NCAA clears KU freshman Cheick Diallo to play on December 1

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INDIANAPOLIS — Kansas basketball forward Cheick Diallo will make his debut for the Jayhawks on December 1 against Loyola, Md., in Allen Fieldhouse. The highly-touted freshman received his clearance from the NCAA on Wednesday following a lengthy amateurism review.

The NCAA says that Kansas’ athletic department provided new material, including an independent review of Diallo’s coursework on November 20. Based on the review, and what the eligibility center had already looked into, the NCAA granted his initial waiver. Oliver Luck, the NCAA’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs, said it had hoped to resolve Diallo’s case before the season began, but circumstances made it difficult.

“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,” Luck stated in a news release.

The NCAA did determine that Diallo received a limited amount of benefits, which ultimately will preclude him from playing in a total of five games, including the championship game of the Maui Invitational against Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.

KU sharply criticized the NCAA’s handling of the case in a lengthy letter sent on November 10. On Wednesday, athletic director Sheahon Zenger praised the final decision.

“I really want to thank the NCAA staff for guiding this process to a fair conclusion in what was a very complicated situation,” he stated in a news release.

Diallo took to Twitter to express his happiness.

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