Kentucky basketball: Hamidou Diallo admits to struggles in ‘roller coaster’ season

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hamidou Diallo hasn’t developed into the player many expected with just six games left in the regular season, and the redshirt freshman shooting guard admitted to his struggles Tuesday afternoon.

Diallo said the season has been a roller coaster for him.

“It’s been up and down, and I’ve still been trying to identify myself within this team,” Diallo said. “I haven’t been playing well. Have been playing terrible on defense and I just need to pick it up. I need to pick it up to a different level for myself and for this team.”

Diallo’s stats took a dip once Kentucky’s SEC slate started.

His overall per game stats: 26.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43 percent field goal, 31 percent 3-point.

His SEC per game stats: 25.3 minutes, 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 37 percent field goal, 21 percent 3-point.

Diallo has remained in John Calipari’s starting lineup, but his minutes have declined. But there were signs of hope for Diallo against Texas A&M on Saturday.

He went 5 for 11 from the field and all 13 of his points came in the second half.

“The ball finally went in the hole,” Diallo said. “I just gotta pick it up. I gotta bring a different level of energy to this team and bring a different level of play for these guys and myself.”

Watch: Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne previews Auburn game

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Posted by Kentucky Wildcats – SEC Country on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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