Diallo talks about Louisville offer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Woodstock, Conn., Academy combo guard Hamidou Diallo has picked up several new scholarship offers since the contact period began on Monday, including one from the University of Louisville. Diallo talks about his interest in the Cardinals and his conversation with assistant coach Mike Balado.

One of the standouts of the Under Armour circuit this spring, Woodstock, Conn., Academy 2017 combo Hamidou Diallo has picked up a ton of interest in recent weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Diallo said he has added offers from Louisville, Indiana, Maryland and North Carolina State in the past two days and also mentioned Connecticut St. John's, Wake Forest and Minnesota.

"I'm not surprised but because I have put in the work to prove that I can play at that level," Diallo said. "The coaches have been telling me a lot of good things about my game and how I have improved."

Diallo said he wasn't surprised by the offer from Louisville and said he spoke with assistant coach Mike Balado on Wednesday, noting the Cardinals "really like tough guards."

"All of the guards when they leave Louisville are prepared to go to the next level," Diallo said. "(Balado) told me to have a great camp and told me he wanted to talk a lot more and get to know me."

While talking about the Cardinals and Rick Pitino's style, Diallo was asked if he considered himself a tough guard. He smiled.

"Oh, yes," he said. "Just what I bring to the floor. When I come onto the floor I think there's nobody else better than me."

Diallo said it's "real early" in the process and with so many new schools he "doesn't have a favorite," but noted the Cardinals will be one of the schools that remains in the mix.

"They're one of the best programs in the nation," he said. "I want to talk with them more."

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