You’re looking at Hamidou Diallo, a five-star shooting guard who is currently on an official visit to Kentucky. Diallo’s recruitment has been an odd one, and because he’s already graduated high school, it could end in the next few weeks with him enrolling at the school of his choice for the second semester. Diallo took an official visit to UConn last week, is visiting Kentucky right now, and will visit Arizona next week; those three are considered his leaders, but Indiana, Syracuse, and Kansas are also in the mix.
With all of that in mind, here are five things to know about Diallo as he tours Kentucky’s facilities.
1. He’s the best shooting guard in the class
Diallo is considered the best shooting guard in the class by 247 Sports, 247 Sports Composite (which takes an average of all recruiting services), and Scout. Only ESPN has him ranked lower:
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs.
Queens Village, NY | Putnam Science Academy
AAU: New York Rens
|ESPN||No. 11 | 3 SG||Top247||No. 9 | 1 SG|
|Rivals||No. 10 |||Scout||No. 10 | 1 SG|
2. However, he’s not a great shooter
While Diallo is technically a “shooting guard,” he shot only 20% from three over the summer; at almost 6’6″ with a 6’10” wingspan, his strengths are his athleticism and explosiveness. Kentucky needs shooters in the 2017 class, and although Diallo would be a massive, massive get, Calipari still needs to bring in some more shot makers, such as Trae Young, or maybe a graduate transfer.
3. Like I said, Diallo’s explosiveness is why we want him
Just watch him work:
4. Quade Green and the rest of Kentucky’s 2017 class have been recruiting him hard
Green seems to be leading the charge to recruit the rest of Kentucky’s 2017 class, and right after his commitment, vowed to bring in Diallo, Mo Bamba, and Kevin Knox. After committing to Kentucky on Friday, five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt echoed Green’s pitch, telling Chris Fisher that he’s also trying to help recruit Diallo, Bamba, and Trae Young.
5. What happens if Diallo picks Kentucky?
Diallo’s in a unique position because he’s already graduated high school and he’s old enough to be eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, so he’s got options. He can…
- Stay in prep school and enter the 2017 NBA Draft (less visibility)
- Enroll in college for the spring semester and enter the 2017 NBA Draft (more visibility)
- Enroll in college for the spring semester, sit out/practice, play the 2017-2018 season, and enter the 2018 NBA Draft (most visibility, longest route to draft)
If Diallo comes to Kentucky, he’ll most certainly take the third route given the Cats’ depth at the guard position; however, a semester to practice against the team, pick up the system, and develop in the weight room would give him quite a head start heading into the 2017-2018 season.
If I were a betting woman, I’d say he ends up taking the “half-and-done” route at UConn. But never count Calipari out…