The Kansas Jayhawks’ regular season is just around the corner, and the fans are getting impatient along with the coaching staff about the status of five-star freshman forward Cheick Diallo.
At last night’s final exhibition game, in which the Jayhawks took on Fort Hays State, fans started chanting “Free Diallo!”
Video of the chanting was posted to Twitter.
Diallo, who originally hails from Mali, is still waiting academic clearance from the NCAA due to his attending high school at Our Savior New American in the Long Island, New York town of Centereach. The school has established itself as one that takes on many international students and has a fine basketball program.
However, just how much the school does from an academic standpoint has the NCAA looking into things.
A report from Yahoo Sports offered more on the situation:
“NCAA officials have investigated the legitimacy of Diallo’s past schooling and curriculum. Diallo attended middle school in Mali before transferring to Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y., as a ninth grader. Our Savior has had graduates accepted into top universities across the country.
“The NCAA received 2,000 pages of homework from Diallo’s Our Savior high school courses, and has requested middle-school transcripts as far back as sixth grade, multiple sources told Yahoo. In 2014, Mike Nzei was ruled ineligible at Seton Hall after being unable to produce his homework from Our Savior.”
Diallo has also hired a lawyer in case a further battle with the NCAA needs to be fought, but the fans’ chant rings true. The NCAA has dragged its feet in this investigation and the fact that they’re looking as far back as when Diallo was in sixth grade is absolutely ridiculous. Qualifying academically is important, but sixth grade work? That shouldn’t matter at this point.
Campus Sports will update Diallo’s status as any new information becomes public.
Kansas opens its season at home against the Big Sky’s Northern Colorado Bears on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
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