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Hamidou Diallo Rocketing To Stardom

The N.Y. native shined in front of the Tar Heel staff on EYBL's opening weekend.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Competing in his debut EYBL event, Hamidou Diallo proved in The Big Apple that he’s already one of the circuit’s best players.

For a Queens native like Diallo, the first EYBL session in Brooklyn offered a unique opportunity. Not only did he change from Under Armour to Nike, he was able to take the court in his home city.

”It feels great because I get to come out and show what the city’s all about, play hard out there and put out for Queens every day,” Diallo said.

Broader ambitions aside, Diallo has ample incentive to showcase his game for his own sake as well. Generally considered a top-10 talent, he certainly played the part throughout the weekend in New York.

Diallo averaged 18 points per game, including 4-10 on threes, and he also nabbed more than three steals per contest. He’s an extremely explosive scorer and indefatigable warrior who competes from horn to horn and on both ends of the court.

His New York Rens dropped a tight contest to city rival PSA Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, but they still finished 2-1 and appear to be one of the toughest squads on the circuit. Obviously, he’s a critical piece of the puzzle and has cast his eyes on a huge close to his grassroots career.

”My goals this summer are just to have a great summer with the N.Y. Rens, try to win the Peach Jam, and my goal individually is just to be consistent in everything I do,” Diallo said.

”Just being a leader. That’s what I’m working on this year, just trying to lead these guys.”

From a recruiting perspective, North Carolina is among the many schools to have reached out.

”They’ve been in contact with me, I’ve spoken to Coach McGrath and they’re recruiting me very hard,” Diallo said. “Roy was out here to see me (this weekend).”

Of course, the next question is whether an offer will be forthcoming. With others tossing their hats into the ring already this week, the aggressive guard won’t be surprised if the Tar Heels do as well.

”Coach McGrath told me that they were basically just waiting on Roy Williams to see me,” he said.

Diallo added that he has no immediate timeline and likely won’t begin to narrow his list until after the summer period. He’s the No. 9 ranked player in the nation, according to Scout, and certainly he did not damage his stock as the travel season has begun.

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