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.