Kansas Jayhawks
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Cheick Diallo

Position Forward
Height 6'9''
Weight 220 lbs.
Class Freshman
Hometown Kayes, Mali, Africa
High School Our Savior New American HS [N.Y.]

CAREER HONORS
• Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year [2015-16]
• Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List (1 of 14) [2015-16]
• Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award Watch List [2015-16]
• McDonald’s All American Game MVP [2015]
• Jordan Brand Classic MVP [2015]

OVERVIEW
• Selected No. 33 in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, and was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans later that night.
• Declared his intentions to leave Kansas after one season and enter the NBA Draft on May 16, 2016 after an impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

2015-16 (FRESHMAN)
• Averaged 3.0 points 2.5 rebounds while shooting 56.9 percent from the field in his lone collegiate season.
• Tied for third-most blocked shots on the team with 23 in 27 games played.
• Notched a pair of double-figure scoring efforts, five double-figure rebounding efforts, and had four games with multiple blocked shots.
• Pulled down five or more rebounds in five games, including six against Texas Tech (Feb. 27) and four against Austin Peay (March 17) in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
• Had multiple blocked shots in four games.
• Pulled down five rebounds and blocked three shots in seven minutes against Oklahoma State (Feb. 15).
• Recorded season highs in minutes played (21), blocked shots (five), and rebounds (nine) against TCU (Jan. 16)… added nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in the win over the Horned Frogs.
• Made his collegiate debut against Loyola-Maryland (Dec. 1), pouring in a season-high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six rebounds in just 16 minutes… His debut was highlighted by a tomahawk dunk in transition.
• Missed the first five games of the season before being cleared by the NCAA.

HIGH SCHOOL
• Played at Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York, located on Long Island.
• A five-star player ranked No. 7 on the ESPN100.
• Signed with Kansas on April 28, 2015 over offers from Kentucky and St. John’s.
• Named MVP of the 2015 McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds.
• Named MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic in New York, scoring 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes.
• First Team Parade All-American and USA Today All-USA Second Team.
• A two-time New York Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
• As a senior in 2014-15, averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game… Led the Pioneers to a 22-12 record.
• As a junior in 2013-14, led the Pioneers to a 28-3 record and a No. 9 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 in 2013-14, averaging 18.5 points, 11 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game… Led Our Savior New American to the high school division title at the National Prep Championships and was named MVP of the National Association of Christian Athletes championship.

PERSONAL
• Born on Sept. 13, 1996 in Kayes, Mali.
• Parents are Mamadou and Ramata Diallo… Is the youngest of five boys – Barou, Demba, Simbal, and Micailou… Listed Tidiane Drame as his legal guardian in the United States during his time at KU.
• Voyaged to the United States in 2012 as a 15-year-old to play at Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York.
• Started playing basketball when he was only 13 years old.