NEW HAVEN, Conn. — There’s usually only a few times when NBA personnel will flock to watch high school players: McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, Nike Hoop Summit, Elite 24 — the all-star events, basically.
But at least 33 scouts and executives from 22 NBA teams gathered at Albertus Magnus College this past weekend to essentially watch one player, five-star wing Hamidou Diallo.
Diallo made news in September when he said that he was eligible for this spring’s NBA Draft, after graduating from Putnam Science Academy (Connecticut) last spring. He’s now doing a post-grad year at Putnam Science, meaning he will be one year removed from his graduating class — one of the criterion for entering the draft.
Now there’s two big questions. One, will he indeed bypass college to enter the draft? And two, is he good enough to get picked in the first round?