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Thursday / November 30.
  • Cheick Diallo Remains ‘Wide Open’

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    Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 forward from Our Savior New American on Long Island, remains “wide open” in his recruitment and is still considering Kentucky, Kansas, St. John’s, Iowa State and Pitt.

    “He’s still wide open,” a source close to Diallo told “We will evaluate every single detail of each program.”

    Diallo, who was recently nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game, has stayed out of the media because he rarely gives interviews, but he is expected to commit in “late April,” the source said.

    St. John’s recently helped its cause by landing Baton Rouge (LA) shooting guard Brandon Sampson, who took his official visit to the Queens school with Diallo and Isaiah Briscoe, who ultimately committed to Kentucky.

    The source said St. John’s “needs” to get a point guard to alleviate some of Diallo’s concerns going forward. It remains unclear what will become of sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan.

    “We need to see who the point guard will be,” the source said. “That’s crucial for Cheick.”

    Diallo and Our Savior will take on Thomas Bryant and Huntington (W.V.) Prep on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

    The 6-10 Bryant visited Kentucky this week and is also considering Syracuse, Indiana and Missouri.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.

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