Just because there haven't been many updates on Cheick Diallo's recruitment in recent months doesn't mean he hasn't been producing on the basketball court.
Quite the contrary.
Scout.com director of recruiting Evan Daniels says he's already watched Diallo four or five times this high school season, and his evaluation remains the same for the University of Kentucky target.
"It's his energy," Daniels told the Herald-Leader. "Nobody in high school basketball plays harder than Cheick Diallo. He brings it every time he steps on the court. You know he's always going to make an impact on the backboard. You know he's always going to run the floor and use his athleticism around the basket. He's going to contest shots.
"This is a guy who's productive and plays with such great energy. He's fun to watch."
The 6-foot-9 post player from Mali is in his senior season with Our Savior New American (N.Y.), a team that will play twice this weekend at the Mustang Madness showcase in Paducah.
Diallo has been a double-double machine for Our Savior, which has played a national schedule this season that has allowed him to go up against some of the top post players in the country.
He's long been considered one of the best post defenders in the class — he led the Nike summer league in blocked shots last year — but his offensive game is still rounding into shape.
"He can still work on becoming a more efficient post scorer, and he can get a little more consistent making mid-range jump shots," Daniels said. "I think that's the next step — really developing his ability to score on the block and develop some counter moves."
Still, Diallo is among the best prospects in high school basketball.
Scout.com considers him the No. 8 overall recruit in the class of 2015, and he's No. 4 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings. DraftExpress.com is already projecting him as the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
That stature usually comes with an abundance of recruiting attention, but that hasn't been the case with Diallo.
"Cheick Diallo and the people that are helping him with his recruitment have certainly been quiet and have played this thing pretty close to the vest," Daniels said. "And I think that's how they want it."
An official at Our Savior confirmed that neither Diallo nor any of his coaches plan to talk about his recruitment until after his senior season, so don't expect a college decision any time soon.
Diallo has cut his list to five finalists: Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, St. John's and Pittsburgh. Good luck predicting a favorite.
"You look at those five schools — I don't know if I could really pick one out right now and say that's where I think he's going," Daniels said. "It's pretty up in the air."
UK Coach John Calipari could get another look at Diallo this weekend.
The Cats play at Texas A&M at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, but Calipari and two assistants are expected to fly to Western Kentucky and watch part of the Mustang Madness later in the day.
Diallo's game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. EST.
Calipari should be there in time to see class of 2015 targets Malik Newman and Thomas Bryant, who play against each other in the game following Diallo's. Class of 2016 standouts Thon Maker and Josh Jackson — both top-five recruits — play right after that.
The event will also include appearances by UK signees Charles Matthews and Skal Labissiere.