Kansas coach Bill Self told CBS Sports on Tuesday morning that unless the NCAA clears Cheick Diallo by Wednesday night the five-star recruit will not play in the Jayhawks’ exhibition game against Pittsburg State at Allen Fieldhouse.
“We’ll hold him out if he isn’t cleared,” Self said.
Diallo is the highest-profile freshman still waiting for academic clearance from the NCAA. The issue, a source has told CBS Sports, stems from his time at Our Savior New American, a private school in New York where Diallo, a native of Mali, spent the past three years before becoming the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game.
There is no timetable for a resolution.
Still, KU officials are optimistic they’ll know something soon.
Kansas is ranked fourth in the preseason AP poll.
The Jayhawks open the regular season against Northern Colorado on Nov. 13.