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Diakite takeaways from Nike Basketball Academy

"Diakite seemingly has had a great summer working on his body, as he weighed in 18 pounds heavier than he did three months ago at the G League Combine, and he possesses measurables that compare favorably to those of Kevon Looney, Pascal Siakam and Eric Moreland. While the results were fairly uneven, he made a handful of extremely memorable plays over the course of the weekend that showed just how high his potential is defensively. Diakite was easily one of the best athletes at the camp, especially in terms of his ability to get off his feet with incredible ease for blocks and dunks. He also proved capable of stepping out and guarding anyone on the perimeter, getting deep in a stance, sliding his feet with impressive agility and using his 7-foot-4 wingspan to make plays all over the floor.
Offensively, Diakite is a major work in progress. He loves to catch and hold and can be very wild with his decision-making, rarely passing the ball and instead settling for difficult jumpers that often look good coming out of his hand but don't go in very often. He actually has good-looking shooting mechanics -- as evidenced by the 74% rate he shot from the free throw line over the past two seasons -- but that hasn't translated to game settings yet, largely due to the sped-up brand of basketball he plays.

Diakite's athleticism and defensive versatility give him a chance to find his way onto an NBA roster at some point, provided the game ever slows down for him and he can become a more consistent rebounder and decision-maker. With all four of Virginia's other starters off to the NBA, scouts will be able to evaluate Diakite in a very different light as compared with the confined role he played on last year's national championship squad, something that undoubtedly will lead to some highs and lows."

Posted: 08/13/2019 at 12:14PM


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Diakite takeaways from Nike Basketball Academy -- G0H00SG0 08/13/2019 12:14PM
  He needs a jump hook. ** -- TriplHoo 08/13/2019 2:59PM
  Demolition Man, Part Deux ** -- jdubforwahoowa 08/13/2019 2:43PM
  He can certainly do that -- hooman#1 08/13/2019 4:37PM
  Fair ** -- D 08/13/2019 1:38PM
  No problem! Jon Givony ESPN ** -- G0H00SG0 08/13/2019 1:37PM
  Who the *** advised him to lose 20 lbs?? ** -- wahoo138 08/13/2019 1:06PM
  I think players often lose weight during the season** -- wahoo,M.D. 08/14/2019 06:45AM
  Rumor was his agent so he could -- bridgehoo 08/13/2019 1:10PM
  Maybe his GF, again? :-) -- jdubforwahoowa 08/13/2019 1:14PM
  I missed that suggestion ** -- Trigon 08/13/2019 1:09PM
  "Pascal Siakam" = I love this comp for Mamadi ** -- bhc333 08/13/2019 1:05PM
  true ** -- Trigon 08/13/2019 1:05PM
  Removed** -- Stimp 08/13/2019 12:57PM
  Salt (if the article predated July 26) ** -- Stimp 08/13/2019 12:58PM
  I like to eat kiwis . . . ** -- jdubforwahoowa 08/13/2019 1:56PM
  Spot on ** -- Sterling Malory Archer 08/13/2019 12:45PM
  In order for him to get drafted -- jazzhoo 08/13/2019 12:31PM
  Anybody know his offensive numbers during tourney? -- CavalierIU 08/13/2019 1:09PM
  Unknown has them above ** -- Haney 08/13/2019 1:57PM
  I'm with those who disagree with you -- Faz d. Hoo 08/14/2019 08:40AM
  This year we will need a little more .. -- T Room Cav 08/13/2019 2:28PM
  Agreed. ** -- Hooddihsm 08/13/2019 1:18PM
  He’s a far better scorer in the paint than Jack ** -- Williamsburg Wahoo 08/13/2019 6:27PM
  FWIW, I had a dream recently that Salt made a three -- Faz d. Hoo 08/14/2019 09:14AM
  I agree. He can do more than dunk. ** -- Bourbon Bowl 08/13/2019 8:57PM
  I'm not saying he shouldn't take open shots -- Hooddihsm 08/13/2019 1:17PM
  Fair ** -- Hooddihsm 08/13/2019 1:55PM
  If he finishes stronger at the rim -- ARKHOO 08/13/2019 1:49PM
  Key, Diakite, and Huff are the new big 3.. -- Huff Daddy 08/13/2019 1:27PM
  I just don't see it. Hope I'm wrong ** -- wahoo138 08/13/2019 1:13PM
  My Jerome. -- jdubforwahoowa 08/13/2019 1:15PM
  I just don't see the fluidity -- wahoo138 08/13/2019 1:17PM

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