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Cheick Diallo, a 6-9 Forward from Mali, Commits to KU…

Rustin Dodd | University of Kansas   in  ·
May 7, 2015

The prospective missing piece for Kansas basketball is a teenage big man who smiles big, enjoys American Government class and began playing organized basketball just five years ago.

You might say that Cheick Diallo is still a work in progress. Born and raised in Mali, the French-speaking country in West Africa, Diallo is still mastering the English language. He is still finding his footing in his adopted country. Still growing into his long and muscular 6-foot-9 frame.

Day by day, his teachers and coaches say, Diallo becomes more comfortable in conversations, more likely to engage in the moment and express himself. But there is one place where Diallo, a senior at Our Savior New American High School on Long Island in New York, has never had an issue engaging or expressing. On the basketball court, they say, he is a ball of kinetic energy and emotion, the kind of player that belongs on the block.

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