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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.

Wayne Selden practicing despite ankle sprain

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Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden began the first week off practice still nursing an injury.

Selden suffered an ankle sprain several weeks ago, and while he has been seen wearing a boot, he has continued to practice with the Jayhawks according to Gary Bedore of KUSports.com

“He has an ankle sprain,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “The only reason he is in a boot is to immobilize it when walking around. He has been practicing, yes. He’s not 100 percent, though. He sprained it three weeks ago. We are hopeful by the end of the week he’ll be much closer to full speed. He should be fine in a week or so.”

The 6-foot-5 Selden is coming off a sophomore slump, averaging 9.4 points and shooting below 40 percent from the field during the 2014-15 season. However, he is coming off a dominating performance this summer at the World University Games in Korea, leading the Team USA in scoring at 19.3 points per game en route to the gold medal.

Kansas begins the 2015-16 against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13. The home opener is followed by a meeting with Michigan State on Nov. 17 at the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Kansas forward Coleby sidelined with torn ACL

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While he wasn’t eligible to play for Kansas this season after transferring in from Ole Miss, power forward Dwight Coleby was expected to help the Jayhawks in practices. With Kansas having three seniors in its current front court, those practices were expected to help prepare Coleby for a spot in the Jayhawks’ front court rotation in 2016-17.

Unfortunately that won’t be the case, as Kansas announced Wednesday that Coleby suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury, which occurred during a team workout September 25, was of the non-contact variety according to the school.

“It was a non-contact injury that was unfortunate for him, particularly because he came here this year to practice against our guys and get better,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said Wednesday. “Even though it is a setback for him, through hard work, he’ll come back and he’ll be stronger than he ever has been by this time next year.”

Coleby averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Ole Miss last season. Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor are all seniors, with redshirt junior Landen Lucas and five-star freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg having eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 campaign.