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Kansas forward Diallo granted waiver to travel to Maui

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With No. 4 Kansas headed to Maui to participate in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the status of impact freshman forward Cheick Diallo remains up in the air.

Diallo has yet to be cleared for competition by the NCAA, so while he can help the Jayhawks in practices he’s yet to take the floor in game action for head coach Bill Self. Friday morning the school announced that Diallo has been granted a waiver to travel with the team to Maui.

The question: what does this mean with regards to the possibility of Diallo being cleared at some point in the near future? That is anyone’s guess at this point. While it can be viewed as a positive that Diallo is being allowed to travel, when it comes to such investigations so little information is made public that it’s tough to tell.

And while it isn’t a perfect comparison since Marquette was on its summer trip to Italy, the NCAA allowed Haanif Cheatham to travel despite being in eligibility limbo. Cheatham would eventually be cleared but it was too late for him to play in any of Marquette’s exhibitions in Italy, with the good news breaking while the Golden Eagles were playing their final exhibition of the trip.

Diallo’s a high-energy power forward who would have a significant impact once on the floor. But even with Friday’s piece of good news, we still have no indication of how much longer he’ll have to sit out.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(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.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.

Bill Self remains “confident” Cheick Diallo will be eligible this season

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With five weeks before Late Night in the Phog, the most pressing question for the Kansas program is the eligibility status of five-star freshman Cheick Diallo.

The 6-foot-9 forward was enrolled in summer courses at Kansas, earning six credits, but is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The issue involves Diallo’s high school, Our Savior New American (New York), which is under NCAA review. Diallo’s OSNA teammate, Damon Wilson, who is now as Pitt, is also waiting to be cleared. Alabama commit Kobie Eubanks, another former OSNA player, was ruled not cleared earlier this month, although his prep career ended elsewhere.

Other players, like Oklahoma State’s Davon Dillard, another member of OSNA’s Class of 2015, was cleared, according to CBS Sports.

Kansas head coach Bill Self spoke with reporters on Monday and remained optimistic that his blue-chip big man will be eligible to play this season.

“We want to know what all classes counted for other kids, too,” Self said, via Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. “It’s nervous, because we don’t know. … But I’m confident; I’m confident.”

“Other kids are getting cleared from that school, too,” Self added. “But they just haven’t made a determination on Cheick, because they haven’t had his stuff as long as other kids.”

Self had previously stated wouldn’t be surprised if Diallo had to wait at least another month for the ruling.

Diallo was rated the No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals. His high school career ended with MVP honors at both the McDonald’s All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Bill Self says Cheick Diallo could wait ‘at least another month’ for eligibility ruling


Monday marked the first day of classes at the University of Kansas. While five-star forward Cheick Diallo is enrolled, he’s still waiting to hear if he can play.

The 6-foot-9 Diallo committed to the Jayhawks in April, but has yet to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Kansas head coach Bill Self can see this dragging on, updating the status to reporters on Saturday, courtesy of Jesse Newell of the Topeka Capital-Journal.

“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.”

Diallo attended Our Savior New American (New York), which is currently under NCAA review. Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, another member of the Class of 2015, is still waiting to be cleared as well. On Sunday, Kassoum Yakwe reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s. His eligibility for the upcoming season is being called a “work in progress”.

A native of Mali, Diallo was ranked as the No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals; one of two five-star forwards joining the Jayhawks this season with Carlton Bragg (No. 21 overall) being the other. Diallo capped his prep career by winning MVP honors at both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Kansas opens the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 at home against Northern Colorado.

Five-star freshman still waiting to be cleared by NCAA to play at Kansas

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One of Kansas’ two incoming five-star forwards is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Cheick Diallo, rated the fifth-best player in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, committed to KU back in late April, but is still awaiting word from the NCAA, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reported on Tuesday night.

“I don’t anticipate this being cleared up in the near future,” Self told Dodd.

Diallo isn’t the only player that has had issues with the NCAA coming out of Our Savior New American. Pitt commit Damon Wilson is still waiting to get through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center, and in the Class of 2014, Michael Nzei didn’t qualify at Seton Hall while Kobie Eubanks ended up at prep school instead of at Baylor. Kassoum Yakwe, a member of the Class of 2016 that is considering reclassifying to 2015, is also a product of Our Savior New American. The school is currently under NCAA review.

Diallo picked Kansas over Iowa State and St. John’s. He capped his high school career by winning MVP honors at both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. While not as skilled on the offensive end as Perry Ellis or fellow freshman forward Carlton Bragg, the 6-foot-9 Diallo brings an abundance of energy every time he takes the floor: attacking the glass, running the floor and finishing with authority at the rim.

According to Dodd, Diallo was accepted by Kansas’ admission office and had enrolled in summer courses. The fall semester begins on Aug. 24.