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Chad Ford’s analysis of Diallo’s decision to test the waters will make you feel better

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

The news of the day is Hamidou Diallo’s announcement that he will test the NBA Draft waters, a decision which seems to have infuriated a certain segment of the UK fanbase although it really should have been expected. Diallo will go through the evaluation process, including the Draft Combine May 9-14 in Chicago, in order to receive feedback to decide whether or not it’s in his best interest to go to the pros this year or wait for next year. What will Diallo hear when he goes through that process? According to ESPN Draft guru Chad Ford, he’ll likely be told that coming back to school could make him a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

“Diallo enrolled in Kentucky this winter and practiced with the team, but never suited up for the Wildcats. He was widely regarded as a top-15 high school prospect thanks to elite athleticism, a strong motor and an aggressive offensive game based on attacking basket. His jump shot is the biggest question mark for scouts. He’d likely be a late-lottery to mid-first-round pick in 2018 after playing at Kentucky next season. If he stays in this draft, he’ll get looks in the late first round and would be a likely second-round pick.”

Second round pick or coming back for another year for the chance to be a lottery pick? Sounds like an easy choice to me.


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28 Comments for Chad Ford’s analysis of Diallo’s decision to test the waters will make you feel better

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:06 am April 24, 2017 Permalink


  2. Urolex
    10:09 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    While that’s comforting, other players have received worse news (Briscoe, Dakari, Lamb, etc) and remained in the draft. I’m not holding my breath.

    • ukbradstith
      10:24 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      None of those three went through the combine and made a decision based on that feedback.

    • Urolex
      12:41 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

      So…if he gets good feedback and stays in the draft, it’s a good thing? It is for him, but it’s questionable for UK. I know, I know, it “helps” with recruiting. But it may also be a whole new Pandora’s box.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    10:20 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    It’s not necessarily that cut-and-dried. All it takes is one GM who is impressed by one workout…

  4. RC
    10:29 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    I was out of town this weekend and fortunately missed all the moronic commentary on KSR and Twitter about Diallo’s decision to put him name in the draft. These are the circumstances that cement my belief that a lot of our fans are stupid. It’s truly disheartening, frankly.

    Diallo has no choice except to declare for the draft and gather as much information as possible. Anything less would be irresponsible to him and his family. This is the way the system works as of now. Declare without an agent, get NBA feedback, make your decision.

    If Diallo returns to UK, fantastic. If he stays in the draft that’s his decision. But he’ll be making that decision with actual, legitimate feedback from NBA sources. The opinion of our idiot fanbase should not sway any player’s decision making process.

    Once he makes his final decision we can argue about it, but until then we need to shut up. Let me remind everyone- No one has seen Diallo play college basketball. I watched Briscoe, Dakari, Lamb, Orton, etc. and formed an opinion of their NBA potential after seeing them in action. In the end it’s their decision. But for crying out loud, no one has seen Diallo play. If you want to show your ignorance by publically shaming him for doing the smart thing, please think twice.

    • 4everblue
      10:48 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with RC

    • Saul T. Nuts
      10:50 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      RC nailed it

    • knoxdewitt
      12:01 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

      This guy gets it.

      These are kids who are trying to succeed, and in their success, they might benefit our program. That’s as much as you can ethically ask for in exchange for $0 salary.

      So maybe he never plays a game for us. How does that harm our program? If anything, he has helped our program by giving our guards a serious practice rival this past season.

  5. 4everblue
    10:47 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    It’s actually a smart decision on his part, even if they tell him to go back to school he will get some valuable feedback.

  6. Jeffiers302
    10:48 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    The most ridiculous part of this whole thing is that he is allowed to enter the draft. He has spent a grand total of one semester at UK, and the rules would allow him to go to the NBA if he wants.

    I can’t help thinking this has been his plan all along. Showed up early so he could be eligible for the draft one year earlier, never had any intention of taking one dribble in Rupp.

    • 4everblue
      10:52 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Again…see RC at number 4.

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:53 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Those are the rules. Very little ridulous about it.

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:53 am April 24, 2017 Permalink


    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      10:59 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Coming to UK didn’t make him any more eligible than he would have been before. It wasn’t his plan all along because he didn’t have to come to UK to be eligible for this year’s draft. Perhaps you should check your facts before you can’t help but think something…and type it.

    • blackmilk23
      11:03 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      He was already legible for the draft he was not a traditional HS. He did a prep school route like Terry Rozier and Brad Calipari.

    • Jeffiers302
      11:03 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      So what exactly is the rule for draft eligibility?

    • UK Fan In Nashville
      11:09 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      So are you saying Brad Calipari is gonna declare? lol

    • Jeffiers302
      11:14 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for the information blackmilk23. So I stand corrected. I seriously doubt he will leave. But I still don’t like that the option to leave at this point exists for him or any other player. They ought to be able to go to the workouts and combines without technically declaring for the draft.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:14 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

      He is 19 already and was playing an extra year of eligibility at a prep school, he left and came to UK for a semester…if he would have stayed at the prep school he would have still be eligible for this year’s draft just like Thon Maker was last year.

    • knoxdewitt
      12:04 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Watch “One and Not Done” if you haven’t already. Look at what happened to Duwan Wagner and tell me that it’s in players’ best interest to stay in college all four years when they have a shot at making big money.

    • gigiandgogo
      1:49 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

      The rule is that you have to be one year removed from your graduating HS class and at least 19 yrs old to enter the NBA. He graduated HS in 2016 and spent the first semester last year at a Prep School (Putnam Science Academy). He didn’t feel that he was progressing towards his goal of the NBA and UK had an open scholarship. He went to UK and practiced, but could have played if he thought he was ready and the coaches agreed. He didn’t.

      This is the best thing for him and it certainly helped UK to have him in practices for Monk/ Fox rather than them facing Brad everyday. Nothing against Brad.

      He would be doing himself and his family a terrible disservice if he didn’t go to the combine.

      Good luck Hamidou and do well next month. Hope to see you back in Blue in the summer/ fall.

    • Jeffiers302
      2:27 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

      Hey knoxdewitt, I haven’t had time to watch “One And Not Done”, but I would be the last to say they should have to stay all four years. I think they ought to be able to go straight out of high school. There’s no reason for an obvious lottery pick to risk a career-ending injury in college working toward a degree he might never finish and certainly won’t need for the NBA. Could you imagine if LeBron James had been required to go to a year of college, then suffered a Henry Thomas-type injury?

  7. JusSayin
    11:01 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    People say all the time “These kids are listening to the wrong people.” Then when they go and get feedback from the right people we’re mad at them.

  8. Mc12
    11:10 am April 24, 2017 Permalink

    I’m okay with his decision and would have done the same. The only issue could be if it impacts the current recruiting class. Maybe Kevin Knox will push his decision back another week or so?

  9. Ken Grizzle
    12:23 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

    It is the right move and a smart move by Diallo. If, by a miracle, he should go high in the draft, then by all means -take the money and go. As much as I would have liked to see him on the floor at Rupp Arena (couldn’t understand why He didn’t play some this year)the chance for him to live his dream is the important factor in this case.

  10. Blue Boy
    3:50 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

    Once proud program with rich history and tradition, now seems like a farm system that may produce a title. I am troubled to believe any of these kids will ever give two shakes about the program when Cal leaves.

    • Jordan
      3:40 pm April 25, 2017 Permalink

      Guess what buddy, that farm system DID produce a title, just not 1 every year like you think it should. And this may be hard for you to believe, but the kids for the most part don’t come here because it’s UK, they are here for Cal