CHICAGO — The recruitment of five-star power forward Cheick Diallo should be over by the end of April.
Diallo — one of the top 10 prospects in the class of 2015 — said Tuesday that he still likes all five schools on his list. Those under consideration are Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, St. John's and Pittsburgh, and the coaches at those programs will probably have to wait a couple more weeks for Diallo's answer.
He said he could announce his decision at the nationally televised Jordan Brand Classic on April 17, or he could wait a little while longer, especially if college players drag out their own NBA decisions.
"That's what I'm waiting for," Diallo said. "I want to know who's going and who's staying."
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The NBA early-entry deadline is April 26.
Diallo — a native of Mali who now plays for a high school on Long Island — said he's been in contact with John Calipari the past couple of weeks, though he does not have an in-home visit set up with the UK coach.
Chris Mullin's recent hire as St. John's head coach is unlikely to affect the recruitment.
"I don't even know him," Diallo said.
One thing Diallo is sure about: He wants to be on the court more often than not next season.
"I don't want to go to some school and play like ... 20 minutes," he said. "I want to go to school to play more time."
Easy to find
No. 1 recruit Jaylen Brown dismissed the notion that a certain coach — John Calipari, for example — might be better for his basketball career than others with less-proven track records of sending players to the NBA.
"If you're a pro, you can pretty much go anywhere. They'll find you wherever you're at," Brown said Tuesday. "If I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, I think I can get to the NBA. ... There's not a certain school to go to be a pro. A pro's a pro."
Brown is still considering UK along with Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Michigan and California.
Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2015, and he's already being projected as the No. 1 pick in next year's NBA Draft.
Part of Calipari's recruiting pitch has been that he's never had a player quite like Brown in six seasons at Kentucky.
"He hasn't had too many great wings," Brown said. "This year he didn't have wings at all. He said I'm what they're missing — somebody who is a true wing, can do many things: pass score, defend, guard multiple positions.
"He said he hasn't had that in a few years. He's looking for me to fill that role."