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Hamidou Diallo invited to 2017 NBA Draft Combine

As expected, Diallo will attend the combine and showcase himself to NBA teams.

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Kentucky Wildcats shooting guard Hamidou Diallo has received an invite to participate in the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

There, Diallo will get to work out and do athletic testing in front of all 30 NBA teams, hoping to boost his stock and hear his name called in the first round of June’s NBA Draft. If Diallo does not feel his stock is high enough, he’ll return to Kentucky.

Diallo announced last Sunday that he submitted his name for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. The combine takes place May 9-14 in Chicago.

So long as Diallo does not hire an agent, he will have until May 24 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to stay in the draft or return to UK.

The freshman guard from Queens enrolled at UK in January after graduating from Putnam Science Academy in May of 2016. A top-10 prospect in the 2017 class before reclassifying, Diallo practiced with the team and was eligible to play in games.

However, Diallo didn’t appear in any games (his decision) in order to adapt to college competition, develop his game and focus on his academics. The expectation was he’d return for the 2017-18 college hoops season, but this is now more of a toss-up as to whether he returns or stays in the draft.