Kansas is still awaiting word on whether or not Cheick Diallo will be allowed to play this season, but the good news for the Jayhawks is that Diallo will be allowed to practice with the team.
Friday, October 2nd, is the first day that college basketball programs are officially allowed to begin practicing in full, and earlier this week, the NCAA notified the program that Diallo will, in fact, be allowed to participate in those practices.
The Kansas City Star was the first to report the news.
This is good news for Kansas. While it’s not exactly an indicator of whether or not Diallo will eventually be allowed to suit up for Bill Self’s club this season, it does mean that, should be eventually get cleared, he won’t have to play catch-up. The first game of the season is still six weeks away, meaning that instead of having to sit out until a decision is finally made, the five-star freshman will be able to begin learning the system. He’ll be a part of putting in the offense and he’ll get to practice defensive rotations and he’ll have a feel for the lingo that the coaching staff uses. He’ll also be in shape if and when his time comes, meaning that he should be able to make an impact from Day 1.
Diallo spent three years at Our Savior New American, a high school in Centerreach, New York. His time at OSNA is at the crux of the NCAA’s investigation into his eligibility.