Hamidou Diallo is reportedly set to become the latest Kentucky basketball player to forgo remaining eligibility in order to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports that Diallo is set to turn pro after two years in Lexington.
Diallo is expected to sign with an agent, ending any possibility that he could withdraw from the draft pool and return to Kentucky.
Diallo joins teammates Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington. Washington, however, has yet to sign with an agent, so he could ultimately decide to return to the Wildcats for the 2018-19 season.
“Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo is expected to sign with an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft, per multiple sources. Official announcement expected soon,” Rothstein wrote on Twitter.
This season, Diallo averaged 10 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Diallo is currently slated as a late first-round pick. ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony appears to believe Diallo was hindered due to a lack of shooting from his teammates.
“If he was surrounded by a little bit more shooting, I think he would look better,” Givony said, viathe Herald-Leader. “But the paint is just so clogged all the time for Kentucky. He’s driving in the paint and everybody’s just collapsing on him, because they’re all just there anyway.”
We will find out where Diallo lands when the 2018 NBA Draft takes place June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.