Ousmane Dieng Scouting Report

Scouting Reports

One of the most polarizing players in the draft because of his slow start to the season, Ousmane Dieng ended the NBL season on a high note. On the year, Dieng averaged 8.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.4 TOPG on shooting splits of 40/27/67 in 21 minutes per game. Below is his full scouting report:

Name: Ousmane Dieng

Height/Weight: 6’10/205

Wingspan/ standing reach: 7’0, N/A

Hand size: N/A

Position: Forward

Pre-Draft team: New Zealand Breakers

Tools: Defense, length, feel for the game, versatility


  • Excellent 1 on 1 defender
  • Good length and size
  • Plus athlete
  • Jump shot form is projectable
  • Has improved in using his body to create more space against contact on drives
  • Can be a playmaker at times out of pick & rolls
  • Good at skip passes
  • Should see statistical jumps in free throw attempts; comfortable taking contact at the rim
  • Strong feel for the game


  • Telegraphs his shot selection 
  • Needs to use more legs on jumper and improve overall shooting base
  • Plays out of control often
  • Needs to add weight and continue developing his body
  • Needs to reduce turnovers


Ousmane Dieng is a player with a tale of two halves. While his processes and defense have been consistent throughout the year, the production was split in half.

With good shooting form, outstanding size at a rumored 6’9.5 or even 6’10, plus defense, and potential to run pick & roll, Dieng is a high upside small forward teams will want to invest in at a lottery pick. Dieng played the whole 2021-2022 NBL season at 18 years old while undergoing a massive culture change, which could be a root to his early season struggles. Dieng’s defense is a day-one trait, and if he can pass and/or shoot in limited minutes in his rookie year, he could have a Ziaire Williams-esque rookie season. Look for Dieng to be a high upside long-term play within the first 15 picks of the draft.

Similar to: Tobias Harris, Luol Deng

Projected draft range: 8-14

Expected role: Versatile forward with defense-first impact, with potential to score at multiple levels offensively.

Unplayable if: Jump shot never comes along, and early season numbers were red flags of what is to come.

Exceeds expectations if: 3 point show grows, and his ability to get to his spots becomes consistent.


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