Cheick Diallo was a highly touted freshman who missed the outset of last season due to eligibility issues and struggled to find a consistent spot in the rotation once he joined the Jayhawks. His physical tools and motor, however, make him stand out.
Diallo has the game of a center in the body of a power forward. He stands only 6’9 and weighs only 219 pounds so he needs to add some strength. But he makes up for it with a nearly 7’5 wingspan, great athleticism, and a non-stop motor.
He was one of the standouts of the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft Combine thanks to his work on the boards and defensively as he proved to be an excellent shot blocker as well. His skill-set is still a work in progress, but he showed improvement on his jumper as well.
In a world where big men are needed to chase around guards on the perimeter more than ever, Diallo is someone who fits that mold. He is extremely raw, but he is so scrappy that he could still make an impact while waiting on the rest of his game to catch up.