Heralded freshman Cheick Diallo finally made his debut for Kansas on Tuesday night, and overall it was a success.
The freshman had 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes during Kansas’ 94-61 win over Loyola (Maryland). He did end up with four fouls — something to watch for the future. The points all came after the game was well out of hand as well. But overall it was a pretty solid outing for a debut as a freshman, and he even put on a bit of a show for the fans in the process, especially in transition, which is where he should be expected to make the biggest impact.
In the first half, he had a beautiful chase down block which he swatted out of bounds.
Then in the second half, Diallo wowed with a nice Karl Malone dunk in transition with his hand behind his head for some style.
However, don’t expect Diallo to do something like that again.
Bill Self described Cheick Diallo’s hand-behind-the-head dunk as “cute”. He enjoyed it, then told Cheick: We don’t do that.
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) December 2, 2015
Diallo’s progress this season is going to be one of the most interesting storylines in college basketball this season, as he elevates Kansas into the upper echelon nationally. If he can become the player he’s capable of, the Jayhawks could cut down the nets in April.