Diallo a top Louisville target in 2017

Woodstock, Conn., Academy combo guard Hamidou Diallo has more than 20 scholarship offers and is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017. Diallo landed an offer from Louisville in June and has become a top target for the Cardinals' in the '17 class.

The University of Louisville basketball staff is still trying to secure a couple of other prospects to fill out the Class of 2016, but the staff is also already lining up top targets in the Class of 2017.

And one of those targets is Woodstock, Conn., Academy combo guard Hamidou Diallo.

The 6-foot-4 Diallo has picked up a ton of interest after a sensational spring and summer and said he wasn't surprised the Cardinals' have targeted him as a top prospect in '17.

"I'm not surprised really," Diallo said. "I know I have put in the work to play at that level."

Diallo has not only added an offer from Louisville since June but also has offers from Maryland, Villanova, Minnesota, Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, Providence, St. John's, USC and Wake Forrest and plenty of others.

He said the Louisville coaches have told him the way he plays is like Rick Pitino wants to use guards.

"I know Louisville creates tough guards," Diallo said. "I know when a guard leaves Louisville they are ready for the next level and they are very tough."

Diallo said it's "way too early" to think about narrowing his list but has talked about trying to make visits.

"Right now, I am just looking at schools," Diallo said. "I would like to see every school that is recruiting me. Every school that has been contacting me is a pretty big school.

"I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff. I want to make sure it's like a family."

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