Duke Presentation Of Offer Was New For Diallo

WESTFIELD, In. -- It's been a big few weeks for five-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo, as he's become one of the most sought-after recruits in the country.

WESTFIELD, In. -- It's been a big few weeks for five-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo, as he's become one of the most sought-after recruits in the country.
Things got even more intense for the 6-foot-5 Diallo after the first live period weekend when he received scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky. Currently rated as the No. 9 overall prospect in Scout.com's national Class of 2017 rankings, Diallo is now a national-level recruit being pursued by nearly every blueblood program in college basketball.
"I just feel blessed. It's just a blessing to have those two offer to add to my other offers," Diallo said.
"Two years ago, I didn't even think I would have a Division I scholarship." 
The Duke and Kentucky offers are certainly a game-changer for Diallo, as he's also hearing heavily from Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse and UConn. Although Duke and Kentucky have entered the picture, it hasn't changed anything for Diallo when it comes to recruiting.
"Right now, not really. I'm just worried about the summer right now," Diallo said. "Just keep on getting wins, keep on getting better. Probably after the summer, I'll start narrowing things down, stuff like that."
Diallo's offer from Duke was unique because it featured head coach Mike Krzyzewski and associate head coach Jeff Capel coming on FaceTime to give Diallo the news. It was a surprising way for Diallo to receive the offer, as he admitted that he had never earned a scholarship offer via FaceTime.
"I mean, I didn't know that Coach Capel and Coach Krzyzewski were going to call," Diallo said. "But they ended up calling me and that's how they offered. It was great."
Even though schools are offering and interest is hitting an all-time high for Diallo, he's only worried about improving his game and getting better over the next few months. Playing with the The Rens in the Nike EYBL, Diallo has had a breakout spring, in part because he's able to play with a roster full of shooters, a luxury he didn't have last season in the Under Armour Association. 
The improved floor spacing has led to Diallo putting up big numbers as he's averaging 20.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 46 percent from the field.
"[There's] no pressure on me. Just come out and play hard every game," Diallo said of this spring. "I mean, I just feel like I'm playing good. I'm just going out there and playing hard every game."
Even though Diallo has ascended into the top 10 in a handful of national rankings this spring, he's still trying to work on a few aspects of his game. For as talented as Diallo is, he's only shooting 59 percent from the free-throw line and 29 percent from three-point range.
"[I'm working on] just becoming a leader, that's what I've improved since the high school season," Diallo said. "The next step is just trying to be consistent with everything I do. Tighten up my handles and tighten up my shot."


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