Milwaukee Bucks sign rookie Mamadi Diakite to multi-year deal

Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels knocks the ball away from Bucks forward Mamadi Diakite Friday night. Mjs Bucks10 12 Jpg Bucks10

The Milwaukee Bucks signed rookie forward Mamadi Diakite to a multi-year NBA contract Wednesday.

Diakite, 24, originally signed a two-way deal with the Bucks on Nov. 24 after he went undrafted.

After a sensational season in the NBA G League, he has averaged 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 8.6 minutes in 11 games with Milwaukee.

“I have more to prove, I have more to give to the team and I have more to show to the fans,” Diakite told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday. “Them doing this shows me that they trust me in many ways, but I still have work to do. I’m someone who always got it out of the mud and I’ll keep fighting my way through that.”

Diakite, who won a national championship at Virginia, averaged 18.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocks in 12 games in the G League this season. He made the All-NBA G League First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Rookie Team, and was runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting.

–Field Level Media