Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UK Men’s Basketball Class of 2017 Early Signee Hamidou Diallo Enrolls in Classes


UK Men’s Basketball Signee Hamidou Diallo Enrolls in Classes

Hamidou Diallo signs with Kentucky


John Calipari on the addition of the nation's No. 1 shooting guard:

“What excited me was that Hamidou wanted more than anything else to train with our guys and to practice and wasn’t worried about playing games this year. It gives him an unbelievable head start on next year, and as I told him, he’s being put in a position to lead next season because he’s going to have that head start on everyone else.

“As far as what Hamidou can do, he’s a 6-5, 6-6 wing who is an unbelievable defender, athletic, has great ball skills and is a terrific finisher. He’s going to challenge Malik (Monk), De’Aaron (Fox), Isaiah (Briscoe), Mychal (Mulder) and Dominique (Hawkins) every day, which is great for our team, as well as what they’ll challenge him to do. This wasn’t expected, but I’m so happy for him that it’s played out this way where he can come in and focus on getting better and getting ready to chase his dreams.”

Hamidou Diallo on why he chose Kentucky:

“I’m blessed and excited to be here at the University of Kentucky. I can’t wait to hit the floor and get rolling and get better each and every day. I chose the University of Kentucky because the plan Coach Cal had for me was just phenomenal and I felt like this was the best place for me to achieve my goals. I felt like this was the best choice for me and my family.”

HAMIDOU DIALLO

  • 6-foot-5, 188 pounds from Queens, New York

  • Attended Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Conn.

  • Helped lead USA Men’s U18 National Team to a gold medal at 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, averaging 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game

  • Named all-state and all-conference in both 2015 and 2016

  • Averaged 19.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with the New York Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit

  • Exceptional athletic ability, great length and a high motor. Plays the game with great intensity and crashes the boards well

  • Five-star prospect

  • Ranked No. 9 nationally by 247Sports, No. 10 by Rivals and Scout, and No. 11 by ESPN

  • 1 ranked shooting guard in the class of 2017 by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, and the No. 3 shooting guard in the country, according to ESPN

  • Chose UK over UConn and Arizona

  • Twitter: @diallo1hamidou

  • Instagram: @otn_hami

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