Thursday, May 12, 2016

Diallo has big day at NBA Combine

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets in the ear of Kansas forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets in the ear of Kansas forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University freshman Cheick Diallo, whose 7-foot-41⁄2 wingspan measured second longest of all players at this week’s NBA Combine, scored 18 points off 7-of-10 shooting with four blocks and four rebounds, in his first official scrimmage at the pre-draft extravaganza in Chicago.

“League execs I’ve spoken to Thursday said he’ll go in the 20s (of first round of June 23 Draft),” wrote Comcast SportsNet’s A. Sherrod Blakely, who covers the Boston Celtics.

For sure, Diallo, who stretched to 6-foot-9 in shoes, 218.6 pounds (6-71⁄2 without shoes) dazzled at the Combine on Thursday.

“Cheick Diallo is going to be signing a lot of checks and he’s not going back to KU,” ESPN’s Jay Williams said in an video after viewing Thursday’s scrimmage. KU coach Bill Self has told the Journal-World several times he does not expect Diallo to return for a sophomore campaign. Diallo, who has a mentor in Tidiane Drame, has not yet hired an agent thus technically is eligible to return to college.

“People can question his frame. Is he going to be offensively gifted enough to give you points down low on the block, but he showed a bit of versatility today. He knocked down his midrange jump shots. Playing with energy is a skill set in today’s league,” Williams added. “He gives you energy every single play. If he keeps playing like this he potentially could be drafted in the lottery.”

Diallo, by the way, told’s Adam Zagoria on Thursday, “probably yes I’m going to the draft.”

“He’s not going back (to KU),” reiterated ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla at “We were at KU last week (for fantasy camp). I don’t think there’s any indication there he’d go back.” Of Diallo’s play Thursday, Fraschilla said: “There is a lot to like because of the athleticism. There’s a lot to work with there. We’re talking a raw big man. He will probably spend some time in the D-League and will need to improve.”

Diallo reportedly met with representatives of nine NBA teams on Thursday. said he’ll interview with Boston, New York, Toronto and Utah today.

“I went to Kansas because I love it,” Diallo told Zagsblog Thursday. Diallo added to reporter Zagoria he “had no regrets” and the NCAA stuff (delay in clearing him until after season started) “set him back.”

Wiggins/McLemore camp information: Former KU players Ben McLemore and Andrew Wiggins will hold a “Kansas All Star Basketball Camp on July 13-15 at Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park. KU’s current players will serve as camp counselors. The camp is for youths ages 6 and up. For information go to the Web address

More numbers: The highest disparity in size to wingspan ratio of the 63 players at the Combine came via Diallo, who measured 6-71⁄2 without shoes with a 7-41⁄2 wingspan. That’s nine inches. Diallo also has an 8-111⁄2 standing reach, 8.5 inch hand length and 9.75 inch hand width.

KU senior Perry Ellis, who was listed 6-8, 225 at KU, is now officially 6-81⁄4 with shoes and 6-7 without shoes, 217.8 pounds with 4.6 percent body fat. His standing reach is 8 feet 6 inches, while his wingspan is 6-101⁄4. Ellis’ hand length is eight inches and hand width is 8.5 inches.

Wayne Selden, Jr., who was listed 6-5, 230 his junior year at KU, is now officially 6-53⁄4 with shoes and 6-41⁄2 without shoes and 232.4 pounds with 7.3 percent body fat. Selden has a 6-101⁄2 wingspan and standing reach of 8-5. His hand length is nine inches and hand width 9.25 inches.

Thornton update: Former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton will visit Miami on Sunday, then decide between Miami, KU, USC and Washington, Thornton’s dad, Derryck, Sr., tells

“He wants to take his time and make sure everything fits and it’s a win-win for both sides,” Thornton, Sr., tells Scout. Of KU, Thornton, Sr. said: “It’s the mecca of basketball. Legendary coach, legendary program, from Phog Allen all the way down to Bill Self. Tons of players in the NBA, up-tempo style, pick and roll, open basketball. Campus was absolutely beautiful. It’s a big school with 30,000 people. The gym and housing were the best I’ve ever seen. It’s a top notch program and the fan base is absolutely ridiculous.”


Reggie Flenory 6 years, 3 months ago

I really wish Bill had given diallo jamari's minutes

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 3 months ago

Bill's the coach and makes the decisions and for all the well documented reasons loved Traylor. Midway through the season it was clear Diallo would never get much PT but showed enough potential to get himself drafted. Big reason for a lot of us fans....just because a guy has NBA potential doesn't not equated to being a good college basketball player, for the time we would have him.

