Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo announced on Twitter Sunday that he'll be entering the 2017 NBA Draft.
In somewhat of a surprise, Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that he's entered his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He will not hire an agent, however, meaning he'll remain eligible to play next season for the Wildcats. He has until May 24 to return to school.
You can check out his entire announcement below:
Diallo, one of the top recruits in the nation from the 2017 class, enrolled early at Kentucky in January, but did not see the floor for the Wildcats this season despite being eligible to play.
According to SEC Country, the belief is that Diallo will return, because while he's extremely talented on both ends of the court, there are still areas of his game that could use improvement:
Word is, Kentucky’s staff believes Diallo will be back, but it’s not a lock. Because pro scouts want to see Diallo make shots — he was a below-average 3-point shooter in high school — and because a weaker 2018 draft gives him a greater chance to become a lottery pick, our prediction is he stays.
From Diallo's standpoint, declaring for the draft but not hiring an agent makes the most sense, but the announcement still comes as a surprise to many who assumed he'd automatically be back for next season.