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Hamidou Diallo skipping NBA Draft Combine

Photo by UK Athletics

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Tonight in “Huh?”: Hamidou Diallo is skipping the NBA Draft Combine. 

Despite recording the second highest max vertical in combine history last year (44.5″), Diallo has elected not to go through the process this time around, according to the Herald Leader. His brother says he will instead stay at UK to focus on preparing for the NBA Draft.

I’ll be honest, I don’t get this at all. After a lackluster season at Kentucky, Diallo’s best chance of improving his stock was showing off his freakish athleticism at the combine. Maybe he’s relying on last year’s results or doesn’t believe he can beat that max vertical, but this just seems odd to me.



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28 Comments for Hamidou Diallo skipping NBA Draft Combine

  1. BBNDan7
    10:32 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe he’s saving himself for team workout instead. Everyone already knows he’s an athletic freak. He needs to show he can actually play in game situations

  2. Rembrandt
    10:32 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Hami is apparently receiving some poor advice. But if he has hired an agent, then he is gone, and it isn’t our problem.

  3. makeitstop
    11:02 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    He was projected as a lottery pick out of HS, played no college ball last year and almost made first round and played one ok season and dropped to 2d round… maybe he figures less is more? It’s logical.

    • TBW3011
      6:46 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      Was NEVER a lottery pick, but otherwise I agree. He needs to hope scouts forget they’ve ever seen him play basketball.

  4. UKinIN
    11:02 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Diallo’s invitation may have required him to play in the games and let’s be honest, after his season that doesn’t sound like a good idea.

    • Rembrandt
      7:12 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      But if that’s really the case, then leaving UK after this season was a bad idea all along and, like I said, the kid is listening to poor advice.

    • timbo
      9:29 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      I bet you wish your “poor advice” was worth a few millions… instead, it’s not worth a few cents. Leave “the kid” be, there’s some free advice for you.

    11:06 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s be honest…Hami was never the brightest bulb in the box. He’ll likely end up like Doron Lamb (who was equally 1-dimensional), and we’ll never here from him again. I think he could have been here the full 4 years, and we’d still be waiting for him to “blossom”. He did Cal a favor by leaving, making room for a much better overall talent.

    • terwilliger
      6:16 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      What an insult to Doron Lamb. What exactly is Hami’s “one dimension” ?? At least Doron had one… it was called OFFENSE. The kid could rain threes on you all day… big time clutch threes, too. He also had the prettiest baseline floater I’ve ever seen at UK. Doron scored 20 points in the damn natty champ game. Without him we don’t hang #8. What did Hami do for us?

    • BBNDan7
      6:51 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      You’re the worst kind of fan

    • Alex90
      7:07 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      You guys are talking like he’s not even a person. The kid is what he is and will be picked at some point in the NBA draft so just shut up. He was a good kid that gave effort every night for his team.

    • timbo
      9:30 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      Thanks Alex. This is what we’re really like, potential recruits!

    • Rembrandt
      7:16 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, let’s be honest then. UKFAN4LYFE is not really a UK fan, has never been a college basketball player, has neven even met Hami, Cal, or Lamb, and has no clue whatsoever what he is talking about.

  6. Daddyof3Ballers
    11:41 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    This just in! He’s actually going to prepare for next years NFL Draft! They said since he’s never played football but can jump he’ll be a top five pick lol

  7. ukkatzfan
    12:18 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    Wish you the best Hami !!! Thank you for you time. Expecting some high flying ESPN Highlights from you.

  8. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    12:39 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    Certainly perplexing. Last year I know he wanted to stay in and the Brooklyn Nets flirted with him a lot but with one first round pick they didn’t want to give him a “draft promise”, this year since they are drafting toward the end of the first round maybe they do make that “promise”.

  9. Jiminy Crickets
    12:46 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    He knew they would make him play in pickup games, which is where he got exposed at last year’s combine. After “measurables” he was a possible lottery pick, but after playing in scrimmage he fell out of first round. Going back could seal his fate

  10. kjd
    6:07 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    Have watched some of NBA playoffs. I just can’t see why anyone would draft him. The only thing said about him, freaky athletic. Basketball player is not a description used.

  11. TBW3011
    6:45 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    They’ve seen him stand flat footed and jump really high before. How would doing it again help his stock? He needs to learn how to dribble and shoot. You know, actually play basketball.

  12. Sentient Third Eye
    8:09 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    It actually makes sense if you think about. He even if he has a spectacular combine numbers again and matches last year, he hasn’t gained anything. The thing he needs to do is prep for workouts. He needs to impress some teams there, because that was his weakness last time.

  13. chrisg18
    8:29 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    No this actually makes a lot of sense and just goes to show you how little the combine measurements mean, especially for a kid with tape. They only matter for kids with little to no game footage, like Hami last year. The only way he improves his stock at the combine is by playing in the games and excelling, and it is more likely he drops doing that. Not sure why KSR keeps pumping the combine measurements. Do you watch the NBA? It is so much more of a skills game now than just who is the most athletic.

  14. RC
    8:48 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    No one questions Hami’s athleticsm but everyone questions his jump shot. They “measure” that at the combine as well (it’s not just shuttle runs and verticals).

    This is a horrible look for a kid who’s a borderline draft pick to begin with. Sorry to hear it but no surprised. Hami- or those around him- aren’t making good decisions with his basketball career. This is just another example.

    • RC
      8:50 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

      Apologies for my horrendous grammar. Coffee hasn’t kicked in.

    • chrisg18
      12:09 pm May 4, 2018 Permalink

      Why would someone without a jump shot want his jumper to be “measured” then? Seems nothing good can come from him attending unless he plays and excels.

  15. Kat4Life
    9:33 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    As I’ve said since the very first time I saw him in Egypt, he will not play a minute in the NBA. Great athlete but sadly that isn’t enough. If you were the 3rd best guard on a mediocre UK squad you should probably learn a second language if you want to play ball professionally.

  16. Alleykat16
    9:38 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    One day I hope these kids stop listening to the wrong people when it comes to playing basketball for a living. We are going to start to see the bad side of the one and done player.

  17. bluecrowe
    9:48 am May 4, 2018 Permalink

    Sadly he is not a basketball player. I wish him luck.

  18. trumpetguy
    5:41 pm May 4, 2018 Permalink

    Basketball skills vs. athleticism……pretty much the question here. NBA may not go for it, but overseas leagues might. Good luck to him.