13 - Cheick Diallo

6-9, 220 Power Forward/Center
KANSAS_65.GIF Kansas Freshman
09/13/96 (23.2 yrs)
Bamako, Mali
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NBA Comparison: Kenneth Faried

Strengths: When comparted to other 6’9’’ players, Diallo has both terrific end to end speed, and a motor to keep him going. His stride is both effortless, and his constant effort re-affirms all the ravings about his motor dating back to his high school days. These traits make Diallo a transition threat as a big man, and also aid him as a chase down shot blocker in the open court. Cheick also has good length. Sporting a 7’4’’ wingspan and a 9’1’’ standing reach (according to the 2015 Hoop Summit) he sizes up pretty favorably for an NBA 4 man. While probably not an elite leaper, he gets off the ground very quickly, and is easily a good jumper for a 6’9’’ player. Transitioning his length and athletic ability to the NBA should not be an issue with continued physical maturity. He has great timing as a shot blocker, especially from the weak side. Despite limited minutes as a freshman, Diallo blocked 4.2 shots per game per 40 minutes, and actually would have done so without projecting to foul out (3.7 fouls per 40 minutes). He possesses a knack for rebounding the ball despite not always being in the best position. Cheick’s per 40 minute rebound numbers would come right in at 13.3 per game. His long arms, really aid in his ability to grab misses on the defensive end. He also showed the ability to finish strong around the hoop, and good hands catching alley oops. It should also be noted that despite a season in which he probably tallied a lot fewer minutes than he expected, Cheick was an engaged player off the bench, and showed positive body language and overall team support when his minutes began to fade during Big 12 play.

Weaknesses: Cheick’s decision making offensively is really far away from being much of an asset at the NBA level. His usage percentage was 21.7% was 2nd only on the team to Perry Ellis’ 25.5% and Diallo only dished out 1 assist on the season to pair with 17 turnovers. Despite sporting a good overall FG% (54.7%) his shot selection showed he had little grasp of the flow of the game, and good ball movement. He was also prone to lazy passes due to lack of adjustment to the offensive speed of college basketball. He can hit a 15 footer at a decent clip, which is a positive sign for his shot development, but he’s got a bit of a hitch in his shot movement that would benefit him if he corrected. Diallo must also continue to hit the weights, he’s not ready for a major NBA role next season, but has a nice frame to add muscle. An extra 15 pounds and some physical maturity would do him wonders.

Overall: Cheick Diallo is an upside pick at this point in his development. With the ball in his hands, he’s very far away from being a factor outside of dunking and playing very close to the rim right now. It’d be best if Diallo can learn to stick to simplicity until he can further hone his game on that end. On the other hand, defensively and collecting misses he shows considerable potential. His calling card at the next level will probably by weak side shot blocking, defensive rebounding, and hustle. There’s still plenty to like despite an underwhelming freshman season at Kansas, and all in all Cheick handled it with maturity many teenagers wouldn’t.

Notes: Measured 6’9’’ in shoes with a 7’4’’ wingspan, a 9’1’’ standing reach, and 220 pounds at the 2015 Hoop Summit. MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game, and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2015. Measured 6’8.5 (in shoes) 208 lbs, with a 7’3 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy … Measured 6’9 (in shoes) 218 lbs, with a 7’3 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy

Dave Ray 4/13/16

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