Breaking News: Cheick Diallo told http://t.co/7iKISAedXL he has committed to Kansas . Story to follow.
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 28, 2015
Speaking to Biancardi, the young man from Our Savior New American School in Centereach, NY (52 miles east of New York City) explained his choice.
“I can earn playing time right away. I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development. I need to work on a lot of things and feel Coach Self can help my game.”
The Jayhawks went 27-9 (13-5 Big 12) in 2015, finishing at the top of the Big 12 Conference.
After losing to Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship Game, the team lost to their in-state rival Wichita State Shockers in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament. Shortly afterward, key players in Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander declared for the NBA draft.
The addition of Diallo now gives Kansas a potentially dangerous trio in him, rising senior Perry Ellis (13.8 PPG, 6.9 RPG) and rising junior Wayne Selden Jr. (9.4 PPG).
Diallo himself is a 6-foot-9, 225 pound forward known for having a great motor as well as a fine rebounding and shot blocking game. In this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game, he was the game’s MVP with 18 points and 10 rebounds in helping the East beat the West 111-91.
So long as he develops more of a scoring touch, he can be an impact player that sees Kansas remain a team to watch once again in 2016.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Under Armour/Kelly Klein