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Friday / July 10.
  • CHICAGO — Hamidou Diallo isn’t sure if he’ll ever play with Mohamed Bamba in college, but he knows that if Bamba chooses Kentucky they will be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end.

    “I mean if Mohamed Bamba comes to Kentucky it’s going to be really scary for people to score,” Diallo said in response to my question here at the NBA Draft Combine.

    “He’s definitely a great player, he’s another brother of mine”

    Like Diallo, who is from Queens, N.Y., the 6-foot-11 Bamba is a native of the Big Apple, hailing from Harlem.

    Diallo believes Bamba — who is also considering Duke, Michigan and Texas  and is projected as a top-5 pick in the 2018 Draft– could be a defensive “Twin Towers” along with 6-11 Long Island native Nick Richards of The Patrick School.

    CHICAGO — Markelle Fultz, the 6-foot-4 point guard from the University of Washington who is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, met with multiple teams here at the NBA Draft Combine, including the Knicks, Lakers and 76ers.

    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that Fultz met with the eight teams with the best chances to win Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, adding that the point guard did not meet with Orlando.

    Boston (via the Nets), Phoenix, the Lakers and Philadelphia have the four best chances to win Tuesday’s Draft Lottery, with the Knicks at No. 7.

    Fultz, who finished the season averaging 23.2 points 5.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists, won’t be at the Combine for workouts Thursday and Friday and won’t address the media.

    He attended a Knicks game in April and told reporters it would be “amazing” to play at Madison Square Garden.

    Seton Hall does not expect junior big man Angel Delgado to return for his senior season, sources told ZAGSBLOG.

    The 6-foot-10 Delgado, who recently won the Haggerty Award as the top player in the New York metropolitan area, is testing the NBA waters and has not officially hired an agent. He is not projected to be drafted per DraftExpress.com and was not invited to this week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. He did recently work out for the Atlanta Hawks.

    “I’m just going through the process and see what they’re going to say,” he recently told ZAGSBLOG. “I don’t know what they’re gonna say yet.”

    Delgado averaged 15.2 points and a nation-leading 13.1 rebounds and 5.03 offensive rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field. He finished second in the country with 27 double-doubles and had the longest consecutive double-double streak of any Division I student-athlete this season with 13 straight from Jan. 22 to March 9. He also led the Big East in rebounding with a conference single-season record 253 and 14.1 per game.

    It isn’t every day that the nephew of a major hip-hop mogul visits your college.

    But Georgetown hosted such a visitor over the weekend when Nahziah CarterJay-Z’s nephew — visited the Big East school and new coach Patrick Ewing. The athletic 6-foot-7 wing, who is the son of Shawn Carter’s older brother Eric Carter, also tripped to Boston College on Wednesday.

    “It’s getting out there, I guess,” Carter told the Democrat & Chronicle in February about his relationship to Jay-Z. “Whenever I go to see my grandmother (Gloria Carter), he’s usually there (in New Jersey).”

    He calls him “Uncle J.”

    Carter, who is only 17, averaged about 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney, which went 16-7 and reached the New York Section V Class AA semifinal.

    After the former Dayton signee reopened his recruitment when Archie Miller left for Indiana, Carter has relished the second chance to go through the process and keep his options open. He could opt to attend prep school for the 2017-18 season but is now being courted hard by schools like Georgetown, Boston College, Indiana, Washington, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, among others.