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Here's Why Hamidou Diallo Is Returning To Kentucky

The final big player to make his NBA Draft decision last night was Hamidou Diallo, the Kentucky guard who is yet to play in college. He considered making the jump, but instead, will look to play himself into the 2018 top 10.

After weeks of speculation, Diallo finally made his decision with just over 15 minutes to spare. Reports broke last night at around 11:43 p.m. that he was returning to Kentucky rather than staying in the NBA Draft.

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, Diallo had a number of teams interested in drafting him in the back-end of the first round, but none would commit to promising him a spot.

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Adam Zagoria reports that Diallo's new goal is to be a top 10 pick in next year's NBA Draft.

“Brooklyn and Utah were the two teams most serious about selecting him in the first round, but ultimately would not promise before midnight,” one source said.

Diallo also pulled out of a workout with the Knicks on Wednesday.

“He’s going back to Kentucky with the goal of being a Top 10 pick in next year’s draft,” the source said.

The former five-star recruit had impressive workouts, but obviously didn't have the tape to match. With another star-studded Wildcats roster set for next year, Diallo should have plenty of opportunities to impressive.

[ZagsBlog]