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Calipari drops hints about Hamidou Diallo on latest podcast with Nike creator Phil Knight

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John Calipari truly doesn’t take any time off, does he? Fresh off his team’s 23-point win over Ole Miss, Calipari released a new podcast featuring Nike founder/CEO Phil Knight. The interview was taped after UK’s win over UNC, but leave it to Cal to make sure Kentucky’s in the news, especially on a day he’s doing some very important recruiting. Speaking of recruiting, before getting into the interview, Calipari did a ten-minute intro in which he shared his message to a recruit that was on campus this past week, which has to be Diallo, although he can’t mention him by name.

“I had a recruit on the campus last week and what I talked to him about is not ego, not shots, not minutes, it’s aspirations. I had other players come in the room and tell the young man how hard this is to be here. That this isn’t for everybody. That you’re going to be with other really good players that are going to challenge you everyday. If you’re in this only to get shots and be in part and chase and go play a 2-3 zone and do — you’re not coming here.”

As we reported earlier, Calipari is visiting Diallo today. Diallo can join the team this upcoming semester (so, 12 days from now), and is scheduled to take a visit to Arizona next week. If today’s meeting with Calipari goes well, I have a feeling Diallo will cancel that visit and become a Kentucky Wildcat. In fact, 247 Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer just flipped his pick for Diallo back to Kentucky in the five-star shooting guard’s Crystal Ball…


Listen to Calipari’s podcast with Phil Knight on iTunes, Podbay, Stitcher, etc. It’s interesting stuff.

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8 Comments for Calipari drops hints about Hamidou Diallo on latest podcast with Nike creator Phil Knight

  1. winagain1
    3:38 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t know him but I used to buy eggs from his mom. Nice people

  2. wan8iv
    3:42 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

    My wife who is not a sports fan just read Knight’s book Shoe Dog and thought it was an outstanding read. Knight is truly a visionary and the never give up gene.

  3. Realme
    3:53 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

    More interesting to me is who did Cal try to hire and then not because Phil didn’t give his blessing?

  4. A_Blue_Wildcat
    4:09 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

    The kid is an incredible athlete, but his shooting is really bad and the last thing we need right now is another guard who can’t shoot. I’m also worried that if he comes here that Cal would play him more than he should, since Cal has a history of doing that with high ranked recruits, which would just cause more problems than solutions.

    • StuckinLville
      4:51 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

      He will not play this semester. He has already been told by scouts he needs to go to college because he isn’t ready. Where else better to go to get ready? This semester he can play against the best back court in America, which only makes everyone better. He can always go to the combine, get some feed back, then get back to work this summer. This will only make next years team better because he would basically be a veteran, he”ll know what Cal wants. We need that leadership next year because we will lose a lot when this season is done and over, including the whole back court. This is a very good thing if it happens the way I am reading about it.

  5. donjohnson
    4:17 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

    He has a history of playing higher ranked recruits that are not better? The only circumstance that is even arguable is with the twins. Then, how do sit somebody who single handedly got you so far in previous tournament. Plus there’s a hell of a big difference in saying that someone is better ulis will never be as good as Andrew Harrison. I know people love his intangibles but at the end the day was 5 foot 6 and could not get a shot up when he really needed to

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      5:56 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

      If you think Ulis “will never be as good as Andrew Harrison” then you’re out of your mind. Ulis was a better shooter, smarter player, much better passer, and better defender than Harrison ever was. Also “could not get a shot up when he really needed to”, you’re joking right? He basically won us both games vs Louisville he played in by hitting huge shots late in the game, along with many other clutch shots from other games. I’m truly amazed that someone could post such an incredibly dumb comment like that.

    • donjohnson
      12:12 am December 31, 2016 Permalink

      I’m talking end of half or end of game when it mattered and he iso’d he could never get a shot. In my opinion he was the most overrated player since cal has been here. Specifically here on this site and people who don’t understand basketball talked him up out of this world…..ultimately he was a good passer and an average at best shooter. People just loved him for the same reasons people started talking about out curry being best player in NBA. He is a normal looking little guy and it makes the common peo0le hype them up because it is easier to.root for them than say LeBron who the Lord put on this earth basketball. Aaron a much better pro. Ulis will NEVER play significant minutes in the NBA because he cannot guard anyone.the NBA is the best league in the world they both play point guard. One has a career ahead and one will never play. Take it for what it is.