Hamidou Diallo

Height: 6-5

Weight: 195

College: Kentucky

Classification: Freshman

Birthdate: 7/31/1998

2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 42

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round

​2018 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 45 by the Brooklyn Nets (rights traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder)

Pros:

Excels at scoring on the move

Fairly good scorer off the dribble

Decent playmaker

Adequate rebounder

Fairly good defensive player

Gifted athlete

Rock solid motor

Has long arms

May have significant upside​

Cons:

Needs to improve his shooting

May need to tweak his shooting mechanics

Can display spotty shot selection

Not an elite ball handler

Can play too wildly on offense

Can have lapses defensively

Does not collect enough steals or blocks

Can be too inconsistent in games

​Summary:

Hamidou Diallo is a very athletic swingman that may have an intriguing set of skills.  He is an aggressive scorer that really excels at getting buckets on fast breaks, and he also has a solid first step that enables him to garner plenty of scores off the dribble.

Plus, he will chip in to help collect some rebounds, and Diallo is also a fairly good defensive player that has the athletic ability, footwork, and instincts to potentially be a lockdown defender on that end of the court.

​However, he will need to improve his jump shot, and his shot has fallen off as of lately.  He also played really poorly recently in a February 6th loss to Tennessee, as he was held scoreless.

​After briefly testing the waters, Hamidou Diallo decided to return to Kentucky, as he will get a chance to play his first full season there in college.  His skills combined with having tremendous athleticism could make him a candidate to go in the first round in 2018.

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

DraftSite Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

2018 ESPN Draft Profile

ESPN Player Profile

HoopsHype Info on Hamidou Diallo

Games Scouted:

7/23/16 USA vs. Canada (U-18 Americas Championships)

11/14/17 Kentucky vs. Kansas

12/16/17 Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

1/9/18 Kentucky vs. Texas A&M

3/15/18 Kentucky vs. Davidson