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Here's What NBA Execs Think About Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson And Others

This is what NBA executives think of Hamidou Diallo and several other NBA prospects.

The NBA draft combine begins this week, and it's getting to be crunch time for players to decide whether to remain in the draft or not. Players have until May 24 to withdraw and return to school. While most players taking part in the combine have already hired an agent, 14 of them have not, including Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo and Duke's Frank Jackson.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman spoke to several NBA executives to get their take on what these 14 players should do. Here's what they said.

Hamidou Diallo

He enrolled at the semester break last year but didn't play for the Wildcats. Diallo is a big-time athlete, but the knock on him is his feel for the game and ability to make shots from the perimeter. "He's a freak athlete but has so much to learn," one NBA executive said. Another wondered whether it might not be advantageous to leave now, for fear of being exposed at the college level.

Range: Early second round

NBA says: Back to school

Frank Jackson

This is an interesting one. And it's about more than what will happen this week at the combine. It also has to do with the impending decision of top-ranked high school senior point guard Trevon Duval. Jackson wasn't able to showcase that he was a point guard as a freshman in Durham but should get an opportunity in front of NBA guys to play with the ball in his hands. Jackson is a likely second-rounder, and his decision is complicated by the return of Grayson Allen and the possible addition of Duval. "If he goes back to school, I think he can definitely play his way into a first-rounder," one NBA executive told ESPN.

Range: Second round

NBA says: Back to school

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[ESPN]