Cheick Diallo
Team: Kansas, Freshman
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H: 6' 9"
W: 220 lbs
Bday: 09/13/1996
(19 Years Old)
Current: PF/C
Possible: PF/C
Pick: 33 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 33 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 14 in NCAA Freshmen
High School: Our Savior New American
Hometown: Kayes, Mali

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Hoop SummitNA6' 9"2207' 4"9' 1"NANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9"2187' 3"NANANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9"2187' 3"NANANANA
2013LeBron James CampNA6' 8.5"2087' 3"NANANANA
2013Big Man Skills AcadNA6' 8.5"2087' 3"NANANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Hoop SummitNA6' 9"2207' 4"9' 1"NANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9"2187' 3"NANANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9"2187' 3"NANANANA
2013LeBron James CampNA6' 8.5"2087' 3"NANANANA
2013Big Man Skills AcadNA6' 8.5"2087' 3"NANANANA

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Cheick Diallo NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
March 28, 2016

Scouting Report by Jonathan Givony. Video Analysis by Mike Schmitz

Cheick Diallo probably didn't have the kind of freshman season he anticipated, missing Kansas' first five games while embroiled in an eligibility battle with the NCAA, and then playing a marginal role for the Jayhawks down the stretch, not even participating in half a dozen contests.

Diallo played just 7 minutes, 30 seconds on average in the games he did get in off the bench, even if he was very productive in the sporadic time he saw, at 15 points (55% 2P%), 13 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 1.4 steals per-40 minutes. Diallo lack of playing time came due to a combination of his struggles picking up the playbook, and the presence of three 22-23 year old upperclassmen who had gained the trust of Bill Self with their experience and consistency. With that said, Kansas fans can only wonder if their Final Four dreams may have been reached had the underclassmen on the roster been further developed during the season, as he did not have the luxury of playing through errors and learning from his mistakes like most freshmen at the college level.

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With a 7'4 wingspan and 9'1 standing reach, Diallo has ample length to play the small-ball center role he seems destined for in the NBA, even if he does not possess ideal height at 6'9. While not freakishly explosive, Diallo is extremely nimble and agile for a player his size, being capable of moving his feet extremely well both getting up and down the floor and covering ground in the half-court on either end. At just 220 pounds, he still needs to get significantly stronger, particularly in his base, but seems to have the frame to do so in the long term.

Offensively, Diallo is a raw prospect at this point in time, being mostly relegated to put-backs, pick and roll finishes, rim-runs, and other simple plays. He does a good job of sprinting into screens and then diving to the paint with impressive speed and purpose, and is a capable target as a finisher around the basket. He also tosses in the occasional mid-range jumper, a little more often than you might expect perhaps, but does not possess great mechanics and often looks somewhat rushed with how willing he is to show off his part of his game.

Diallo showed he can make an impact on the glass at the college level, averaging over 13 rebounds per-40 minutes, as he possesses great tools with his quickness and length, to go along with a huge desire to throw his body around and make things happen with his aggressiveness and physicality.

That same reckless abandon that makes him so effective as a rebounder (and at times, a defender) also plays against him offensively in the half-court. Diallo's skill-level and feel for the game is still very much a work in progress, as he mostly plays off his instincts. He does not possess any real footwork or counter moves, and often looks rushed whenever he catches the ball, appearing to be somewhat of a black hole. He generated just one assist in 195 minutes, as opposed to 17 turnovers, many of which were of the unforced variety, with three second violations, moving screens, and charges galore. This unpredictable nature likely played a major role in Kansas' coaching staff eventually going away from him as the season moved on.

Defensively, Diallo shows significant potential, with his outstanding combination of mobility, length and high activity level. He demonstrated good instincts as a shot-blocker, swatting away 4.5 shots per-40 minutes, doing so with both hands, and even without needing to jump at times due to his excellent reach. Even more impressive is the way he covers ground on the pick and roll, stepping out on the perimeter to hedge with great quickness, and being capable of switching onto guards and staying in front using his length and agility.

