2017 guard Hamidou Diallo quickly made a name for himself on the Nike EYBL circuit with a stellar opening performance at the Brooklyn session last month.
Diallo continued his impressive play this past weekend at the EYBL session in Hampton, Virginia, where PointGuardU caught up the Queens Village, N.Y. native.
Listed at 6’5 and 195lbs, Diallo graces the court with an explosive demeanor and a powerful finish.
Diallo, who competes with The RENS (NY) in EYBL play, led his team to a pair of wins over the weekend, including a Saturday night victory in which he recorded the game-clinching steal and layup.
It’s just hard work out there, making big plays for my teammates and getting my team the W,” Diallo said. “That’s what I’m out there to do.”
Through three sessions, Diallo and The RENS are in good shape to advance to Peach Jam in July as they hold a 7-4 record, second in their division. Diallo is leading the way with over 19 points per game.
Diallo said that the team benefits from practicing together most days when they’re back in New York, allowing them to create solid chemistry on the court.
“We’ve got some great pieces,” Diallo said. We’re all from New York. We’re just trying to put on a show.”
In particular, Diallo praised the play of his team’s starting point guard, Jose Alvarado. A nationally ranked guard with offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, St. John’s and others, Alvarado is the top reason Diallo joined The RENS this summer.
“He’s spectacular,” Diallo said. “He’s such a great point guard. That’s why I came over.”
Diallo is set on competing with The RENS for the rest of summer.
“Definitely, one hundred percent,” Diallo said. “We’ve formed family. I love being around these guys.”
Additionally, Diallo plans to be at “every top camp out there” this summer, although he admits he hasn’t gotten to creating a list yet.
As for recruiting, the same host of schools are after the five-star – namely Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, UConn and Syracuse.
Diallo, who visited Syracuse recently with a couple teammates, said he doesn’t have any visits in store yet.
“Not yet. I’m just enjoying the process.”
There’s little question that Diallo will continue to receive heavy interest from the nation’s top programs, and Arizona is surely to be in the mix.
Diallo said that he speaks regularly to both Book Richardson and Sean Miller.
“They just like me as a player and they want me to join their program, stuff like that,” Diallo said.