Hamidou Diallo returning to Kentucky next season

He did not hire an agent and had until midnught to make a decision on whether he wanted to return to school or turn professional. He didn't play in a game for the Wildcats, but there was still talk that he was talented enough to enter the NBA Draft. He will join Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard, Brad Calipari, Jonny David and Dillon Pulliam as 2017-18 returners.

The NBA Draft is June 22. Although he didn't play in 2016-17, he became an important player in practice after reclassifying and enrolling at Kentucky in January.

After a long wait, Solid Blue fans can sigh in relief.

Diallo will be already have a leg up on other freshmen around the country and in Lexington, but he will get even more experience playing for John Calipari if he opts to play for the USA U19 team this summer in Egypt. "He's a special player and a special person". He boasted a 23-point performance against LSU and also hauled in 16 rebounds against Auburn which were the most for any United Kingdom player at the time since 2014. He's a 6'5 shooting guard with a 6'10 wingspan and explosive athleticism.

For those that waited up late on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, you were rewarded with news of Hamidou Diallo's return to Kentucky.

Diallo, who graduated high school early, enrolled at Kentucky for the second semester, and practiced with the team during the second half of the season. Both 247Sports and Scout considered him the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2017 class.

His unique physical abilities drew workouts from organizations like the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Chicago Bulls, but Diallo reportedly did not receive a guarantee that he would be a first-round pick.Players drafted in the first round have a guaranteed three-year contract with an option for a fourth year. He averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as a junior.

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