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#Woof: Huskies Get Commitment From 5-Star Local Point Guard

Zoom Diallo has become the latest star to put Washington on his back

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Washington pulled off a stunner and made a huge splash for next season when local 5-star Point Guard Zoom Diallo announced his commitment to the Huskies tonight at a ceremony in Tacoma.

The 6’4 Diallo is currently ranked as the 24th best prospect in the country in the 247 Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2024. He is originally from Tacoma, WA but moved out of state for his final season to attend Prolific Prep in Napa, California. He chose Washington out of a final group that included Gonzaga, Arizona, and USC.

It has been obvious for years that Diallo was the top player in the state of Washington for the 2024 class. He won the 2022-23 Gatorade State Player of the Year award while averaging 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game for Curtis HS on the way to his second straight 4A championship. Conventional wisdom was that Diallo’s recruitment would come down to a battle of Mark Few and Gonzaga versus his former assistant Tommy Lloyd at Arizona. But Washington made a late push this fall and got it done.

The Huskies will lose starters Sahvir Wheeler and Paul Mulcahy to eligibility after this season at the the guard spots. Right now they are projected to return Koren Johnson, Nate Calmese, and top freshman Wesley Yates (who has yet to appear in a game due to injury) plus add CG Casmir Chavis in the recruiting class as well. Diallo has enough size that he could play next to one of that group in a starting lineup and a greater Seattle area backcourt with Diallo and Johnson would be dynamic.

It’s impossible to talk about this recruitment without addressing the elephant in the room. Mike Hopkins entered this season on the hot seat almost assuredly needing at least an NCAA tournament berth to keep his job. Especially with the AD who hired him now at USC. Diallo’s commitment date means he isn’t eligible to sign until April when there will be more clarity about whether this season has gone well enough to warrant another season for the coaching staff.

It was under a different Athletic Director but an even better recruiting class with a higher ranked local prospect wasn’t enough to save Lorenzo Romar just before Hopkins was hired. The hope is that the draw of playing close to home and a substantial NIL deal will be enough to keep Diallo in the boat even if a coaching change does occur.

It’s clear though that Diallo has the talent to be worth getting excited about. He has the ability to score at all 3 levels with a quick first step to get to the rim and the ability to pull up and knock down a midrange jumper. He isn’t a passer on the level of Sahvir Wheeler but can execute well in the pick and roll and serve as a lead guard on a quality offense.

In the transfer portal roster even the best teams in the country fail to bring back everyone who is eligible to return. But right this second here is everyone projected to have at least one remaining year of eligibility on the 2023-24 roster.

Guards: Koren Johnson (10.4 ppg), Nate Calmese (4.4 ppg), Wesley Yates (Injured), Zoom Diallo (incoming freshman), Casmir “Cash” Chavis (incoming freshman)

Wings: Samuel Ariyibi (0.0 ppg), Christian King (redshirting)

Bigs: Franck Kepnang (8.3 ppg), Braxton Meah (4.0 ppg), Wilhelm Breidenbach (3.9 ppg)