June 19, 2008
Cavalier guard/forward Mamadi Diane underwent foot surgery earlier this week to remove a defective bone on the bottom of his toe. Diane will miss two months of work before being able to return to the court.
If all goes well, the rising senior is expected to be 100 percent by the start of official practice in October, which is good news for Dave Leitao and the Cavs. Leitao will look to Diane, the teams returning leading scorer, to help with leadership, and help to fill the shoes of the departed Sean Singletary.
Diane proved himself to be a well rounded player last season. In addition to his 11.8 points per game, he also pulled down 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was the team leader in blocks. His three point percentage of .414 was among the team leaders, as well.
The then-junior, however, had an up and down campaign. After making 22 starts, Leitao moved him to the bench to try and solve his struggles from a different angle. Now, a hopefully healthy Diane will be moved into a more primary role come 2008-2009.