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Did you know Hamidou Diallo once (kind of) beat Zion Williamson in a dunk contest?

As we wait for former Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo to compete in the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest this Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend, we’re reminded of the time the 6-foot-5 athlete took down this year’s college basketball media darling, Zion Williamson, in a high school dunk contest.

Kind of.

Coming out of high school, the high-flying prospect out of Queens, NY was known as one of the best dunkers in the nation, regardless of class.

During the Elite 24 All-Star Game in 2016, Diall0 found himself matched up with Williamson, where he broke open a lead on the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. All he had to do was complete his last dunk to bring home the title trophy and celebrate with his friends and family in New York City.

With all eyes watching, Diallo missed his last attempt, allowing for the current Blue Devil to edge him out in the event.

Brett Dawson of The Athletic spoke to Diallo about his matchup with Williamson and what happened down the stretch.

“I won,” Diallo said. “I had won. I just didn’t complete the (last) dunk. If I had completed the dunk, I would have won. But basically I won. I did everything to make me a winner up to that point. I just didn’t complete the dunk.”

Former Kentucky guard Tony Delk, who was in attendance at the event, said you knew both prospects would be special talents moving forward.

“You knew you were seeing something,” he said. “They had the creativity, and as athletes, those two guys just stood out from all the other kids.”

No matter how talented Williamson is, Diallo knew he absolutely should have won that night, and it was a moment that has lingered with him ever since.

“And then I just missed,” Diallo said. “That’s how easy it can all be taken away.”

Take a look at the highlights from the event:

Now, Diallo will get his chance to officially take home the crown in the biggest dunk contest in the world.

His competition? Dennis Smith Jr. of the New York Knicks, Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets, and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks.

OddsShark released their updated odds for the popular annual event, with the former Wildcat somehow listed last out of the four competitors.

Doubt it.

To get you prepared for Saturday, take a look at all of the best dunks Diallo has thrown down to start his rookie season in the NBA:

While you’re at it, the official Oklahoma City Thunder Twitter account released an awesome video yesterday afternoon highlighting Diallo’s life growing up in New York and how he got to where he is today playing in the NBA.

Take a look here:

Go get ’em, Hami.

For the entire article from The Athletic, you’ll have to get out your wallet and head here.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

9 Comments for Did you know Hamidou Diallo once (kind of) beat Zion Williamson in a dunk contest?

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    8:27 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    So … we beat LSU (kind of)?

    • memphis wildcat
      9:07 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      And the 2015 team was undefeated (kind of)

    • Jack Pilgrim
      10:08 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink


    • mashburnfan1
      11:37 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Cal teaches just pretend you won, guess Diallo listened to something. Diallo we know you can jump, but sadly that is all you can do. Basketball also requires dribbling, passing, shooting {and prefer making}. You have none of those but keep jumping, is getting you a pretty good check.

  2. BigolBlue
    9:14 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Diallo is better

  3. AwesomeBillFromDawsonville
    9:17 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    This is not a good look.

  4. I’m kind of a big deal.

  5. bigblue2284
    11:37 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Lol ok, this post is a great example of where we are as a program. Looking for something to brag about in another let down season.

    • UKWildcatNation
      1:21 am February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Another let down season?!?? Bedsides the 2015-2016 season where we lost to IU in the Sweet 16 we have had pretty solid seasons…2016-17 we lost at the buzzer to the eventual Champion and last year we were a few missed free throws from another Final Four! And this year we are ranked 5th in the nation, looking at a 2 seed, and a chance to make a major statement on Saturday! Oh, and our only losses (besides the Duke game) have all been basically buzzer beaters! We could very easily 23-1, but I will take 20-4 given our schedule any day! GTFOH and go be a fake fan of another team.