The deadline for Hamidou Diallo to pull his name from the NBA draft pool and return to Kentucky is only 40 minutes away. Fans are still anxiously refreshing the internet for an announcement, but there’s one thing you should keep in mind: Diallo doesn’t have to announce anything tonight. He should, and it will be cold-blooded if he doesn’t, but nothing says Diallo has to tell us anything. His only obligation is to inform the NCAA, the NBA and the University of Kentucky if he plans to pull his name from the draft and return to school. If he is keeping his name in the draft, he doesn’t have to say anything at all; although, again, that would be pretty cruel to the fan base.
So as we continue losing our minds and staying up past our bedtimes these next 40 minutes, just know that there may not be an answer when the clock strikes midnight. We hope there will be answer, and there should be an answer, but it’s all up to Diallo. Nothing requires him to tell the public anything.
Now back to waiting and refreshing. I have my finger on the KSR app alert and I don’t care who it wakes up if the news breaks tonight.