Hamidou Diallo had an incredible day at the NBA Combine, turning in the second best vertical jump in combine history at 44.5″. This has to be an overwhelming time for Hami, who arrived in Lexington in January, and since declaring for the draft, we haven’t really heard from him…until now. Diallo spoke to ESPN about the draft process, telling Jeff Goodman that it hasn’t always been an easy one.
“It’s just been a difficult process. I ended up trying to do this because the coaching staff at Kentucky guided me through this process. I thought this was the best thing for me to do, test the waters and see where I stand. If now is the time, then so be it. But I wouldn’t mind going back to the University of Kentucky. I’m still leaving both doors open.”
Diallo said his game improved immensely thanks to his four months at UK, which included going against De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, and Dominique Hawkins in practice, during which, interestingly, he said he mostly played point. What does Hami have to hear to decide to stay in the draft?
“I would say it’s all about feel. No certain info. Just all about feel and feeling it out and trusting those around me and making an educated decision.”
Watch the interview below, thanks to Jen Palumbo, and a montage of Hami’s performance today:
– Jennifer Palumbo (@JenNimePalumbo) May 11, 2017
– Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 11, 2017