Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kentucky on Tuesday offered a scholarship to Cheick Diallo, according to T.J. Walker of Rivals and Diallo’s AAU program, Team Scan.
Diallo is a 6-foot-9 forward from Our Savior New American ranked No. 8 in the 2015 ESPN 60.
We reported Saturday that Kentucky was expected to pick up its recruitment of Diallo now that New York’s Barry “Slice” Rohrssen is on the staff. Rohrssen had previously been at Pittsburgh, which was heavily involved for Diallo.
Kansas, Louisville, Iowa State and St. John’s are among the schools also in the mix for Diallo, a native of Bamako, Mali.
“His upside is tremendous because he runs the floor like a cheetah,” Our Savior assistant Erik Jaklitsch told SNY.tv last summer. “He’s so fast down the floor, he just beats every other big guy down the floor and he’s only really kind of scratched the surface of what he’s capable of doing.
“He’s an extremely hard-working student and player, and he’s a student of the game. He keeps learning and he keeps getting better. He’s only going to be a junior so he’s got two more years of playing basketball. He’s got a whole summer of playing and practicing. He just keeps getting better and better incrementally, and he’s probably one of the hottest prospects this entire spring right now.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.