Kansas Jayhawks five-star freshman big man Cheick Diallo is now allowed to practice with the team, but is still waiting on clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center. Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reported the latest development.
A McDonald’s All-American who is originally from Mali, Diallo played high school ball at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, a town on Long Island about 55 miles east of New York City. The issue at heart is academic, as OSNA is currently under NCAA investigation regarding its curriculum.
This means that depending on the results of the investigation, Diallo could end up being deemed ineligible to play this season and thus throw a wrench into Kansas’ plans. The Jayhawks could use some help in the frontcourt to take some of the load off of Perry Ellis, and Diallo can do just that with his ability to be strong in the paint.
Hopefully, a decision comes sooner rather than later as Kansas’ first exhibition game comes against Pittsburg State on November 4.
Campus Sports will update Diallo’s status once any new information becomes available.
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