Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo will submit his name for the upcoming NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Per Charania, Diallo has not hired an agent but has told coach Bill Self of his intention to leave school and hire an agent after the NBA Scouting Combine in May.
I’m sorry, but this is just a terrible decision on Diallo’s part. Though he came to Lawrence as a five-star freshman last year, he did not play nearly enough to generate any draft buzz. Diallo appeared in 27 games, but averaged just three points and 2.5 rebounds over 7.5 minutes per game. In the NCAA Tournament, he played seven minutes in the Jayhawks’ first-round matchup against Austin Peay, but did not play since.
Moreover, Diallo proved to be quite raw in his limited playing time, not playing strong on-ball defense and his overall sample size not at all screaming first-round talent, no matter what NBA executives say.
That said, Cheick Diallo would be wise to take advantage of the new system this year and receive an assessment from scouts after the combine and consider returning to school so he could build his portfolio and highlight reel a bit more. Though he has the size at 6-foot-9, 218 pounds, the talent isn’t quite there yet.
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