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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.