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Sonoran Hot Reads: Hamidou Diallo eligible for NBA Draft

Will a top prospect be skipping college altogether?

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Just a couple of days ago, we posted a story about how top prospect Hamidou Diallo had just been visited by the Arizona Wildcats’ coaching staff. On Thursday, Evan Daniels reported that Diallo will be eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. Diallo says “it’s definitely something that I’m going to look into” but then follows that up with “but as of now I want to go to college." Our Kentucky colleagues at A Sea of Blue wonder if this means UK will back off and open the door for Arizona, Syracuse and UConn. This will be interesting to watch when March and April roll around

- Five-star small forward Brian Bowen released his top-six, and Arizona is there with Creighton, NC State, UCLA, Michigan State and Texas

- Five-star center Nick Richards is set to visit Tucson next weekend

- The current Arizona team had Media Day on Thursday. Ryan was there for us, and here are some of the biggest things he heard

- Rob Dauster’s Preseason All-American teams have no Wildcats on them

Football

- Is the Pac-12 Network finally paying off?

- Bruins Nation has a very ill-informed preview of Arizona’s offense. Their preview of the defense is a little better

- Here are the five Bruins you need to know about before Saturday

- Gehard de Beer is a guy and story that doesn’t get old. Here’s a Q&A Athletics did with him about leaving South Africa, playing multiple sports and more

- This week’s injury report is brutal

Baseball

- The Giants will probably pursue Mark Melancon this offseason. The former Wildcat notched his 45th save of the year on Thursday

Other sports

- If I had been able to get an SHR out on Thursday morning, this would have led it. Cross country thwarted a thief on their recent trip to Minneapolis

- Women’s tennis is hosting their Wildcat Invitational this weekend at Robson

- Beach volleyball has a new assistant coach. Her name is Kyra Ionne, and she used to coach current Wildcat Sara Pantovic in British Columbia

Tucson news

- The Downtown Transit Center appears poised for a major upgrade

- A Sunnyside elementary school was evacuated because of a strong odor. Four people — three sixth-graders and a staff member — were taken to the hospital as a precaution

- The poverty rate in Tucson has stayed about the same over the last three years

- Regency Beauty Institute closed out of nowhere Thursday afternoon