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Hamidou Diallo withdraws from the NBA Draft, will return to Kentucky

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He will play for the Wildcats after all.

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One of the most talked-about stories during the offseason has been the draft status of Hamidou Diallo, the Kentucky player who had the potential to be the first ever ‘none-and-done’ player in college basketball. After picking Kentucky over UConn back in January, Diallo was redshirted for the year’s remaining semester. He didn’t play in a game for the Wildcats, but there was still talk that he was talented enough to enter the NBA Draft.

He did just that. However, he didn’t hire an agent, leaving his status for next season up in the air.

Many Kentucky fans were left on the edge of their seat for weeks that turned into months as it became evident that Diallo would take all the time possible to make a decision. Throughout this morning and on into the evening, #DialloWatch was in full effect as people were constantly refreshing Twitter (and falling for fake Jeff Goodman accounts) to see what the news was.

So, with less than 20 minutes until the deadline for making a decision about his NBA Draft status, tweets came in saying that Diallo had withdrawn from the Draft. All of this is certainly welcome news for Calipari and Kentucky fans, as Diallo will join another one of Cal’s loaded recruiting classes in the pursuit of the Wildcats’ 9th title.