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Kansas May Not Know About Cheick Diallo’s Eligibility For Another Month
Kansas may not learn about Cheick Diallo’s eligibility with the NCAA for another month or so.
“We’re hopeful sooner rather than later,” Kansas coach Bill Selftold CJonline.com, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t know anything for at least another month.”
The 6-foot-9 Diallo was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic and chose Kansas over Kentucky, St. John’s and other programs.
His former school, Our Savior New American, is under review by the NCAA and is the same school that produced new St. John’s commit Kassoum Yakwe. Both are natives of Mali.
Self said he believed Diallo could practice with the Jayhawks when drills begin.
“We’ll get an answer hopefully sooner rather than later. That will tell us what our next step needs to be as far as moving forward,” Self said Saturday night following Traditions Night at Memorial Stadium.
“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.”
Diallo is projected as the No. 15 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.