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Hamidou Diallo will RETURN to Kentucky

After waiting until the very last minute in the process, we now know that Hamidou Diallo will suit up for the University of Kentucky Wildcats for the 2017-18 basketball season.

The top-ranked shooting guard in the 2017 recruiting class, Diallo enrolled at UK in time for the spring semester but never left the bench, exclusively practicing with the team for the final three months of the season.  Diallo’s return to Kentucky gives John Calipari nine Top 50 recruits on next year’s roster.

Old enough to enter the NBA draft, the Queens native was projected to be picked at the end of the first round or the beginning of the second round.  His home town team was Kentucky’s greatest threat.  The Brooklyn Nets have picks at 22 and 27 and they worked out Diallo, but Hami decided to return to Kentucky to play his way into the lottery.

Prepare to see more of this next year in Lexington.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

73 Comments for Hamidou Diallo will RETURN to Kentucky



  1. abevh5
    11:42 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Time for 9 boys



    • snoopjdawg
      11:47 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

      I agree. No excuses. Time to win another one.



    • NcCatFan75
      10:39 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Umm, not so fast there. It certainly increases the odds, but don’t forget we only have 3 ppg and a team FULL of freshmen. Not to mention the outside game may struggle to boot, so expect teams to pack it in. If these kids grow up quick and if we get 1-2 guys who hit 3s consistently, we’ll be a tough out for sure



  2. Go_Wildcats_Go
    11:44 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Great news! Thanks Drew!!



    • njCat
      11:53 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

      Not Drew



  3. true2blue
    11:44 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Finally I can go to bed! I feel physically and mentally exhausted waiting on this all day. Lol



  4. KyCats8x
    11:45 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Welcome back HD



  5. Kelkat
    11:45 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Magic 8 Ball is never wrong…told ya’ll hours ago…



  6. ClutchCargo
    11:45 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Woohoo!!! Maybe the biggest announcement of the offseason.



  7. snoopjdawg
    11:46 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Exhausted and glad he returned. Time for 9.



  8. plumloopy
    11:46 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Good. Let’s move on.



  9. SADmaninKy
    11:47 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    I guess his coach’s wife’s hairdresser was wrong about him transferring to Duke.



    • BBNDan7
      9:10 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Guess I need to find a new source then too man



  10. AllBlueAllDay
    11:47 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Never been so happy to finally hear that laugh. Lets get it done boys.



  11. jos_ros_
    11:49 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    can’t wait to hear how he finally came to his decision 20 minutes prior to deadline. what a ride.



    • BBNDan7
      9:10 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Probably was holding out till the last minute to see if anyone would promise to draft him first round



  12. turdyshmurda
    11:50 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Where’s that idiot dumb ass ukgrad2006



    • 4everblue
      6:05 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      you mean the one who said he was going to play overseas? That idiot?



    • catsarerunnin
      7:29 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      You and your cesspool friends were wrong again huh turdy? Shit happens.



    • Ukgrad2006
      9:37 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Is this because I’m black?? You guys are racists!!



  13. BBNDan7
    11:51 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Income Randall lee and Jim Tom with the hot takes until he wins us a game and they love him



    • Booby Petrino
      11:55 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

      Jim bob lee tom are still gonna complain.



    • J-Dub421
      12:00 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Aw, but they found love together.



    • jim tom
      6:22 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Would you care to say that directly to my face brave man ?



    • BBNDan7
      9:11 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Seeing as I don’t know who you even are, sure just provide me a way to contact you, brave man



    • catsarerunnin
      7:32 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Calm down Tammy Sue. No need to stop bein a lady just because you were wrong….again.



    • unbridled
      9:01 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Jym Thom is suuuuuper tough people. Don’t poke the bear! He might cobble together a coherent thought at some point and hurt your feelings. Consider yourself warned.



    • catsarerunnin
      12:46 pm May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Hell will freeze over and pigs will fly before Tammy Sue cobbles together anything remotely resembling a coherent thought.



  14. Jarisn02
    11:54 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    I said he was coming back a week ago, when Cal “finalized” the roster, old news.



