West Africa, Bambara.

LAST TIME OUT -- Saw limited playing time off the bench in both of the Tigers' road wins at Houston and UAB in last action of the season.

2002-03
Played two minutes in the Tigers' win over Syracuse ... scored lone points on a put-back dunk while playing 18 minutes ... missed the Austin Peay game as he returned to Mali for the funeral of his father ... played 11 minutes against Furman and had one rebound and one assist ... had a season-high seven rebounds in 13 minutes of play against Missouri ... also scored four points and had a steal against Mizzou ... started for the only time this season against Ole Miss ... had two rebounds and a steal in five minutes against the Rebels ... had a field goal waved off at the buzzer in the Tigers' win over Tulane ... had one rebound in the game ... had three points and two rebounds in the Tigers' win over East Carolina ... strong defensive performance in the absence of Earl Barron who suffered a sprained ankle during the shoot-around practice earlier in the day ... scored on a nifty reverse layin in the first half of the Tulane game played in New Orleans.

2001-02
Averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds as a sophomore ... scored four points on 2-for-4 shooting and had two rebounds against Christian Brothers ... had another four-point game against Eastern Kentucky ... scored four points and had a steal in the Tigers' win over UAB ... was 2-for-5 from the field against the Blazers ... scored two, first-half buckets against Tulane, scoring a putback bucket and also hitting a hook shot ... finished with four points and two rebounds against the Green Wave ... equaled a season high with three rebounds in loss to Houston and also blocked a shot and had a steal ... with both Earl Barron and Chris Massie in foul trouble at South Florida, played a season-high 12 minutes and had five rebounds during his best outing of the season ... started for the first time this season in the Tigers' NIT first-round game against UNC Greensboro and was in the starting lineup throughout the post-season tournament ... played 12 minutes against UNC Greensboro, his second-longest outing of the year.

2000-01
Played in 32 games as a freshman and averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds ... shot 50.8 percent from the field ... had 12 blocks including a career-high four rejections against Howard ... received the team's sportsmanship award at the end-of-the-year banquet following his freshman season ... played the final 11:42 of the UT Martin game ... in his first minute of play against the Skyhawks, converted a pair of three-point plays and ended up finishing with 11 points and four rebounds ... in addition to his 3-for-5 performance from the field was 5-of-6 from the free throw line ... scored four points, knocking down both of his field goal attempts against Tennessee while playing a then, career-high 11 minutes ... scored 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting against Arkansas State ... also had a career-high nine rebounds and three steals and set the tone in the A-State game with a dunk in the first minute of play ... scored six points and equaled a career high with nine rebounds against Christian Brothers ... finished with a career-high 13 points, going 5-for-5 from the field in an 81-58 win over Kansas State ... also had eight rebounds in the K-State game as Memphis started an eight-game winning streak ... had a career-high four blocks and three assists while matching a career high with nine rebounds and scoring eight points in the Tigers' win over Howard ... matched a team high with seven rebounds to go with four points on 2-for-3 shooting against Tulane ... scored five points and had three rebounds off the bench in the Tigers' TiVo NIT win over UTEP.

NOTRE DAME PREP
Averaged 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass ... considered by many recruiting services as one of the nation's top defensive players in the 2000 senior class because of his shot blocking and rebounding ability ... high school coach was Bill Barton.

MORE ON MODIBO
Son of Manadou Diarra and Flatene Sangake and Zaratou Tiame ... majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Memphis ... born Sept. 16, 1980 in SeGou, Mali, West Africa ... has four brothers -- Bakary, Karamoko, Ousman, Moussa Bourama Amidou and six sisters-- Fatoumata, Kadi, Bintou Awa, Oumou, Salimata and Assan ... last name in native language of Bamara means "lion."

Career Highs
Points: 13 vs Kansas State (12/30/00)
FG Made: 5 vs Arkansas State (12/14/00), vs Kansas State (12/30/00)
FG Attempted: 6 vs Arkansas State (12/14/00), vs CBU (12/18/00)
FT Made: 5 vs UT Marin (11/29/00)
FT Attempted: 6 vs UT Martin (11/29/00)
Rebounds: 9 vs Arkansas State (12/14/00), vs CBU (12/18/00), vs Howard (1/3/01)
Assists: 3 vs Howard (1/3/01)
Steals: 3 vs Arkansas State (12/14/00)
Blocks: 4 vs Howard (1/3/01)
Minutes Played: 31 vs Howard (1/3/01)

Career Statistics

                           Total         3-Point                        Rebounds
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg
2000-01.  32-24   312/9.8    31-61   .508    0-0    .000   23-42   .548  35-47    82  2.6  49-0    7  20  12   7   85/2.7
2001-02.  26-5    150/5.8    14-33   .424    0-0    .000    9-18   .500  13-20    33  1.3  25-0    2  12   2   5   37/1.4
2002-03.  15-1    101/6.7     6-12   .500    0-0    .000    3-6    .500  11-14    25  1.7  21-0    3   3   3   3   15/1.0
TOTAL...  73-30   563/7.7    51-106  .481    0-0    .000   35-66   .530  59-81   140  1.9  95-0   12  35  17  15  137/1.9
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