John Calipari remembers Hamidou Diallo showed no emotion during his recruitment. Who was in the running? What was the plan? Nobody knew much about where the 6-foot-5-inch super-athletic shooting guard from Queens, New York would play in college. "Wouldn’t say anything and then call you and say, ‘I want to come in midseason.’'" Calipari said. "What?" Calipari gladly accepted and even re-shot the team photo in January to make sure Diallo, who practiced but did not play in games after enrolling for spring semester, was a noted member of the Wildcats. Diallo was important for the 2017-18 team, Calipari says, because of his athleticism and ability to get to the basket. That he practiced against De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Dominique Hawkins for months was an extra benefit for a top-rated player Calipari secured ahead of schedule for this season. But remember the no emotion aspect of Diallo's method for navigating recruiting? That can't happen anymore, Calipari said. That's because Fox, Monk, Briscoe and Hawkins, along with almost everybody else from last season's Elite Eight squad, are gone.
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Louisville Courier-Journal | Jan 10