  15. Booby Petrino
    11:54 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Dan B, where ya at?



  16. zconleyFTOD
    11:55 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    This is gonna be a fun season. Welcome back Hami!



  17. 4everblue
    11:55 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Cant be true….Dan Bliizenbeiber knows him personally and HD told him was staying in the draft.



  18. hweathers
    11:56 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    What’s the next crisis to avert?



    • a21CATSfan
      12:01 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Jarred Vanderbilt injury status.



    • Angelo
      1:32 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      great point. but crisis sucks us in… clicks pay the bills.



  19. bigbluemistake33
    11:57 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Excuse me for not being super excited. I’m really excited about our guys coming in. I think Knox is going to be a huge game changer for us. Bamba would have been a season changer.

    I just don’t see all the hype about a guy who couldn’t get off the bench last year… if the excuse was that he didn’t want to hurt his draft status – well…

    Go BBN. #TimeFor9



    • chris43
      2:03 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Couldn’t get off the bench last year?!? Are you insane? That was in no part due to his talent level! That was Cal’s decision….SMFH



    • 4everblue
      6:07 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      And the idiots just keep coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches….



    • bigbluemistake33
      9:33 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Can someone please explain the logic behind that decision? If he is that insanely good, why would Cal keep him on the bench? What did he have to gain by doing that?



  20. AmazzzingLarry
    11:57 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Woohoo! Scary team next year. Congrats on your engagement, Nick!



  21. Han
    11:58 pm May 24, 2017 Permalink

    Diallo, Green, Alexander, Baker, Knox, Vanderbilt, Washington, Richards, Gabriel, SKJ, Wynyard, (Calipari, David, Pulliam).

    Assuming Cal doesn’t somehow land Johnson too (never say never), that’s a pretty decent roster, eh?



    • a21CATSfan
      12:04 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      That’s only 11 scholarship players. Assuming Cal keeps an open spot, he still has room for Cam Johnson. I believe he would be a better backup guard option than Shai or Jemarl (at this point). Knox and Vanderbilt can play some 2-guard as well.



  22. BluegrassKat
    12:00 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Sportscenter Top 10 make room for Hami!



  23. a21CATSfan
    12:00 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Ok, what’s next? A Jarred Vanderbilt update?!



  24. njCat
    12:02 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    This kid totally disrespected Cal, the coaches and the UK fans. Seems everyone around him knew what he was going to do, but he still left everyone hanging until 20 minutes before the deadline. For what? Does he now expect everyone to support him like they do the other players who clearly want to be at UK.

    Hope the team does well next year, but he’s already my least favorite player ever.



    • a21CATSfan
      12:05 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Yes. Yes, we will support him.



    • gobble gobble
      12:07 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Dude, shuuuttt uuuuuppp!!! You’re a complete MORON. He doesn’t owe anything to you or anyone else. This is Diallo’s future, not yours… He has the right to take however long he pleases. It’s people like you that give UK fans a bad name.



    • timbo
      12:16 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Yep.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:15 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Spoken like someone who has never been good enough at anything to have a great opportunity.

      This had NOTHING to do with him wanting to be at UK. If anyone in any field had a possible chance at participating at the highest level and didn’t at least consider that option – that would make that individual an idiot.

      Absolutely support him.
      Sorry your precious feelings have been hurt I have not been disrespected at all.



    • ibescootch
      12:17 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I saw a comment up above that was stupid, but yours is much stupider. Like, waaaay stupider. As it was mentioned, his decision is not about you, or any other fan, or Cal. It’s about his future. And I’m honestly having a hard time figuring out what you mean that “everyone around him knew”. Like, who? And how do you know that? And who cares if he knew last week, last month, or last year- that’s the point of having a deadline- he can take as much time as he wants to make the right decision. And also, you’re now my least favorite fan.



    • LegggoooCats
      12:19 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      njCat, you are definitely my least favorite commenter on this thread. Yes, he will receive incredible support from us true fans. He need not worry about jackasses like you who expect to be in the inner circle. I’m sure Cal knew much earlier than when we all found out. And even if Diallo waited until 11:59pm, so be it… this is a HUGE, life decision for him and his family. You probably have a tough time choosing between fries or onion rings at White Castle, yet you’re mad at Hami for not making a million dollar decision sooner. STFU!



