5-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo announced his commitment to Kentucky yesterday. He is ranked no. 11 in the ESPN 100.
Diallo attends Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.
Diallo will immediately enroll at Kentucky, but is not expected to play until next season. There is little room for him in Kentucky’s loaded backcourt.
Diallo chose Kentucky over Connecticut, Arizona and others. UConn was hurt the most by the 19-year-old’s decision, as he lived only 25 miles from campus. He made countless visits to the school over the past few years, and the Huskies were considered to be the favorite to sign him for most of his recruiting process. UConn is in the midst of a disastrous season, and the hopes were that Diallo would enroll early and help get them on the right track.
If Diallo indeed chooses to sit out the remainder of 2016-17, he will officially be a part of the Wildcats’ top-rated 2017 recruiting class, which consists of four 5-stars.
Diallo is eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, but has stated that he wants to play college ball.