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Full Name: Boris Diaw-Riffiod
Position: Guard/Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m)/ 203 (92.1 kg)
Birthdate: April 16, 1982 (Cormeille-en-Parisis, France)
Team: Pau Orthez (France)

Selected in the first round (21st overall) by the Atlanta Hawks

  • France: Les espoirs de la France

  • Centre Federal (France 3rd Division)
    Three-point field goals: 1998-99, 13-for-39 (.333); 1999-00, 28-for-80 (.350). Totals: 41-for-119 (.345).

    Pau Orthez (France)
    Three-point field goals: 2000-01, 12-for-32 (.375); 2001-02, 9-for-36 (.250); 2002-03, 13-for-32 (.406). Totals: 34-for-100 (.340).

    An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2001 and 2002 NBA Drafts, but withdrew his name each time.

    Career Highlights: Now a member of France’s Senior National Team. Has been a member of the French Junior National Team, winning the gold medal at the 2000 European Championship. Also played in the 2000 Under-20 European Championship and the 2000 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Has steadily progressed through France’s lower divisions and was promoted to France’s top league with Pau Orthez for the 2000-01 season. Previously played two seasons for Centre Federal, previously known as INSEP, the French National Institute for Sports and Physical Education. Jerome Moiso of the Charlotte Hornets also played there.

    (2002-03): Saw playing time increase to about 25 minutes per game this season through the first 23 games of the season. Averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Tallied 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting vs. Gravelines. Posted 11 points and 13 rebounds in win over Nancy.

    (2001-02): Playing about 21 minutes per game, averaged 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. Played in the league’s All-Star Game and won the slam dunk contest. Won the silver medal at the 2002 European Under-20 Championship.

    (2000-01): Named 2001 Pro A Newcomer of the Year playing first season for league champion Pau Orthez.

    (1999-00): In his second season for Centre Federal in France’s Third Division, averaged 16.8 points and finished in the league’s top 10 in assists (126, 8th), rebounds (231, 3rd), steals (59, 10th) and blocked shots (46, 2nd).

    Strengths: According to, has outstanding athletic ability. He is reported to have excellent speed and quickness and is an aggressive offensive rebounder. The report also praises his large wingspan and quick feet. Recent scouting reports say he has improved his rebounding but still needs work on his perimeter shooting.

    Personal: According to the Suproleague Yearbook, his mother, Elisabeth Riffiod, is “probably the best center in French women’s basketball history, while his father, Issa Diaw, is a former Senegalese high jump champion.”