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Aliou Dioum Steps Into the National Spotlight

Accelerated Prep Sophomore Aliou Dioum Steps Into the National Spotlight After Huge Season

DENVERAccelerated Prep sophomore Aliou Dioum is starting to turn heads across the country and make his ascension through the basketball ranks.

The 6-10 forward recently finished his first season with the team that saw him debut in the On3 2026 Top 50 Rankings, receive his first two Division I offers, and recognized with several awards and honors from The Grind Session, the elite winter basketball circuit in which Accelerated Prep has played for the past two years.

“Aliou’s dedication and skill on the court has rightfully earned him these exceptional acknowledgements,” said Accelerated Prep head coach. “His remarkable success is a testament to his talents and relentless work ethic. We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Originally from Senegal, Dioum came to the United States in early 2023 to pursue educational and basketball opportunities. In 16 games during the 2023-2024 Grind Session season, he averaged 13.9 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. He also shot 44.6% from the floor.

His impressive performance over the past several months led to his debut in the On3 2026 Top 50 Rankings and helped him pick up his first Division I scholarship offers from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Most recently, The Grind Session presented Dioum with five of its top end-of-season awards, including being named to the All-Grind Session, All-Defensive, All-Underclassman, and FIBA 5 teams. He was also recognized as the Underclassman of the Year.

“I’m very happy, very humbled. This is something I’ll never forget,” said Aliou. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during this journey – my family, friends, coaches, and teammates. It’s very much appreciated.”