Kansas Jayhawks head men’s basketball coach Bill Self met with reporters and updated them on the status of five-star freshman forward Cheick Diallo, who is enrolled at the university and taking classes but is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
As Self told Jesse Newell of the Topeka Captal-Journal, nothing has changed and he anticipates the situation being dragged out.
“We’re hopeful sooner rather than later,” Self said, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t know anything for at least another month.”
“We certainly believe it should be a certain way, but it’s not about what we believe. It’s about what is right and what’s fair. Certainly we’ll fight hard for him.”
At the center of Diallo’s eligibility issues is his high school, Our Savior New American School. Located in Long Island, New York, the school is under NCAA review and its graduates have experienced issues similar to those of Diallo. Pitt commit Damon Wilson is still awaiting clearance, as is St. John’s commit Kassoum Yakwe, so it’s clear that the NCAA is leaving no stone unturned in its review of the school.
A native of Mali, Diallo has excellent size at 6-foot-9, 225 pounds and would bring some much needed interior help to the Jayhawks in the 2015-16 season. That said, hopefully he will be cleared soon so he can get on the court and start getting in game shape.
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