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Cheick Diallo still not cleared to play at Kansas

Kentucky fans really wanted Cheick Diallo to pick the Cats when he announced his decision last spring. The five-star power forward picked Kansas instead, yet another missed opportunity from the top tier of the 2015 class for John Calipari.

But maybe it was a blessing.

Diallo still hasn’t been cleared by the NCAA, three months after signing his National Letter of Intent. He was accepted by KU’s admissions office and has already earned six credit hours on campus, though there is no timetable as to when he will be cleared to play basketball, if at all.

The issues with Diallo come from his time at Our Savior New American, the private school he attended in New York, and the clock is ticking. If it goes on too much longer, he may be limited to a partial qualifier and have to sit out his first season in Lawrence. The same happened to Kansas’s Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor in 2011.

Bill Self told the Kansas City Star, ““I don’t anticipate this being cleared up in the near future.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Cheick Diallo still not cleared to play at Kansas

  1. Mark
    10:20 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    If he did pick Kentucky, it would be much bigger news. Guys like Goodman and Forde would be all over it.

  2. android guy
    10:27 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    BTW, not to sound like a troll, but what is Skal’s status?

    • J-Dub421
      10:43 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

      Labissiere will be a freshman — eligible immediately, despite questions to the contrary, Calipari said Saturday — and is’s projected No. 1 pick for 2016.

      That is a sentence I stole from an article by Kyle Tucker at the CJ from August 1st, so it’s pretty recent.

  3. Danny
    10:50 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    Always trust Calipari when it comes to recruits.

  4. deWildcat
    10:56 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    In Sandy Bell we trust!!!

  5. Manuel Gonzalez
    11:35 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    Headline on KSR (Kansas Sports Radio) is

    “Skal has not been cleared to play at Kentucky”

    • UKBigDaddy4
      12:07 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

      The glaring difference between Diallo and Skal is their respective coaches’ responses. Cal clearly indicates that UK anticipates no issues with Skal’s eligibility, while Self seems to think it will have at least some sort of impact on this season.

    • UKBigDaddy4
      12:10 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^’it’ being Diallo’s eligibility

  6. Cliff Alexander & Josh Selby
    1:56 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t worry, I’m sure it’ll all be fine and your career won’t suffer at all…