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Diallo projected as second-round pick

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Hamidou Diallo should return to school.

He made the right decision by entering the draft; hopefully he will make the right decision and return to school, if the current projections are where he really stands to go.

The latest to project Diallo’s NBA draft future is, which released its updated mock draft Wednesday evening. DraftExpress’s new projection has Diallo going No. 33 overall to the Orlando Magic in the second round.

ESPN’s Chad Ford said the same thing about Diallo a couple of days ago, adding that he could climb his way into the lottery by playing one season at UK:

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Fr, Kentucky*

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. [ESPN]

So unless there’s a team out there that tells Diallo they’re willing to gamble with him in the mid- to late-first round, it would be in his best interest to come back and ball out in Lexington next year. Then again, maybe a team will fall in love with him at the combine, who knows.

But for now, the early projections aren’t great for the potential none-and-done Wildcat.

The deadline to return to school is May 24. The combine will be held May 9-14.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Diallo projected as second-round pick

  1. jahanc2uky
    1:40 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Risk > Reward. He stays in college has a great year and goes lottery. Or plays D League has great year, gets promoted to NBA signs bigger contract as a 2nd round pick. Am I missing something, why would he come back and chance an injury?

    • njCat
      1:51 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

      Can get injured in D league too. Many more games and much more physical. Risk at U.K. is less and better chance of guaranteed money.

      Be smart Hami!

    • bhb71
      3:49 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

      Because the contract he’d get from being a lottery pick would be over double that of a second rounder or D-League call up. I see going to the draft now as a much bigger risk than staying here in the long run.

  2. Booby Petrino
    1:46 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Well the KSR message board experts say he gone, so Drew should take notice.

  3. chicago_cat
    2:28 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    He gone

  4. bluecat15
    3:35 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Hope he stays, but if he goes I hope he does well. If he goes he should be the one and only mid season player we should allow here.

  5. Hancock73
    3:51 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I think he will be in a UK uniform next year. No way that he passes up being a rock star at Kentucky next year, for a shot at the D League. Relax peoples.

    • Catsby80
      4:39 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

      if the price is right, he’ll go. Somebody offers you a couple million bucks to go play basketball without having ever stepped foot on a college court, wouldn’t you go?

      I still think he comes back because I think he’s got an opportunity go be a higher draft pick next year and make even more money, but the notion that he is absolutely coming back is a bit foolish.

  6. Bobbum Man
    4:33 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I feel like there’s little chance he goes… of course he tests it and gets the feedback but I highly doubt he goes anywhere. And people forget these kids have insurance policies to help protect against injury, sure it wouldn’t be as good as a contract but still. He would be far better off as a lottery pick than a year in the D league and getting called up as another commenter seemed to think

    • Catsby80
      4:41 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

      I believe that the insurance policies are only in place if the player suffers a career ending injury… So if (God forbid) he just tore his ACL, then he wouldn’t be entitled to any monies unless he never played again.

  7. DelrayCat
    5:47 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    What if he sucks?
    It’s a tough call, but think he will go since he is basically an unknown quantity. By coming to UK he runs the risk of being exposed as an average player, and then he may never get paid big money. Going now at least may insure a decent first contract…although many 2nd round guys do not get guaranteed money.

    • DelrayCat
      5:51 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

      BTW…I am not saying he does, in fact, suck…just that only in the event he does, then going out now may put more money in his pocket long term. Shooting guards who are not very good shooters (but “scorers”) can be a crapshoot in the NBA.

  8. Bluemister
    3:19 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Our first “0” and Done.