Hamidou Diallo is one of the top shooting guards in the 2017 class and one of the top players in the northeast in the cycle overall. The Putnam (Conn.) High prospect already has an impressive offer list with schools like Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville and several others in pursuit of his services.
That list has grown as the Syracuse Orange have extended a scholarship opportunity. He seems to be a perfect fit for Syracuse with his length, athleticism and shooting ability. The following is from his Scout evaluation in his profile.
"Of all the shooting guard prospects in the 2017 class, Hamidou Diallo has as (much) upside as anyone. At 6-foot-4, Diallo is a terrific athlete with impressive leaping ability. He moves his feet well laterally, has good length and plays hard, which all helps him on the defensive end. At this stage, Diallo is a streaky long-range shooter, but is certainly capable of hitting a streak of jumpers. He's good in space and makes play after play in transition."
Diallo was invited to Syracuse's Elite Camp at the end of August, but was unable to attend. He will likely receive an invitation to Orange Madness in October. Assistant Gerry McNamara and head coach Jim Boeheim watched Diallo in person multiple times this summer.
A wing or scoring guard will be important for Syracuse in the 2017 class, and Diallo is certainly among the most talented wing prospects. Many think in-state UConn is the current favorite, but Syracuse will have a chance to make a push.