Five-Star forward Cheick Diallo commits to Kansas

Updated: April 28, 2015
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The Kansas Jayhawks have landed one of the few top recruits remaining in the Class of 2015, in 6-foot-9 forward Cheick Diallo, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN.

Diallo is originally from Bamako, Mali, and came to the U.S. in 2011 to attend Our Savior New American School in New York with the ambition of chasing his basketball dreams.

After dominating in both school-ball and AAU, he will now find himself playing for one of the top programs in the country.

“I felt like Kansas was the best place for me,” said Diallo, a 6-foot-9 power forward. “I can earn playing time right away.”

Kansas coach Bill Self has been great at developing big men, as he did with Joel Embiid, who was the third pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, Marcus and Markieff Morris, both of whom are having successful careers with the Phoenix SunsThomas Robinson, who was drafted fifth overall to the Sacramento Kings in 2012, and Cliff Alexander, who’s entering this year’s NBA Draft.

Diallo was the fifth ranked player in the year’s class, according to Rivals, and the seventh ranked player on ESPN’s board.

He is known for his high motor on offense, his ability to run the court and his inside presence on the defensive end. His offensive game isn’t as polished as he’d like it to be, but that should come with experience on the next level.

Diallo chose Kansas over schools like Kentucky, St. John’s and Arizona. He will pair up with Perry Ellis and Carlton Bragg, who’s another five-star, 6-foot-9 forward who committed to Kansas, to form one of the top frontcourts in college basketball next season.


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