None-and-done Hamidou Diallo declares for NBA Draft without ever playing at Kentucky

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None and done?

Former five-star guard Hamidou Diallo announced Sunday via Twitter that he is declaring for the NBA Draft without ever playing for Kentucky.

A 6-5 guard from Queens, N.Y., Diallo, who turns 19 on July 31, graduated from high school last May and, thus, is eligible for this summer's draft. He enrolled at Kentucky in January and practiced with the Wildcats but never played in a game.

"Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate goal for me. … I want to see where my game is and explore my options. I just want to keep all doors open," Diallo wrote, in part, in the statement he tweeted. He says he won't hire an agent.

Before enrolling at Kentucky, he was a consensus top-10 prospect in the Class of 2017 and rated the No. 1 shooting guard in the nation.

"He'd be a first-round pick if he stays in [the draft]," an NBA scout told CBS Sports on Sunday.

If Diallo follows through and winds up in the draft, coach John Calipari could be left with another hole in his UK roster. The Wildcats have seen six players declare for the NBA Draft: Diallo and Bam Adebayo, who won't hire agents, and Isaiah Briscoe, De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Isaac Humphries, all of whom have said they will hire agents, eliminating the possibility of returning to Lexington.

Players who declare for the draft but don't hire agents have until May 24 to withdraw and return to college.

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