Mamadi Diakite struggles at G League Elite Camp

Mamadi DiakiteMamadi Diakite was looking for some feedback on where his game is at the G League Elite Camp.

The feedback may very well be: needs more seasoning.

Diakite was not among the 10 campers to receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine after a so-so showing.

That may be generous. In two scrimmages at the camp, Diakite averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 19 minutes per game, shooting 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from the floor and 0-of-3 from three-point range.

Yikes.

Former UVA guard Marial Shayok, who finished his career this past season at Iowa State, had a better go of it, earning a combine invite after averaging 10.5 points per game on 9-of-22 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 shooting from three.

Also earning an invite: Syracuse guard Oshae Brissett, who also averaged 10.5 points a game, on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor.

The stars were a pair of bigs – Miami forward Dewan Hernandez (14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9-of-11 shooting), and 7’6” Central Florida big Tacko Fall (13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 13-of-18 shooting).

The door remains open for Diakite to return to Charlottesville for his redshirt senior season. He has until May 29 to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft.

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