Diallo looking at Arizona

Cheick Diallo had an impressive summer and it led to an offer from Arizona. Read on to see where the Wildcat stand, who else is involved, and more.

One of the younger players that turned heads at the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tournament in late July is 2015 power forward Cheick Diallo.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man from Bronx Our Savior New American had a good showing at Peach Jam and it carried over to the Fab 48 event.

Arizona extended an offer in Diallo's direction shortly prior to the Las Vegas tournament. Coach Eric Jaklitsch, who spoke on Diallo's behalf, knows what it means for Diallo to get an offer from a school like UA this early in the recruiting process.

"It's really good," Jaklitsch said. "He went to Peach Jam and just blew up. No one really knew who he was except for us and he played on a really good high school team this year that had two kids who went to St. John's. So he didn't really show anyone nationally until now, but it's an honor that he got an offer from Arizona early."

Jaklitsch informed Wildcats' assistant Book Richardson about Diallo and the Wildcats' assistant told Jaklitsch of the team's interest shortly thereafter.

"I had told Book about him," Jaklitsch said. "They decided to offer him right after his performance at Peach Jam."

Diallo is still relatively new to the United States; so new that he isn't familiar with the Arizona staff and is still learning about the world of college basketball.

"He hasn't established any relationship with Book," Jaklitsch said. "I know Book, but (Diallo) is just finding out about the recruiting process. He doesn't know the difference between Arizona and Northern Arizona. He's from Africa, so he's just kind of figuring it all out right now."

As for his play in Las Vegas, it was a bit impressive for a player who just moved over from Africa in 2011. He already shows signs of being an elite post defender, but perhaps the most impressive trait he possesses is his ability to stay composed and make smart plays around the basket on the offensive end of the floor.

Jaklitsch admits that, despite still being a little raw, Diallo has plenty of talent to work with and a support system around him that allows him to develop.

"He has a lot of natural ability," Jaklitsch said. "But he was coached very well. He's a good listener and the AAU team practices three times a week so that helps."

Due to Diallo's age and lack of knowledge when it comes to college basketball, his recruitment is wide open at the moment.

"He's open right now," Jaklitsch said. "It's an open process."

Just now entering his sophomore year in high school, Diallo's recruitment is already becoming one of the most followed in the 2015 high school class. He has already been given numerous offers and the nation's top programs are already eyeing him.

"He's got over eight offers right now," Jaklitsch said. "St. John's, Washington, UCLA, Kentucky, Villanova, Syracuse and West Virginia (are all watching him). There are a bunch of offers I can't remember right now."

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