Monday, March 21, 2016

Hamidou Diallo NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-5 - Shooting Guard - Kentucky

A supremely athletic shooting guard who can really explode off the floor and finish above the rim. He is still developing the other aspects of his game but has big time potential. Is draft eligible in 2017.

Pros
Diallo is a high level athlete who can really fly and is a mean dunker. Attacks the rim with a vengeance and is always a threat to throw it down in transition. Assaults the rim with aggression.

Has the length and athleticism to be a great defender if he commits to locking it down on D.

Diallo has broad shoulders and a frame that should be able to add a lot of muscle.

Has decent form on his jumper and should be able to become a consistent threat from downtown. Is still raw as a shooter but the potential is definitely there. Uses his quick first step to gain separation and can get his shot off, even against tight defense. Has a good feel for creating space and getting the defender off balance.

Has all the tools to be a legit star in the NBA.

Cons
Is not yet a consistent three point shooter and has somewhat of a low release on his shot. Will have to work hard to make outside shooting a strength of his game.

Needs to avoid over-driving and getting caught in the lane. Still learning how to get teammates involved and developing his passing skills. Isn't a natural passer.

Needs to work on his left hand and overall ball handling skills.

Comparisons
Has a lot of Vince Carter in his game, and some J.R. Smith. DeMar DeRozan.

Projection: lottery to mid first round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft