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Monday Quickies: Testing the Waters Edition

Diallo enters his name in the draft and more in today’s quickies.

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Hamidou Diallo is entering his name into the NBA Draft, but not signing an agent, meaning he could return to Kentucky next year.

The plan was originally for Diallo to sit out this past season, which he did, and return for next year, which would technically be his freshman year of eligibility. However, with his name in the draft he now has a lot of options. He can find out what his draft prospects are, get more advice from scouts, and find out where he falls in mock drafts. If he’s in a good position in the draft, it’d probably be in his best interest to leave. If he’s not happy with his potential draft spot, he could return to Kentucky and work on his game some more. It’s a win-win for Diallo, no doubt.

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He’s right. If he likes the feedback, he can go. If not, he can stay.

Your quickies

Diallo entering NBA Draft - Herald-Leader
Diallo really could become the first none and done.

Cats beat LSU, win series - UK Athletics
The Bat Cats keep rolling. A 10-2 win over No. 8 LSU gives the Cats a series win and a 3-1 week over top-10 opponents.

What’s your approval rating of Mark Stoops? - SEC Country
Stoops’ approval rating is much higher than it was halfway through last season. Beating Louisville will do that.

What happened to Daniel Orton? - KSR
Daniel Orton has been all over the place on the professional basketball circuit since leaving Kentucky after his freshman season.

Update on Immanuel Quickley - Cats Pause
The five-star guard is getting further along in his recruitment. He’s down to seven schools, including Kentucky.

UK softball sweeps Missouri - UK Athletics
It took a huge comeback, which featured a six-run sixth inning, but the Cats capped off the series sweep with a thrilling win on Sunday.

Did we really learn anything in Cavs’ sweep of Pacers? - CBS Sports
Yeah, LeBron James is really good. We already knew that. But sweeping the No. 7 seed doesn’t mean that much. So do we know anything new about the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Steve Kerr ailing due to back complications - ESPN
Kerr says that his back complications, which are keeping him from coaching in game four, stem from his previous back surgery.

Messi scores 500th Barca goal, Barcelona wins El Clasico - Sports Illustrated
Lionel Messi dazzled again, as he scored his 500th Barcelona in stoppage time (90’+2) to lead FC Barcelona to a win over Real Madrid. La Liga is heating up now.

Machado in center of bad blood with Red Sox - FOX Sports
Manny Machado had a pitch thrown at his head yesterday during a Baltimore Orioles loss to the Boston Red Sox, 6-2.

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder melted down again - SB Nation
The Oklahoma City Thunder were up 14 points in game four, and they now trail the series 3-1 after losing the lead and the game.

Warren Sapp says Myles Garrett shouldn’t be No. 1 pick - NBC Sports
C’mon, Sapp, stop it.

‘Furious 8’ continues to dominate the box office - Variety