Last year Thon Maker opted to skip college and head to the NBA Draft, where he was selected No. 10 overall.
2017 five-star wing Hamidou Diallo is eligible to do the same, and he's giving it some thought.
Diallo, a 6-foot-5 electric athlete, told Scout on Thursday that he graduated from high school last year at Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy. Diallo is now doing a post-graduate season at PSA, which means by the time the NBA Draft rolls around next June he will be a full year removed from his high school graduating class, making him eligible.
"It’s definitely something that I’m going to look into," Diallo said when asked about the draft. "It’s my ultimate goal and I don’t feel like it would hurt me looking into. But as of now I want to go to college."
For a player of Diallo's caliber, testing the waters appears to be a good idea. Once the necessary steps are taken, NBA scouts will show up in droves to watch Diallo at Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy this season.
Diallo, who ranks as the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 10 overall prospect in the class, had a dominating spring and summer playing for the NY Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he averaged 19.1 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
"Hami is a guy anyone would want to coach and you would hate to play against," one high major assistant coach told Scout. "His competitive spirt is off the charts and you win with guys like him"
If Diallo does opt for the college route, he doesn't lack any options.
On September 9th, college coaches could begin traveling to high schools to watch prospects workout and conduct in-home visits. Since then, Diallo has met with Sean Miller, John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Tom Crean, Bill Self, Kevin Ollie and Marvin Menzie.
"I’m still working on the process of setting up visits and cutting down my list," Diallo said. "A couple of schools have been in and I know more are coming in."
With a NBA decision and college decision looming, Diallo said he'll bypass their early signing period.
Get a look at Diallo in action in these highlights.