Hamidou Diallo

Top plays from FIBA U19 World Championships (VIDEO)

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The FIBA U19 World Championships concluded on Sunday with Canada defeating Italy, 79-60, to claim gold in Egypt.

USA Basketball knocked off Spain, 96-72, to earn bronze. Canada had upset the United States in the semifinals, led by 38 points from R.J. Barrett, considered the top prospect in the Class of 2019.

Barrett, the 6-foot-7 Montverde Academy (Fla.) small forward, was the tournament’s breakout star, returning home with MVP honors. It’s not a surprise that when FIBA released it’s top 10 plays from the event that he made several appearances. Purdue’s Carsen Edwards also earned a spot in the top 10.

However, the top spot went to a future Kentucky Wildcat.

WATCH: Hamidou Diallo’s vertical jump at the NBA Draft Combine

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Kentucky redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo is the NBA Draft mystery man.

But after the first day of the NBA Combine, Diallo, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, offered up some answers for the dozens of front office executives on hand in Chicago.

Diallo set the highest mark in the vertical jump, maxing out at 44.5″ inches. This is after he was measured with a 6’11.25″ wingspan.

His leaping ability after his first attempt was so impressive, they had to raise the bar.

Diallo is a fascinating storyline as we inch closer and closer to the NBA Draft deadline on May 24. The five-star recruit from the Class of 2017 began the school year at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut before he enrolled at Kentucky for the second semester. After redshirting, he declared for the draft but elected not to sign with an agent, giving him the ability to return to Lexington for the 2017-18 season. In an era when John Calipari revolutionized the game by embracing one-and-dones, he may be on the verge of having a one (semester)-and-done; a none-and-done.

Coming into the combine, DraftExpress.com projected Diallo to be an early second round selection.

VIDEO: Mixtape for five-star guard Hamidou Diallo

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Five-star guard Hamidou Diallo burst on the national scene this spring and summer as he solidified himself as one of the best players in the country.

Rivals puts the 6-foot-5 Diallo as the No. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 and he’s one of the best leapers in the country. Diallo is currently being pursued by many of the best programs in the country and he’ll be a major focal point on the grassroots circuit this fall.

Here’s a mixtape of Diallo from Elite Mixtapes.

 

Mixtape for elite 2017 prospect Hamidou Diallo (VIDEO)

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Hamidou Diallo had a big spring and summer on the recruiting circuit. He’s currently ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals. UConn, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Providence and St. John’s are among the programs targeting the 6-foot-4 two-guards: