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.