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Everything You Need To Know About Hamidou Diallo


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Editor’s Note: Below is Drew Franklin’s feature on Diallo from earlier this week.  Tonight the nation’s No. 1 shooting guard announced he will be enrolling at Kentucky next week for the spring semester.  


With Hamidou Diallo set to announce his decision this weekend, fans of the basketball programs he is considering are on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting the word. That word will come down Saturday at 5 pm from a ceremony at Our Lady of the Angelus Church in Rego Park off Queens Boulevard in New York.

We will have full coverage of the announcement in the hours leading up to Kentucky’s 8:30 pm tip with Arkansas in Rupp Arena. But first, let’s get to know Hamidou Diallo, the next Wildcat?

He will pick from six finalists: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse.

However, only three of those schools — Arizona, Connecticut and Kentucky — are believed to be serious contenders.

He took official visits to Connecticut (Dec. 21) and Kentucky (Dec. 26).

He was scheduled to visit Arizona this coming weekend, but recently canceled that trip to stay home and make his announcement, which suggests Arizona is probably out of the running.

Kentucky paid him a visit on eight different occasions since the start of the fall recruiting period.

Going back to Tony Barbee’s visit on the first day of the fall recruiting period on September 9, either Calipari or Barbee or both have made eight separate trips to see Diallo.

His plan is to enroll immediately, but not play until next season.

If you’re to believe the reports, Diallo has plans to be a one-and-a-half-and-done prospect. Though he is eligible for next summer’s draft, he believes it is in his best interest to enroll in the upcoming spring semester to get a head start on the 2017-18 season, then declare for the 2018 draft.

By enrolling and joining a program next week, Diallo would be able to practice, work out, train and even travel with the team he chooses, which would be hugely beneficial in preparing him for his true debut next fall.

Think about that for a second — we’ve seen how good Calipari’s star freshmen are when they’re on campus to start the summer as opposed to arriving in the fall; now add five more months of preparation (against Malik Monk) to that.

He is widely considered the best shooting guard in the class.

ESPN is the only major recruiting service that doesn’t consider Diallo to be the best two-guard in the Class of 2017. The World Wide Leader prefers Gary Trent Jr., a Duke signee, and Collin Sexton, an Alabama signee who is more of a point guard, over Diallo. All three graded out as a 95 in ESPN’s scale.

Hamidou Diallo
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 | 1 SG Scout No. 10 | 1 SG

He is from Queens, New York.

The last time Kentucky had a player from Queens, it won the national championship. (That would be your boy D Lamb.)

He attended Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Connecticut.

Diallo decided to attend school 160 miles from home to, in his own words, focus strictly on basketball and his schoolwork.

“It’s just a quiet town, not much going on,” he said of the move to Putnam. “Just time for me to work on my books and on my game. There’s nothing going on, no distractions. I would say that changed my life right there. Without that, I would’ve still been out here in NYC with a lot of things to do.”

He already graduated from Putnam.

Thus, he is eligible for college and the 2017 NBA draft.

He played the first part of the season as a post-grad student, before recently deciding to leave for college.

He has a 6-11 wingspan.

For a little perspective, Malik Monk’s was only 6-3.5 when measured at the Kentucky combine. Tai Wynyard and Wenyen Gabriel each measured out at 6-11.

Oh, he can fly, too.

My goodness…

He wants to play to with Quade Green.

Quade Green, as in Kentucky’s point guard next season.

You gotta like hearing that.

His YouTube highlights are really something to behold.

Get in here, Hamidou.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 responses to “Everything You Need To Know About Hamidou Diallo”

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    I’ve been so excited thinking about this guy practicing against Monk for a semester before next season even starts.

  2. Angelo

    Monk’s wingspan only 6′ 4″? Julius Randle’s is 7’0″ and they said he had short arms. Tai and Wen 6′ 11″? Diallo should be super on defense.

    1. @GoCayts
    2. Blue Jesus

      Wow, can that measurement be right? If those are accurate he has the shortest wingspan on the team save Brad Calipari and Dillon Pulliam (Johnny David’s is about an inch longer). Pretty surprising.

      I wonder if there’s anything to be said there for why his release is so quick!

  3. Sunshinesbright

    Coaches have visited him eight times, huh? Too bad they’re only allowed seven visits per academic year under NCAA rules. Nice work Sandy Bell.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      His academic year ended upon graduation. Please call the NCAA: 317-917-6222

    2. J-Dub421

      Wow, even the U of L trolls know who Sandy Bell is. Impressive.

    3. GroundControlToNumber9

      Sunshinesbright – They allow 8… but only if hookers aren’t there. That’s probably why your confused.

  4. ekywildcat

    So I guess Trae Young isn’t coming?

  5. Sunshinesbright

    Don’t worry guys. This kind of violation happens all the time. Fortunately, it was very innocent mistake. Unfortunately, it could still be a head coach suspension for your beloved Cal. Go Cats! Never change.

    https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/HeadCoachResponsibility.pdf

    1. UK Big Board Update

      ….but what about hookers in the dorms?

    2. CATandMONKEY

      There is no violation. Our country’s most remedial special education programs have obviously failed you. On behalf of the academic community and the American people, I apologize.

    3. UK Big Bored Update

      Must be a uavel thing, what with the incessant use of the term ‘beloved’.
      Any red blooded American male would refrain from using that word.
      It’s kind of like the perception that there are two types of people from Texas.
      Sunshinesbright is not a Steer.