As mentioned earlier this week, Pitt basketball recruiting target Cheick Diallo played in today's Nike Hoop Summit game. The big man didn't disappoint with another solid performance.
Diallo had 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in the game. That helped lead his World team to a 103-101 win over the U.S. squad. Skal Labissiere, a Kentucky recruit, came off the bench but still led the way for the World team with 21 points.
He is an effective presence on offense, but so much of his value is what he would bring defensively to a Pitt team that needed help in the paint on that end last year. His ability to rebound and block shots is something the Panthers could sorely use.
For Diallo, it was another good game in these types of All-Star contests. He won the Most Valuable Player award at the recent McDonald's All-American game, leading his East team to a win. Next up for him is the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17th. Diallo recently said he could announce his decision at the game.
Diallo is obviously the Panthers' No. 1 priority right now when it comes to recruiting. Pitt is still in the hunt for Charlotte transfer Mike Thorne as well but with a single year of eligibility left, he would only be a short-term solution.