NORWALK, Ca. -- One of the most impressive players at the annual Pangos All-American Camp was five-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo.
The 6-foot-5 native of New York now finds himself at No. 10 in the latest Scout.com national rankings in the Class of 2017 as he pretty did whatever he wanted during the up-and-down setting of Pangos.
"I had a bunch of confidence going into this," Diallo said.
One of the eye-opening parts of Diallo's Pangos Camp was one game in which he knocked down six three-pointers and looked far more comfortable with his perimeter jumper. Diallo said that working on that jumper has been a huge part of his recent training. During the spring, Diallo only made eight three-pointers on 48 attempts.
"Just being consistent. I've said this in many interviews, but I'm just trying to be consistent and getting in the gym and getting reps up. That's the only way to get better at it," Diallo said of his jumper.
As far as recruiting goes, Diallo is still sifting through all of his offers as he hasn't cut a list of any kind quite yet.
"Right now, cutting a list, I'm still trying to work on that. Still trying to see which schools I'm interested in, which school I'm not interested in. Still a lot of time I would say though," Diallo said.
Duke is still very much involved with Diallo at the moment as he said the Blue Devils are one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.
"Consistently hearing from Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, UConn, Syracuse. Heard from Cal today; UCLA. There's been a bunch of schools that's been in contact," Diallo said.
"Duke still has the same pitch. Great coaches, great program."
Diallo recently took an unofficial visit to Syracuse, and right now, there are no plans for any further visits since he's going to have a busy summer trying out for the USA U18 team while also playing during the July live evaluation period.
While Diallo has been busy traveling around the country playing basketball, he also had a special opportunity to visit the White House last week with some of his Rens teammates and coaches because of the program raising awareness against gun violence in inner cities. The Rens wear an orange patch on their uniforms to help draw attention to the cause.
"It was actually a great experience. Went over there for the gun violence [initiative] and it was great," Diallo said.
"Definitely proud, definitely proud of the movement as well."
The day featured plenty of activities at the White House, including a unique opportunity to play on the court against White House staffers.
"We took the train down from New York, had a nice lunch at the White House. We got to play some of the White House staff, then we met the Chief [of Staff] of the White House. We couldn't get to meet Obama because he had to leave the night before but it was a great experience."
During the spring, Diallo averaged 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the New York Rens, as he helped lead them to an appearance at Peach Jam