Commit recon: Quentin Diboundje

East Carolina transfer commits to Rhode Island

Just a short time ago, Rhode Island received a commitment from 6-foot-5, 221 pound wing Quentin Diboundje (East Carolina | U Tennessee). The Montepellier, France native has a year of eligibility remaining after averaging 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds per game a year ago — limited some by a bad ankle injury. Rhode Island Assistant Coach Austin Carroll was the primary recruiter.

Quick take (w/ input from coaches who have seen Diboundje play)

Diboundje is a classic well-built, athletic “3 and D” type add for Archie Miller and company as they look to solidify the defensive side of the ball which was a major achilles heel a year ago. He can play multiple positions and is built more like a strong safety than a wing. Look for him to be able to guard fellow 3-men, but also flex up or down and guard 2s and 4s.

He can shoot it too. Although his .275 long-range percentage of a year ago doesn’t scream marksman, his career average is closer to .333 and he did nail seven in one contest last November. He has the capability of increasing his production from the perimeter and is a physical driver who finishes well and draws contact — in the mold of free-throw rate generating players Miller and staff covet.

Why Rhode Island?

“I loved how the state of Rhode Island looked like where I grew up in the south of France which is the Mediterranean part of Europe and this made me feel comfortable right away. I also loved the energy and positive atmosphere of the Rhode Island basketball staff,” Diboundje told CCT.

More to come on Quentin in the coming days…

What’s next?

Diboundje joins guards Jamarques Lawrence (Nebraska) and Sebastian Thomas (Albany, return to URI) along with forward Drissa Traore (St. John’s) as inbound transfers. The Rams have three remaining scholarships. Look for them to sign another frontcourt player and be very judicious with handing out the last two.