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The 2017 Recruiting Class is Pretty Excited About the Addition of Hamidou Diallo


Coach Cal still can’t publicly talk about Hamidou Diallo, but his future teammates can.  The consensus is simple — they will work well together.

“I believe he and Quade will definitely complement each other,” small forward commit Jarred Vanderbilt told Adam Zagoria. “[They have] two totally different games but ultimately [are] compatible.”

Vanderbilt appears to be a big fan of Diallo’s game, known by his counterparts simply as ‘Hami.’

“He brings length, energy, and freakish athleticism,” Vanderbilt said.  “He also a great defender/rebounder and [he] plays hard.”

UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be directly impacted by Diallo’s arrival.  With a one semester head-start, many expect Gilgeous-Alexander to take a backseat to Diallo.  He doesn’t see it that way.

“They are going to use us the same way they use these guys now: having three guards out top and getting up and down the floor fast,” SGA told Rivals.

It makes sense.  Quade Green controls the ball well, Vanderbilt’s is an exceptional passer and finisher in transition, and the two post players move well in space.  Gilgeous-Alexander describes them as a complete team.

“It is special,” he said. “We have guys that can shoot, passers and rebounders. We are going to be really tough.”

How tough? All eligible recruits are McDonald’s All-American Game nominees.  The rosters will be announced Sunday night at 10:30.

Article written by Nick Roush

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7 responses to “The 2017 Recruiting Class is Pretty Excited About the Addition of Hamidou Diallo”

  1. Jiminy Crickets

    I love Diallo on next years team, but what “shooters” is Shai talking about? Vanderbilt, Green and Diallo are terrible shooters. They are great “scorers” but shooting will be worst in calipari era, and calipari ‘s teams are not known to be shooters.

    1. WatchutalkinboutWillis

      Something tells me that Diallo will be working on his shot alot this semester.

  2. Ridge Runner

    I saw many of these guys at the last Peach Jam although Vanderbilt sat out the game I was seeing. Really difference makers and great to hear them speak out.

  3. looking4number8

    Diallo isn’t eligible for the McDonalds All American game. The others are.

  4. UKFaninNY

    I have a question – Does he need a scholarship to play this year?

    Next year I assume there will be one available —

    Or is he paying his own way this semester?

  5. CatBlue in LR

    I still want Young. I hope he still wants us.

  6. smahurin

    Kentucky only has 11 scholarship players, or did prior to his addition. You get 13. Last semester I would assume the 2 extra scholarships went to pulliam and david (or brad). So I would assume he’ll get one of those two.