Had this thought rolling around my head for a few days now and wanted to bring it to the forum to get some feedback. Did Mamadi Diakite make the right decision in coming back? In May and going into the year I believed he did, and he needed another year of seasoning (plus I knew the Hoos needed him).
However, after watching the first half of the season Mamadi has been good, but I’m not sure I would say he’s been solid. Or maybe better put, I wonder if his time on the court this season is exposing holes in his game that could actually cost him in the talent evaluation process?
Take away the 21 point outburst against SC and he is averaging 10.2 Pts a game since December, He’s also averaging 6.2 rebs and 2.7 TOs during that stretch.
None of those stats are bad and none of this is meant to be a dig at him as a player or a person. I’m just wondering if the extra exposure could actually hurt his draft stock and potential at the next level?
It’s the same reason why I totally thought Kyle Guy made the right decision in leaving early, same for Justin Anderson. When the focus becomes totally on them and their game, and you combine that with a new role and a shifting lineup they are open to the potential of a setback. Combine that with the fact that bloggers and fans like myself like nothing more than to sit back and critique it can become a difficult situation.