LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hamidou Diallo, the nation’s top-ranked shooting guard in the 2017 class, committed to Kentucky on Saturday evening.
Diallo picked coach John Calipari and the Cats ahead of Connecticut. The Queens Village, N.Y., native is the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.
Diallo joins fellow 5-stars Nick Richards, P.J. Washington, Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt in Kentucky’s incoming class. Four-star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is also a part of the class. But Diallo’s situation differs from the other four.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard plans to enroll at Kentucky in January as he’s leaving Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. And while the move makes Diallo eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, he plans to play college basketball in 2017-2018.
“He’s not planning to play this second semester. He’s just going to come in and work out and try to get better,” Scout.com national recruiting director Evan Daniels told SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker. “His thought process is that he needs to get in a college environment and get to a place where he can get better on a daily basis. I don’t think he’s necessarily ready to step on a college floor, because he would be coming into things very late.”
Diallo’s commitment added to Kentucky’s lead as having the nation’s No. 1 2017 class.