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Can we rule Diallo out yet?


Want to preface this with the obvious clarification that Hamidou is a great get for UK regardless of whether or not he plays this season.

While the stated plan for him is to keep him on the sideline, and the benefit of added practice will only help him more in the coming years, Mike Decourcy isn’t one to rule out the possibility of Diallo on the courtWe’ve gone over the newest Wildcat’s pros and cons ad nauseam—the one-stop shop for those you’ll find here—but if Decourcy is right we could see those come to fruition much earlier than we thought:

“According to Scout recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, the plan for Diallo is not to participate this semester. And that’s a logical approach: No one should expect him to play because he is so far behind.

There’ll come a time by late February or March, though, when he will be far enough along to be not out of place entering a game. Given Kentucky’s overwhelming outputs in the first two Southeastern Conference games, there are almost certainly going to be opportunities to get him onto the floor and gain some degree of comfort. And then, in the biggest games, he would be only an emergency option. Somebody’s in foul trouble? Somebody loses a contact lens? You want another athlete to help with defense? Whatever the circumstance might be, if Diallo is ready for it there is no logic to hiding him from it.

Decourcy goes on to point out that burning a redshirt season would have no impact on Diallo, who’s projected by nbamockdraft.net to go 25th in the 2017 draft (flattering, but I’m 95% sure he can’t actually leave that early). The fact that he’s down 60 practices to all of his teammates does hurt him, though.

Either way, he’s a great get. Feel free to revel once more in his highlight video:


On an unrelated note, this happened:

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10 responses to “Can we rule Diallo out yet?”

  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet

    His athleticism was a what would help us the most in a few weeks. In transition he will be elect c with fox monk and Briscoe! He’s so damn long and athletic it’s going to be really hard to keep him not on the floor. If we have him for 1 and a half years, I say play him one and a half years

  2. 54Meeks

    I think Diallo should be given some playing time this season for one reason: He can guard big elite wings. Diallo is 6’5 with an incredible 6’10 wingspan. Currently, we don’t have a guy who can lock down a 6’7 talented SF. UNC’s Justin Jackson and UL Deng Adel had big games against us and we will see those type of players in March.

  3. henderblue

    Both good points above. After he learns plays and players and as long as he doesn’t upset chemistry, I’m thinking towards the end of February why would we not use him? His atleticism has to be nothing but a plus. No need to redshirt him. Not like he’s gonna be around 4 years. I say let’s use the benefits that come with the package

  4. EdC

    I don’t see any point at all in risking this team’s chemistry. Last year hoping for Wynard made some sense to me because that team didn’t have any great chemistry at any point in the year. This year they do. Besides currently being a HS level defender he is not likely in NCAA run hard every single play type of shape which could also lead to risking an injury. I really don’t see Cal playing him in any game this year.

  5. lugotrio

    I believe you are 95% wrong. I believe he CAN leave that early for the draft!

  6. plumloopy

    So, that comeback. Two of the regulation 3’s were missed so badly that they banked in? That was absurd. Absurd!

  7. Rise

    I could see Diallo declaring for the draft. Going to use UK to practice against elite competition.

    1. Luether

      All this kid’s handlers see is dollar signs.

  8. ekywildcat

    You would be wrong, he can leave that early. Unless he is a total train wreck in practice, which I doubt, I think he plays. And If he does well, he will go to the draft.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      If he plays well in at least half a dozen games perhaps he goes. If he doesn’t hit the floor for live action this season, he stays. So in essence, I agree.