It turns out Hamidou Diallo won’t be a “none-and-done” after all. The 6-foot-6 Queens, N.Y., native officially withdrew from the NBA Draft on Wednesday and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season.Diallo, who hasn’t played a real five-on-five game since last December at Putnam Science Academy, will finally suit up for Kentucky to start the 2017-18 season with a chance to impress NBA scouts and basketball fans alike.
“First of all, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for your support,” Diallo said. “I’ve only been a Wildcat for five months, but you have already made me one of your own. I know not everyone understood my original decision — but everyone has been supportive. Thank you for that. “The one thing I’ve learned through this whole process is how grateful I am that I came to the University of Kentucky. Coach Cal and the staff have had my back throughout this entire journey. They were honest with me from the start, had my best interests at heart and walked me through every step. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system. “I also want to thank the university for understanding how important this decision was to me. This is something I had to do for me and my family, and the school has been supportive of us the whole way. Just so everyone knows, I always planned to pay the school back for my spring tuition for allowing me to enroll last semester because I never thought I would be in this position. If I knew I was leaving after the semester, I would have played to help the team.