McDonald's: Diallo Adjusting

McDonald's All-American of Our Savior New American School (N.Y.) Cheick Diallo talks about the experience from Chicago and more.

Our Savior New American School (N.Y.) and McDonald's All-American Cheick Diallo is originally from Mali, which makes the All-American experience an even more exciting one.

"It's not a surprise but because McDonald's All-American was kind of my dream. I was always thinking, 'Wow, how can I be a McDonald's All-American?' I think before if you said I was a McDonald's All-American I am so surprised to be here because I am not from America, I am from Africa."

He added, "We do a lot of big men stuff, and pick and roll, and so that is my favorite part."

Plus, playing and learning from some of the best prospects in the country makes it even more memorable for the 6-9 prospect.

"There is a lot of experience there. Because I have played with some of them before, but there are others that I haven't played with before. So that is a lot of experience to me."

Diallo is currently considering Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and St. John’s. Even though he's one of the top basketball prospects left on the board, he didn't grow up playing the sport.

"It is a lot of experience because basketball is very different between my country and here. It's not the same type here," Diallo said. "My country we play soccer. Soccer is the most there. But here Basketball is more popular."

He continued, "I used to play soccer when I was younger. I started playing basketball in 2010, which wasn't even long ago. My dad told me to stop playing soccer because I was getting tall, and my dad said oh Cheick you have to stop playing soccer and you have to find a different sport, so I choose basketball."

With his height, Diallo knew that his new sport might be one he had potential in.

"I had some friends play basketball, and they would tell me I was getting tall and needed to play basketball. Then maybe one day when I came to the USA I would say I would play," Diallo said.

And as for a decision, Diallo is getting closer to one.

"Yes. I have some of the same schools as some of the other guys. Maybe I want to commit sometime in April like after or before the Jordan game," Diallo said.


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