Going back to Stanford two years ago, I wish he would have given Wiggins his minutes at the 4 vs Stanford. Hindsight is a lot better that real time sight for sure.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 6 years, 3 months ago

Sometimes I wonder if players come here not to play but just to learn in practice and train with Hudy and Self.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Great job Peters in making such a loquacious response.

Tom Jones 6 years, 3 months ago

I just wish someone besides Tarik Black had decided to show up that day. Their whole defensive goal was to make someone other than Wiggins beat them and it worked. No one could. Didn't matter what position Wigs played.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Agree. If we are in a position where we need Wiggins to play at the 4 then we are probably going to lose the game.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

How many games were you okay with losing in that exchange?

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

I think we both agree that if Self thought losing a few games early would have given us a much better chance of winning it all then it would be worth it.

But for whatever reason, Diallo just couldn't get it together often enough for Self to believe he was going to be that difference maker. His best game was his first game where he showed his athleticism but in his later opportunities, Diallo never exhibited that he was picking up the system that Self likes to run.

I have nothing but good wishes for Diallo. The NCAA just put him too far behind as a one and done.

Paul Richardson 6 years, 3 months ago

Is it wrong of me to hope that he hurts his knee....nothing serious. Maybe miss a month or two.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes. Why would you want that to happen? He could have dogged KU but stated “I went to Kansas because I love it”, "I have no regrets"

The NCAA hurt Diallo's development and then the unexpected solid play of Landen Lucas, put Diallo into a tough position..

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 3 months ago

think Brandon Rush.

I think that the OP was referencing Brandon Rush yet saying that the injury didn't have to be that severe. Only bad enough that it would entice Diallo to return to KU.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Paul, I think I took your post the wrong way. Glad that Jonathan took it into another direction. I was thinking maliciousness instead of another Rush like situation. Apologies.

Yonatan Negash 6 years, 3 months ago

Good for Diallo,

Wish him and all the others players representing Kansas the very best outcome at the draft.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Only the Chicken Littles and haters doubted that Diallo has talent. He didn't figure out how to be part of the Jayhawks system. An NBA team will have 80 games and unlimited practice time to accomplish that.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 3 months ago

Literally no one said that. It's easy to win imaginary arguments, isn't it?

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Literally dozens of people right on this site have suggested that Diallo wouldn't make it in the NBA..

Are you illiterate, an alzheimers patient or just dishonest?

Damian Glaze 6 years, 3 months ago

You have demons or something rattling your brain. What KU fan has ever said Diallo lacked talent? You wake up every day and try to figure out how and when you will slip in that dumb phrase you use in 99% of your posts. Super lame.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

And there's a post right after yours to counter your argument....

Scott Smetana 6 years, 3 months ago

80 games of which he may play 2 minutes in about 10 of them. Fran in the article says he'll develop nicely in the DNBA. MAYBE. How about the NBA keep their hands off undeveloped players and let them play and develop in college??? It would be free for them! Minimum age for NBA should be 20 or 21.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

I think if you take into account his McDonald's All-American game, the Nike Classic, his natural athleticism and with a couple of seasons under his belt with one coach, he will be in the rotation on many NBA teams.

If Duncan does decide that this was his final season, taking Diallo with their first pick would be an advantageous situation for both the Spurs and Diallo. If Gregg Popovich retires, I'm sure there are several teams that already have the talent to give Diallo a solid shot.

And just for the record, the NBA plays an 82 game season.

Steve Macy 6 years, 3 months ago

I hope he helps his draft stock, nice kid, at least he seemed nice in interviews. Sometimes it doesn't work out. RCJH

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 3 months ago

No one who watched Diallo play doubted his ability but his lack of smarts on defense hurt Kansas over and over. When he learns how to play D, watch out because he's going to be very very good.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

I disagree but not to the level stressed at the university level. The Spurs disappointed in this year's playoffs, they have won several titles because of their defense. In the not so far back years, it was common for teams to break 100-110 points per game, even the losing team, but now that they (NBA teams) are allowed to play zones, total points have dropped off significantly.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe Tom but how would you account for the declining scores in the NBA.

Granted that 2013 is a little dated but David Thorpe (Executive Director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Florida) in an interview answered "blame it on that hustling, switching team defense".

