With the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline next week, Hamidou Diallo is getting as many team workouts in as possible.
Hamidou Diallo worked out with the Bulls yesterday. Said part of the reason he worked out with the Bucks today was "high interest."— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) May 16, 2017
All three of these clubs have draft selections that Diallo would be satisfied with. Chicago (16) Milwaukee (17) and Brooklyn (22 and 27) all have selections within the first 22 selections, not to mention the Nets’ have the 27th pick, which I believe is that latest Diallo will go if he remains in the draft.
I don’t know if the 27th pick is enough to sway Diallo into staying in the draft, but you can bet the 17th pick is. Seeing the Bucks have “high interest” in him suggests they may be considering him there, even if it will be viewed asa reach.
If any team is a threat to take a player with little-to-no college experience, as Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.
- In 2016, the Bucks took Thon Maker with the 10th pick after Maker spent a post-graduate year at Orangeville Prep.
- In 2015, the Bucks took UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn with the 17th pick after he played just 23 games and struggled to make a big impact in college.
- In 2013, the Bucks took Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the Greek second division with the 15th pick. He’s developed into an All-Star and franchise cornerstone.
- In 2009, the Bucks selected Brandon Jennings with the 10th pick after he skipped college and spent a season in Italy.
So yeah, don’t sleep on the Bucks taking Diallo 17th overall, as crazy as it sounds. And don’t sleep on Diallo being in the NBA Dunk Contest next season.