Published 11:26 pm Saturday, April 7, 2018

Former Lamar State guard Mambi Diawara earned a spot on the Canadian national basketball team for the Commonwealth Games.

The 6-foot-4 Montreal product averaged 20.6 points and shot 45.7 points per game this past season for the University of Calgary Dinos as a senior, leading them to the U Sports national championship, the Canadian equivalent to the NCAA championship. Diawara starred at Lamar State from 2014-16.

The Commonwealth Games are a quadrennial Olympic-style event involving the Commonwealth of Nations, which includes 53 countries formerly territories of the British Empire.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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