    • njCat
      12:21 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      You’re right. He doesn’t owe us anything. And we don’t owe him anything.



    • Angelo
      1:36 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Come on. Give an 18 year old a break. He is only worried about the rest of his life…



    • 4everblue
      6:10 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      njcat you’re a complete [email protected]@ass! You should pick another program to complain about. You are the one that is disrespectful!



    • babbus
      7:07 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Disagree that he disrespected anyone. But do agree that he is currently my least favorite player on the roster



    • catsarerunnin
      7:40 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Well I hope we all can go on with our lives knowing he’s your least favorite player on the roster.



    • david8577
      8:32 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      njcat, He disrespected no one. You on the other hand, with your selfish and ignorant comments, have disrespected your family name. I bet njcat sr. is ashamed of you.



    • unbridled
      9:08 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      If you believe that coach cal and the university were somehow unaware that diallo would test the NBA waters this year….you are painfully stupid. Coach cal would likely be furious if he didn’t. Njcat has clearly out kicked his coverage.



  25. a21CATSfan
    12:10 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    [email protected] you Mo Bamba!



  26. Ukfan1010
    12:12 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    What is everyone’s projected starting 5?? I’m going with: Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards! Wow.. P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel coming off the bench.. this could be a scary good team! Can’t wait!!!!



    • babbus
      7:09 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      First Platoon – Green, Diallo, Knox, Gabriel, Richards
      Second Platoon – Alexander, Baker, Vanderbilt, Washington, SKJ



  27. sincitycat
    12:14 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Tipping one in Kanab, Utah while visiting Zion and Bryce National Parks and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary…Cats, Cats, Cats.



  28. KYcats11
    12:17 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Congrats on your proposal, Nick!



  29. Kevin C
    3:11 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Great decision…he should be a top-5 pick next year.



  30. GroundControlToNumber9
    7:58 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Love this kids game… and his decision making might be even better!

    Seriously – he’s just let all the NBA teams know he makes intelligent decisions. That makes him even more valuable in next years draft. Clearly as a Kentucky fan it’s great news… but it means more.

    It indicates things about his potential. He’s a thinking man. He can analyze things. At 18 years old!



  31. charlier
    8:51 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I have to believe this young man was waiting to hear from the NBA teams that were considering him for the first round. The timing may have been out of his hands due to them not getting back to him with a confirmation that they would select him in the first round. Once he had all his information then he correctly took his time to make a life altering decision. This wasn’t something that you decide on a whim. Welcome back Hami. I hope you and the rest of these Cats have a truly special season. I also hope you are a top lottery pick next year like Fox and Monk will be this year.



  32. BBNDan7
    9:12 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Guys, I know Mo Bamba personally and he tells me he’s backing out of Texas and coming here now (sarcasm for those who missed that other dans comments)



  33. UK Fan In Nashville
    9:24 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    God this is huge. Best player on this team, easily. Knox and Diallo will both be in the chase for the Wooden Award at the end of the season. Green just has to be a floor general now. He does not have any pressure to create. The offense runs through Diallo and Knox. I think this recruiting class can now be compared to the best class of all time. Six 5-stars, seven top-30 players, two 4-stars. Just incredible. Would have loved Bamba, but we don’t need him to win the ship. And since he went to Texas instead of Duke or Carolina, we don’t have to worry about him competing against us for the championship. So freaking excited! Now let’s get behind this baseball team and get them a national championship too!



    • Luether
      6:44 pm May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Not even close to the best class of all time…



  34. TheMaxCat
    9:54 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I love Hami, Knox and Vanderbilt. I also look for big strides from the two prime returnees (Gabriel and SKJ). I would still like to get Johnson and dont know why he wouldn’t come to UK and play right away and get even more time next year after a couple of these guys go to the league. Two years practicing and playing at UK versus sitting out for one at NC, I dont understand how he sees that as a better situation for him, oh well!