Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo will likely miss first exhibition

Cheick Diallo (USATSI)
Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo has not been cleared by the NCAA yet. (USATSI)

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.

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