Kentucky redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo is expected to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and sign with an agent, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported Friday afternoon.
Diallo joins fellow Kentucky freshmen Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as players who have signed or will sign with an agent. Freshman forward PJ Washington declared for the draft, but has not signed with an agent.
Diallo was a 5-star prospect who enrolled midway through the 2016-17 season but did not play until this season. He flirted with the idea of entering last year’s NBA draft but backed out after going through the NBA combine. Diallo struggled at times for Kentucky, averaging 10 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo is expected to sign with an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft, per multiple sources. Official announcement expected soon. #BBN
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 13, 2018
Diallo struggled to shoot the ball but he is an extraordinary athlete and figures to have a chance at getting drafted based on those athletic gifts alone. Unlike Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo is not expected to be a lottery pick.
Even with the loss of Diallo, Kentucky is expected to bring in a loaded guard class next year, led by 5-star prospects Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson as well as 4-star shooting guard Tyler Herro. Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans, currently a UK commit in the 2019 class, is expected to reclassify to 2018.
NBA mock draft 2018: Projections, top players by SEC Country
|3||Atlanta||Jaren Jackson Jr.||Michigan State||C||Fr.|
|5||Orlando||Michael Porter Jr.||Missouri||SF||Fr.|
|9||New York||Trae Young||Oklahoma||PG||Fr.|
|10||Philadelphia (via LA Lakers)||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Kentucky||PG||Fr.|
|12||LA Clippers (via Detroit)||Collin Sexton||Alabama||PG||Fr.|
|13||LA Clippers||Robert Williams||Texas A&M||C||Soph.|
|14||Denver||Miles Bridges||Michigan State||PF||Soph.|
|16||Phoenix (via Milwaukee)||Jalen Brunson||Villanova||PG||Jr.|
|17||Phoenix(Via Miami)||Mitchell Robinson||Missouri||PF||Fr.|
|18||San Antonio||Anfernee Simons||IMG||SG||HS|
|19||Atlanta (via Minnesota)||Lonnie Walker IV||Miami||SG||Fr.|
|22||Minnesota (via OKC)||Jacob Evans||Cincinnati||SF||Jr.|
|23||Chicago(Via New Orleans)||Devonte’ Graham||Kansas||PG||Sr.|
|24||Portland||Dzanan Musa||Bosnia & Herznogvina||SF||Intl.|
|25||LA Lakers(via Cleveland)||Shake Milton||SMU||PG/SG||Jr.|
|26||Philadelphia||Keita Bates-Diop||Ohio State||SF||Jr.|
|28||Golden State||Justin Jackson||Maryland||SF||Soph.|
|29||Brooklyn (via Toronto)||Hamidou Diallo||Kentucky||SG||Fr.|
|30||Atlanta (via Houston)||Vince Edwards||Purdue||SF||Sr.|