clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Farewell to Hamidou Edition

Hamidou Diallo is heading to the NBA. Kentucky fans wish him well.

Buffalo v Kentucky Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

The big news of the week so far is Hamidou Diallo’s decision to leave Kentucky for the NBA Draft. As Jason wrote, Calipari doesn’t seem to be all-in without reservation on his call, and it’s easy to understand why. Diallo is probably a decent season away from a mid-first round pick, and going this year is going to likely land him in the second round somewhere.

But honestly, I think it’s a good call for Hami. He has tremendous natural athleticism and excellent size for his position, and if he’s willing to work, I can see him emerging from the G-League as a significant role player in a couple of years and possibly even a starter five or six seasons from now. What he lacks is a feel for the game and consistent shooting, but those are both things that players learn fairly quickly at the next level. Assuming that happens for him, he’s going to be too physically gifted to keep off a roster once he learns the fundamentals of the game, which showed up as clearly underdeveloped this season for UK.

So with that, I wish Hami the best of luck going forward, and if he works hard, I think he’ll be very lucky indeed.

Tweet of the Morning

Sweet! We got us a shootah!

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Kevin Knox might want to consider a political career after the NBA.
Other Kentucky sports
Links posts
College football
College basketball
Other sports news
Other news