HAMIDOU DIALLO

Status: UK freshman
Shooting guard | 6-5 | 188
School: Putnam Science (Conn.)
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Twitter: @Diallo1Hamidou

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10

10


      One of the most exciting prospects in the 2017 class, Diallo is an athletic, high-flying perimeter player who excels at getting to the basket and finishing in an entertaining fashion.
      Diallo graduated from high school last spring, committed to Kentucky in January and joined the team for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. He did not play for the Wildcats this past season, but he did practice with the team, getting acclimated to college life and working with the training staff off the court. Diallo was eligible for this year’s NBA Draft and went through the evaluation process before ultimately deciding to come back to UK for his first season on the court.
      Kentucky beat out UConn, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Syracuse for Diallo’s commitment. The Huskies were the main competition, and Kevin Ollie recruited Diallo as hard as anyone over the past few years, also coaching him with the Team USA U18 squad last summer.
      Diallo, who has a 6-11 wingspan, has a high ceiling as a perimeter defender but still needs to fine-tune his outside jumper. Diallo shot just 20.0 percent from three-point range during the Nike summer season.

Summer ball stats

Diallo averaged 19.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for New York Rens on the Nike circuit.


How long will he be a Cat?

Diallo is projected as a possible lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.


Quotable

“Everything you can’t teach, this kid has it at the highest level, which makes him gifted. But what makes him special is his work ethic. He’s not a kid that’s just relying on his athleticism. He’s really a kid working on his game. And the more he works on it … the more of a nightmare he’s going to be against anyone he plays against.”
— Andy Borman, AAU coach

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