Cheick Diallo is free.
Yes, you read that right. The 6-9 freshman debuts in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night. His new home. My heart is happy (I’m taking full credit for his freedom thanks to my plea to the NCAA).
Here’s a look at what the Kansas men’s basketball team missed out on in the first few games this season with Diallo in NCAA-limbo (Good news, the season is still young!):
With Diallo, Kansas coach, Bill Self, finally has the missing piece to his team — especially depth-wise off the bench. The No. 6 recruit in the nation joins freshman Carlton Bragg, Jr. in the two-man recruiting class. As I’ve said in previous posts, I was never worried about the depth of this Kansas squad, I was just tired of the NCAA holding one of Kansas’ recruits hostage for what I believed to be unjust reasons. Diallo just adds to the multiple combinations the team already had. He’s Kansas’ special weapon, and he fills the hole that big-man Cliff Alexander left behind (minus the bulk).
After Diallo committed to Kansas, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello tweeted this about the recruit:
Cheick Diallo’s motor is his biggest attribute. Rim-running ability will shine with Kansas’ pace. Dominant rebounder. Always productive.
The freshman won the MVP award at the McDonald’s All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Diallo is the kind of player that Kansas needs — a guy who can grab rebounds. He’ll add speed as well as impact on the defensive end. He’ll most likely put up points from putbacks and similar plays.
The Kansas Jayhawks (4-1) face the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (1-5) Tuesday December 1 at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast at 7pm on ESPN3. Follow @heatherahh19 for another live-tweet of the game.
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