Even though he never played a single minute in a Kentucky uniform last season, and he may never put one on, Hamidou Diallo still made a difference in his own way.
In media availability today, De’Aaron Fox talked about the impact the possible none-and-done had this season by bringing practice to the next level with his defense, according to SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker.
“When he was defending us – like when people ask me what was harder, the practices or games, practices for me were a lot tougher than games,” star point guard De’Aaron Fox said Friday at the NBA Combine. “He’s a great defender.”
“He’s extremely tough and gritty,” Fox said. “But he’s from the Bronx. All the New York guards are like that. His ball skills are better than what I thought they were. He can shoot the ball (but) he’s going to have to shoot it better from the NBA three. That’s true of just about every player in the draft, though, except Malik (Monk); Malik shoots it from half court well.”
Diallo still hasn’t played a game since his time on the AAU circuit, but the times and measurements he’s putting up at the combine are impressive. The possibility of Diallo leaving and never playing a game are getting realer and realer each day.