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2017 Wing Hamidou Diallo to Announce on Saturday

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Hamidou Diallo will announce his college decision on Saturday in his hometown of Queens, N.Y.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is expected to choose between Kentucky, which begins its second semester Jan. 11, Arizona (Jan. 11) and UConn (Jan. 17). He will enroll for the second semester.

He had also listed Indiana, Syracuse and Kansas on his original list of schools.

Diallo took official visits to both Kentucky and UConn over the holidays, Tweeting that the Kentucky visit went “great.”

He could decide to either enter the 2017 NBA Draft, as he has already graduated high school, or spend the full 2017-18 season playing collegiately. Multiple sources said they expect Diallo to remain on campus through at least the 2017-18 season. at one point had Diallo projected as the No. 11 pick in 2018, but no longer has him on its mock for that year.

“Basically, I got a crazy process going on,” he said in the video below. “I’m eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, so it’s basically tough for me. I could either go to the draft or go to college.

“I just have to do what’s best for me and my family at the end of the day.”

“Hamidou brings a high level motor and intensity on both sides of the ball to whatever school he commits to,” NY Rens coach Andy Borman said. “There is no one in the country that plays harder than him and attacks the rim with that level of ferocity. Defensively he can guard 1-3 and sometimes the 4. He is the best rebounding guard in the country. He will be an immediate impact player on any school he chooses to attend.”


Photo: @Diallo1Hamidou

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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.