Draft preparations continue for the Atlanta Hawks who are hosting workouts with a variety of prospects. SNY.tv Hoops insider Adam Zagoria adds a pair of names to the list in Kansas big man Cheick Diallo and Kentucky point guard Isaiah Briscoe.
Former Kansas F Cheick Diallo works out tomorrow for Atlanta, source tells @SNYtv. Hawks have the No. 21 pick.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 23, 2016
Diallo is a 6-9 power forward from Kansas who weighs in at 219 pounds. He played sparingly during his freshman season averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 7.5 minutes of playing time. Despite his limited opportunities with the Jayhawks, Diallo elected to enter the draft and will be staying in after improving his stock with a good showing at the Draft Combine.
Diallo makes this decision after a terrific week in Chicago, where it's possible that no player helped his draft stock as much as he did. Executives and general mangers around the event were impressed with his superb measurements (a 7-foot-4.5 wingspan will do that for you), as well as his play in the 5-on-5 portion of the event. On Thursday, Diallo scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, and blocked four shots. Then on Friday, he followed it up with a solid nine-point, 10-rebound performance. It's possible Diallo could now go as early as the middle of the first round, but is more likely to be a late first round pick.
Briscoe declared for the Draft after a good freshman season at Kentucky but hasn't ruled out a return to school. At 6-2 with a 6-8 wingspan, Briscoe has good size for an NBA point guard. His body has always been a concern but he weighed in at 200 pounds with just 8.5% body fat per DraftExpress.
The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Hawks currently own the 21st pick of the first round and the 44th and 54th selection in the second.
Per Zagoria, Diallo turned in an impressive performance in his workout for Atlanta.
Was told former Kansas F Cheick Diallo was very impressive in workout today with Atlanta.They pick at No. 21.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 23, 2016