Notebook: Update on Mamadi Diakite After the G-League Elite Camp, Hauser Brothers Update

Mamadi Diakite

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite was not among the 10 potential NBA Draft prospects to receive an invitation to the NBA Combine following the conclusion of Tuesday’s G-League Elite Camp in Chicago.

Diakite’s performance in two scrimmage games didn’t resemble the remarkable NCAA postseason he had in playing a major role toward UVA’s national championship run. 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.

In the first scrimmage game of the G-League Camp, Diakite scored a minus-18 in the plus/minus statistical column. In 20 minutes, 32 seconds, the was 3 of 10 in field goal attempts, was 0 of 2 on 3-point attempts, and did not attempt a free throw for a total of six points. He had one rebound, one assist, one turnover and did not block a shot.

In his second scrimmage game, he scored a minus-10 in the plus/minus. In 17 minutes, 55 seconds of court time, he was 0 of 7 in field goal attempts, missed his lone 3-point shot attempt, was 2 of 2 at the charity stripe, had two rebounds, no assists, one turnover, one blocked shot and a total of two points.

Of the 40 players invited to the G-League Elite Camp, 10 moved on to the NBA Combine, including at least five that UVA fans are familiar with: former Cavalier Marial Shayok, who played last season at Iowa State; Miami’s Dewan Hernandez; Syracuse’s O’Shae Brissett (whose brother, a former receiver at Richmond, is a grad transfer to UVA football); Auburn’s Jared Harper; and massive Central Florida center Tacko Fall.

Three other UVA players were invited to the NBA Combine, which gets underway this week in Chicago: De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy. Hunter announced that while he will participate in interviews at the Combine, that he had withdrawn from scrimmage games, most likely the advice from his agent.

Hauser Brothers Update

A lot of college basketball fans have wondered why the Hauser brothers, Sam and Joey, decided to transfer from Marquette.

The two are wrapping up their visit to Michigan State, their final visit, and should decide soon between the Spartans (who reportedly have only one scholarship available), Virginia, and Wisconsin. They visited UVA last week and had previously visited Wisconsin.

According to a source close to the Marquette program, the Hausers were frustrated playing with Markus Howard, described as a “ball-dominant” player.

The source indicated that the Hausers wanted to belong to a more “team-oriented” offense and were turned off by Howard’s ball-hogging antics.

Wahoos Draft Projections

Following last night’s NBA Lottery, here are the latest NBA mock drafts and where Virginia’s three candidates, Hunter, Jerome, and Guy are projected: Hunter, No. 9 pick to Washington Wizards; Guy, No. 29 pick to San Antonio Spurs; Jerome, No. 30 pick to Milwaukee Bucks.

CBS: Hunter, No. 4 to Lakers; Jerome No. 20 to Celtics.

NBA Draft Room: Hunter No. 5 to Atlanta Hawks; Jerome No. 35 also to Hawks.

SB Nation: Hunter No. 5 to Cleveland Cavaliers; Jerome No. 30 to Bucks.

Sports Illustrated: Hunter No. 8 to Hawks; Jerome No. 36 to Charlotte Hornets.

The Ringer: Hunter No. 4 to Lakers, Jerome second round.

Draft Tek: Hunter No. 5 to Cleveland; Hunter No. 17 to Brooklyn Nets.

Bleacher Report: Hunter No. 4 to Lakers; Jerome No. 28 to Golden State Warriors.

Tankathon: Hunter No. 5 to Cleveland; Jerome No. 29 to Spurs.


  1. Sam Smith says:

    I didn’t think the draft withdrawal was a good look for De’Andre. Not a lot of transparency there. Agent advice… while it may have made a sort of baseline pragmatic sense, teams remember that kind of stuff. Can’t imagine Bennett would’ve advised it.

    • JOEY BAGS says:

      Smart move imo. He has nothing to prove/gain by participating in a scrimmage. He will work out individually for teams. He is a virtual lock for a 4-7 pick. No reason to risk an injury.

      • Sam Smith III says:

        Risk an injury? You’re kidding, right? You mean no desire to look bad, and maybe go lower in the draft. And believe me, that’s the message teams are getting.

        • Andrew Breen says:

          How do you know what message teams are getting? Players do this all the time. Good agents know what they’re doing. If De’Andre has reason to believe he won’t go lower than _th (as in, a team has told him “based on what we already know about you,if you’re there when we pick, we’re taking you,” then yes, participating in scrimmages is too great a risk.

    • Ura Dummy says:

      He’s not withdrawing from the draft, he’s withdrawing from the scrimmages in the combine. Dummy.

    • Dave Gustafson says:

      Just as Zion had nothing at all to gain, other projected lottery picks also had nothing to gain. So, Dre made a good choice. On the other hand, Jerome and Guy could help themselves move up a bit. Scouts saw a lot of these guys due to NCAA tourney and other big game exposures. If Lakers have a chance to get Dre with 4th pick, they should grab him. Reminds me of a blend of Wilkes and Worthy, who obviously did OK for the Lakers.

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