Five-star recruit Hamidou Diallo told Scout back in late September that he graduated from high school in the spring, thus making him potentially eligible for the NBA Draft.
On Friday at the National Prep Showcase, Diallo, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound shooting guard, had a chance to show off his game in front of a large contingent of intrigued NBA scouts.
“I think I played alright,” Diallo told Scout after the game. “I just led my team to a W. That was the biggest thing. Coach asked me to lead the team to a W and that’s what I did.”
Diallo, a standout at Putnam (Conn.) Putnam Science Academy, scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win over Sunrise Christian.
“I’m just worried about getting better every day and just getting better and making my team better,” Diallo said. “Bunch of college and NBA dudes are here and I’m just worried about getting better.”
Diallo’s physical gifts and athleticism is among the attributes the NBA scouts were impressed with.
“I love his athleticism, which enables him to accelerate by or rise over the defense to get easy baskets in transition and clean looks in the half court,” one NBA scout told Scout. “Also liked his comfort using his off hand to handle and pass, and his tools to defend.”
“[He’s an] intriguing raw, athletic talent, who excelled in transition,” another NBA scout said. “Impressive explosiveness with natural physical tools. Will be interesting to see how his skill set evolves.”
Although the option to potentially go pro will be there, Diallo is far from making that determination.
“Right now, I’m just worried about getting better everyday and getting my team better, I’m not worried about college or the NBA right now,” Diallo said.
In terms of his college recruitment, Diallo recently narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse. Diallo, who hasn't set any college visits, isn't expected to make his college choice until the spring.
Of the schools still involved with his recruitment, only Kentucky was represented on Friday, as assistant Tony Barbee was at the Prep Showcase to take in the action.
Diallo is regarded as the No. 1 shooting guard and the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.