Kansas Jayhawks five-star freshman big man Cheick Diallo still has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, but head coach Bill Self may have given a small hint as to when he would be.
While appearing on local radio show “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810, Self elaborated on Diallo and what the future could hold.
“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self said. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.
“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.
“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”
Originally from Mali, the heart of Diallo’s eligibility issues stem from his playing high school ball at Our Savior New American for three years. The school, currently under NCAA review, is in Centereach, New York and has seen its players be declared ineligible before. However, the good news is that Diallo’s teammate, Pittsburgh freshman Damon Wilson, was recently cleared to play.
Kansas opens its season against Northern Colorado on November 13, and Campus Sports will be sure to update Diallo’s status once new information becomes available.
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