And if all you have is a one-word 'ridiculous' reply in your back pocket as a rebuttal then maybe you shouldnt reply at all. I know you can do better than that.

RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

"ridiculous" was a reply to rick golden's statement, "the nba doesn't play d."

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

The frontcourt in the upcoming season will not have nearly the experience we had last year but I believe the ceiling is higher. Lucas and Bragg will start unless something happens i.e. injury, with Udoka, Coleby and Lightfoot coming off the bench sounds pretty good to me. I wouldn't mind seeing another power forward and hopefully Self will land us one more player.

I'm really hoping we land Thornton. He would be a starting player next year with Mason leaving. I really like our backcourt this season. High on both experience and talent and I think having Thornton coming in next year we are already in a good position for 2017. Self has a lot of scholarships to work with for 2017–18 and already has a solid nucleus but one with plenty of minutes to offer including some positions that the right player could walk in and start.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 3 months ago

Matthew, we didn't pick Landen over Diallo. The National Coach of the Year did.

And Landen played really well from mid-season on. Here's hoping that he and Carlton can develop some of the chemistry that Perry and Landen had going late in the year.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Peters lacks the knowledge to do anything but make barely readable personal attacks..

FYI Peters, all you are doing is embarrassing yourself. Someone should take your keyboard away.

Mick Allen 6 years, 3 months ago

Quit putting off that lobotomy Matthew.

Armen Kurdian 6 years, 3 months ago

You're right. We're all just a bunch of bedwetters and retarded freaks. Most of us play with ourselves, some in public areas while encouraged by onlookers. Furthermore, I squeeze my toothpaste from the middle of the tube and I know at least one female on this board wears white after labor day.

Not only that, but everyone below this post hates puppies. Thanx for setting us straight.

Rob Wempe 6 years, 3 months ago

Matthew, You are a very angry person. Enjoy life. Enjoy the Jayhawks!

Brian Mellor 6 years, 3 months ago

Did somebody leave their account open for their teenaged son to log on? Seriously, the comments on that profile before today at least appear to have thought behind them.

Austin Lopez 6 years, 3 months ago

Everything happens for a reason, I really hope Diallo turns out to be that stud he was suppose to be at KU.... Seems like a really nice kid, unlike Cliff atleast Diallo didn't take his frustration out on KU......

Austin Lopez 6 years, 3 months ago

Matthew going get his ass tore up when his parents get back on they account..

David Brown 6 years, 3 months ago

Good luck to Cheick Diallo. We should all wish former Jayhawks well as they move forward in whatever path they choose. The amount of time, work, and effort they input to the KU basketball program is far more than most of us will ever do. Having said that, for me personally, I will root more for the multiple year guys than for the OAD guys simply because I've gotten to 'know' them more. One year, they're gone, and you hardly feel like they were even Jayhawks. That doesn't make them bad or unworthy, but the extended time allows the fans to bond deeper. Just an opinion.....

Jesse Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

I am just frustrated that we weren't able to utilize Diallo's talents hardly at all this season.

I know HCBS trusts his experienced guys and everything but I will always wonder if we would have been a better team in March if Self had given Diallo more PT to develop earlier in the season rather than investing so many minutes in senior Traylor who had hit his ceiling two seasons ago.

Yes it is the coach's job to award PT based on who will give us the best chance to win, but is it not also the coach's job to develop players so they are ready to play? I know Diallo was hurt by the NCAA delaying his development, but with all he had to offer shouldn't his development have become a top priority for the coach?

Finally, say what you will about Traylor being more experienced but I swear he would have 1-2 turnovers a game because of offensive fouls. He made a lot of avoidable mistakes for being a 5th year senior and every time he did so it only frustrated me more that he got minutes when Diallo did not.

Anyway, I know there are a lot of ways to look at this and everyone has their own opinion. This article just kind of re-opened some of those wounds for me and I felt like venting.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

David Brown.. Just finished watching part of today's combine and Diallo had another solid performance. He decided to participate in the five on five competition after already posting solid numbers yesterday and followed it up with another solid performance. Most players pass on playing the five on five competition if they had really good numbers on their first day.

Diallo had the fourth best vertical jump (as rated so far) and had plenty of good comments from the commentators esp. by Bilas but I was surprised when asked if he had made up his mind. His answer was very noncommittal while most everyone else has him leaving fait accompli.

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