About Hamidou Diallo
Hamidou Diallo is an explosive athlete with great speed and leaping ability in the open floor whose tools shined in spurts defensively amid flashes of floor spacing potential at the college level. A consensus top-15 player in the high school class of 2017, Diallo enrolled at Kentucky mid-year, redshirting the end of the 2016-2017 season. The freakishly athletic guard declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and attended the Draft Combine before opting to withdraw his name from consideration. Diallo earned a spot on the USA Basketball team coached by John Calipari that took home a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship last summer. Averaged 10 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game for a Kentucky team that peaked late in the year to win the SEC Championship and make it to the Sweet 16 after falling out of the top-25 for stretches of conference play.
- Measured 6’6 in shoes with a tremendous 6’11.5 wingspan and a lean 197-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has solid size for a wing, great length, and tremendous all-around athleticism. Posted a 44.5-inch maximum vertical leap at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine. Didn’t test quite as well in 2018, but that didn’t stop him from building an impressive highlight reel at Kentucky as he is one of the most impressive run-jump athletes among players in this draft.
- Did not play a particularly large role for the Wildcats offensively, but contributed heavily in a couple of key areas. Scored at a very strong rate in the transition showcasing his remarkable athleticism. Provided some invaluable jump shooting playing off the ball for the Wildcats, who looked like a different team when their young core was making jumpers.
- Has terrific tools and potential as a defender, especially if he can continue to get stronger. Length and lateral quickness could allow him to comfortably guard multiple positions. Allowed just 0.598 points per Spot Up possession[96th percentile] showing impressive recovery speed. Awareness off the ball has room to improve, but has the tools to cover many of his mistakes. Makes some impressive plays for a guard protecting the rim.
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Ranked 21st among guards