The NCAA announced on Wednesday that Kansas forward Cheick Diallo will be cleared to play on Dec. 1st.
The NCAA’s eligibility center had been reviewing Diallo’s case as the five star forward attended a high school on Long Island — Our Savior New American — that was under review by the association.
“This was a complicated case involving international transcripts and a high school that remains under review,” NCAA Vice President of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck said. “Additionally, staff considered a complex set of circumstances regarding amateurism.”
Diallo will be eligible to play against Loyola (MD). He was suspended for five games by the NCAA for the extra benefits he received. Kansas is currently 3-1 on the season and ranked fifth nationally. They play No. 19 Vanderbilt on Wednesday in the finals of the Maui Invitational.
The NCAA also said they were swayed by the independent review of Diallo’s coursework that Kansas provided this week.
We’ve beaten the point to death by now, but the addition of Diallo in enormous for the Jayhawks, as he’s the kind of tough big man they need alongside Perry Ellis. He makes Kansas a clear-cut national title contender, and based on the inconsistent early-season play from the likes of Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina, a team that, by February, could very well end up being the best in the nation.