Adidas Gauntlet: Alpha Diallo

SUWANEE, Ga. — The Colorado Hawks didn't enter the Gauntlet finale as one of the event's glamour teams, but Alpha Diallo certainly commanded attention and compelled coaches to drive the 30-plus minutes from the event's headquarters to Tucker High.

A 6-5 wing forward from Denver, Colo., Alpha Diallo has enjoyed some outstanding moments at the event. In a contest versus New Orleans Elite, for example, Diallo performed a key role in leading the Hawks to a win. He scored 14 points, pulled down six rebounds and handed out six assists.

A very solidly built perimeter player, he loves to batter opponents on a physical basis yet possesses solid court vision and whips sharp passes to teammates on the move. He's a talented dribbler as well and can drive either right or left.

His jump shot may loom as one critical question he'll have to answer in order to attract more scholarship offers. He shot an impressive 14 free throws versus N.O. Elite yet converted only eight, and he missed his only three-pointer. Still, a strong driver with ball skills and at least reasonable athleticism can make a home for himself somewhere on the college level.

Diallo appears to be a natural wing forward and said he'd like to play either that position or shooting guard in college. Given his size and strength, however, the 'three' seems to be the most likely destination.

He holds a solid base of mostly mid-major interest and certainly can play at the upper end of that level, if not higher.

"Weber State, Northeastern, Wichita State and Wyoming are some of the main (schools)," Diallo said.

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