Cheick Diallo cleared to play by the NCAA

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Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo will be allowed to play on Tuesday, Dec. 1 when the Jayhawks take on Loyola (Maryland) after the NCAA ruled him eligible.

Diallo, a 5-star recruit, came to the United States from Mali in the middle of his freshman season in 2012, spending the remainder of his high school years at Our Savior New American, a private high school in New York.

Our Savior was under review by the NCAA in 2012

In 2012, the NCAA placed Our Savior under review, which could have nullified Diallo’s core coursework.

The NCAA hadn’t made a decision thus far, so Kansas hired independent groups to review Diallo’s high school courses. When the school shared its investigation results, the NCAA made its decision.

“Our goal is to have eligibility decisions made prior to the start of a student-athlete’s season,” said Oliver Luck, the NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs. “However, this was a complicated case involving international transcripts and a high school that remains under review. Additionally, staff considered a complex set of circumstances regarding amateurism.”

After Kansas’ investigation, it was determined that Diallo received a limited number of benefits. The NCAA felt a five-game suspension was sufficient.

Entering Wednesday night, Kansas is 3-1 on the year with its only loss coming to Michigan State.


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