“We still haven’t discussed it,” Diallo’s mentor, Rob Diaz said, according to SEC Country. “It will probably be within a week or so that we’ll discuss it — what’s the best decision for him — but we haven’t really discussed it as of yet, only because he was on break and he just got back to school and I’m sure he wants to sit down with [UK coach John Calipari]. So it’s still up in the air.”
So it certainly seems as though Diallo’s official decision won’t be made before Kevin Knox’s on Friday, although I can’t imagine he isn’t already leaning one way or the other.
The 6-5 redshirt freshman seemed almost certain to depart from Kentucky at the end of this year once he returned to Kentucky to actually play. His draft stock was hurt by actually playing, but he’s still a projected draft pick.
Odds are Diallo will go. Much like Isaiah Briscoe, it seemed likely that once he decided to return once, it would be the last time.
But maybe, Diallo is waiting to see what Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander do. If both of them enter the draft as expected, there’s a great opportunity for Diallo to become more of a go-to guy next season that UK relies heavily on.
But if Knox and/or Shai come back, Diallo is back to being the third/fourth/fifth option on this team.