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Class of 2017 wing player Diallo to reportedly take official visit to Arizona in January

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Class of 2017 6’6″ wing player Hamidou Diallo will take official visits in the coming weeks to Kentucky and Arizona, according to a report Friday by Zagsblog.

Diallo, who attends the Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy, is expected to visit Kentucky next week after Christmas, while the Arizona visit could come in early January, the report indicated. Arizona hosts Utah on Jan. 5 and Colorado two days after.

The Zagsblog report also indicated that Diallo is considering enrolling in a college at the semester break. The spring semester at Arizona starts Jan. 11. He has graduated from high school and is attending Putnam as a post-graduate.

Another talented wing, Brian Bowen of La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, is reportedly close to a decision. His finalists are Arizona, Michigan State, Creighton and Texas.

Sean Miller and assistant Joe Pasternack have recruited Bowen and assistant Book Richardson has played a major part in Diallo’s recruitment. Diallo hails from Queens, N.Y., a recruiting base for Richardson.

It appears Miller is addressing a need at the wing position for 2017-18.

One of Richardson’s prized recruits, wing player Rawle Alkins, of Brooklyn, is excelling to the point NBA teams will give him a good look in the last three months of the season. Another wing, Ray Smith, has retired from basketball after suffering his third knee injury in as many years.


Kentucky earlier Friday landed a commitment from another small forward, Jarred Vanderbilt, who was also on Arizona’s radar last summer. His pledge gives Kentucky five commits for 2017.

Diallo is also reportedly considering nearby Connecticut, Indiana, Syracuse and Kansas. He took an official visit to UConn yesterday and today.

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge and numerous NBA scouts have scouted Diallo at Putnam Science. Diallo has indicated to recruiting services he’s set on attending college. Many scouts reportedly believe Diallo should further develop himself by attending college.

“(The NBA scouts) were disappointed by the lack of urgency that he showed,” Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com told Zagsblog. “He was kind of going through the motions and coasting. His jump shot still needs a lot of work. His body needs a lot of work. If Hamidou is not going to play hard, then he’s just not that interesting a prospect. He’s 6-5, 190 pounds without a great jumper. You can find that a dime a dozen.”

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