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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seton-La Salle's Yacine Diop, Central Valley's Jacob St. George

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By Brian Graham
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Yacine Diop

School: Seton-La Salle

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Diop — a native of Senegal — scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Rebels win their third WPIAL Class AA championship in four years Friday after topping Burrell, 55-34, at A.J. Palumbo Center. A Pitt recruit, Diop also had 15 points in a 60-42 win over Bishop Canevin in the semifinals on Feb. 25. Diop averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds in her first eligible year with the Rebels.

Talk about how meaningful it was for you to win a WPIAL title.

It means a lot to me. That's all I wanted to accomplish. It was great to do.

What is Seton-La Salle going to need to do to reach the PIAA finals?

Obviously, we need to continue to work hard and play as a team. We need to focus on defense and do all we can to win a state championship.

What are you most looking forward to about playing at Pitt?

I like the coaches. Second, they have what I want to major in, which is international business.

What are you going to work before playing in college?

I think I'll have to work on my dribble and my shot. My dribbling needs to be tighter and my shot just needs to be more consistent.

Is it comforting knowing that your teammates (Naje Gibson and Cassidy Walsh) have also committed to Pitt?

Yes. I think that's a really cool thing because we got to play in high school and now we'll play in college.

Jacob St. George

School: Central Valley

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: St. George scored a team-high 17 points to help the Warriors edge Chartiers Valley, 70-69, in double overtime in the WPIAL Class AAA title game Friday at A.J. Palumbo Center. St. George — who is recovering from a hyperextended elbow — scored eight points in Central Valley's 68-59 win over Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals on Feb. 25. St. George averaged 12 points per game this season.

Talk about how emotional a win that was over Chartiers Valley.

It was real crazy. I didn't expect to go into double overtime. But in the end, it was more than we could ever hope for. I'm still in shock right now.

How is the arm injury?

It's getting better. I wore a brace for the last few weeks. The game against Thomas Jefferson, the refs said I couldn't wear it, so I had to play without it.

What is the game plan for the state tournament?

We are just going to have to come play every night and work hard in practice. We'll see where that takes us.

Have you decided where you want to go to college?

I plan to play. Right now Bethany is looking best for me right now. But I still have a little bit to decide.

— Brian Graham

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