With that said, Diallo is still a long ways away from putting it all together on the defensive end, as he lacks experience in a serious way and does not possess great fundamentals or awareness at this stage. Diallo plays off his instincts quite a bit here as well, being susceptible to biting on fakes, rotating wildly for blocks, and fouling at a very high rate (7.8 times per-40 minutes). It will take him some time to learn the concepts of NBA half-court defenses, and adding strength will also be a major priority in the long term, as he has a tendency to get pushed around with his lack of bulk.

Diallo was caught in a tough situation this year, as there are very few college basketball programs like Kansas who had the resources to fight the NCAA and not give in to their spiteful vengeance. At the same time, it's easy to understand how he could get lost in such a crowded and experienced frontcourt like the Jayhawks had. To Diallo's credit, he never allowed himself to become a distraction and always appeared to be a positive presence on the bench cheering for his teammates. That's a good sign considering he's unlikely to play a huge role early on in his NBA career either, as he still needs quite a bit of development to reach his full potential.

Diallo will now need to fight his way back into the first round through the pre-draft process to make up for the time and ground he lost at Kansas, but appears more than capable of doing so with what he brings to the table still as a prospect.
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Top NBA Prospects in the Big 12, Part 1: Cheick Diallo Scouting Video
September 17, 2015

Mike Schmitz kicks off our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the Big 12 with a video scouting report of the #1 prospect in the conference, Kansas' Cheick Diallo.

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#1 Cheick Diallo, Freshman, PF/C, Kansas



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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Final Recap
April 11, 2015

Cheick Diallo 12 PTS, 6 REBS (3 offensive), 3 blocks, 5-for-9 FGs in 16 min

The 6' 9 big man only played 16 minutes after starting the game, but made a few impressive plays as a finisher, offensive rebounder and shot blocker that make it easy to see him as a high-motor, energy big man in the NBA. He blocked three of the US Team's 12 shots, finished a big dunk in transition, and showed good activity on the offensive glass. On the flip side, Diallo forced up a bad shot in the lane, got the rebound and missed another tough, highly contested left handed jump hook. Although his feel for the game and offensive skill level leave much to be desired, Diallo's 7' 4 wingspan, motor and fluidity should make him a highlight reel at the college level.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Cheick Diallo
April 10, 2015

An interview with highly touted 2015 center prospect Cheick Diallo of the World Select Team at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: International Practice: Day Four
April 9, 2015

Cheick Diallo did a great job of getting up and down the floor today. His motor was running hot and he had some very strong finishes around the basket. On the other end, he protected the paint well with his 7-4 wingspan and didn't have any qualms about mixing things up with the taller big men, particularly on the glass where he's a force to be reckoned with. He's looked very intent this week on showing off his mid-range jumper, and was able to knock down a couple of them today, which wasn't the case in the past few days. His passing ability appears to be better than advertised, and he again dropped a few bounce passes today to cutters that hinted at nice things to come as his feel for the game continues to improve.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: International Measurements
April 6, 2015

Cheick Diallo
Height (w/ shoes): 6-9
Weight: 220
Wingspan: 7-4
Hand Width: 10
Hand Length: 9 1/8
Standing Reach: 9-1
Country: Mali

At 6-9, Diallo is definitely the size of a power forward, and it might be difficult for him to play the center position his skill-set is best suited for offensively. He's also very light at the moment at just 220 pounds, having only gained two pounds since our last measurement this past summer. Players like Anthony Davis and Larry Sanders had similar frames at the same age, so there is still plenty of time for him to continue to fill out once he hits a college weight room. Not only is his 7-4 wingspan absolutely gigantic, he also has a terrific 9-1 standing reach. His measurements are similar to those of Taj Gibson who weighed in at 214 points with a 6'9.75 frame, a 7'4 wingspan and a 9'1 standing reach at the NBA Draft Combine in 2009.

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2013-07-13 10:06:08
DraftExpress: 6-9 '96-born Cheick Diallo from Mali is fun to watch. Fantastic athlete. Great energy. Blocks rebounds dunks. Could be a big time prospect
2013-04-13 16:32:34
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