Jeff Goodman, one of the last remaining employees at ESPN, spoke to several NBA execs about the futures of the undecided prospects at this week’s combine.
Of course, Hamidou Diallo is one of the 14 undecided, and the consensus from the NBA execs in Goodman’s rolodex is the 18-year-old should return to the University of Kentucky to increase his stock before officially entering the draft with an agent.
Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats
He enrolled at the semester break last year but didn’t play for the Wildcats. Diallo is a big-time athlete, but the knock on him is his feel for the game and ability to make shots from the perimeter. “He’s a freak athlete but has so much to learn,” one NBA executive said. Another wondered whether it might not be advantageous to leave now, for fear of being exposed at the college level.
Range: Early second round
NBA says: Back to school
However, many NBA know-it-alls see Diallo as the most athletic player in the draft and they believe someone will take a chance on him in the first round. This will ultimately come down to if Diallo trusts a team will take him that early, and if he would rather do that than potentially play his way into the lottery with one season at UK.
Where you going, Hami????