Iowa State prep target Cheick Diallo, ranked 4th overall in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports, has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks, according to his high school coach and ESPN's Paul Biancardi.
Diallo, whose announcement was expected to come at least by tomorrow, selected Kansas over Kentucky, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and hometown St. John's.
Diallo went on to tell Biancardi, "I can earn playing time right away. I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development. I need to work on a lot of things and feel coach [Bill] Self can help my game. On my visit, the campus was great and the people were nice. I could see myself there."
His commitment comes on the heels of an in-home visit from UK's John Calipari on Apr. 19, where it would appear somewhat evident the head coach could not swing him toward Big Blue Nation.
Kansas has, however, been the "crystal ball favorite" for Diallo since the middle of last summer. With big men Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander forgoing their sophomore seasons and declaring for the NBA Draft, the decision appeared to be an easy one.
Many believed the departures of Kentucky assistant Barry Rohrssen and Iowa State's own Matt Abdelmassih last month — to share the bench with Chris Mullin at St. John's — were the end-all coaching transactions that would eventually sway Diallo toward the Red Storm.
As it turns out, all it meant was Billy Eugene Self Jr., a closer if there ever was one, has struck again in the eleventh hour.
Does it continue to raise questions about Fred Hoiberg's ability to land the "big recruit?" Perhaps. Is convincing kids to play basketball in Ames, Iowa, still hard? Well sure.
But you can count on two things:
1. Iowa State was primed for a Big 12 and NCAA Championship run with or without the services of Cheick Diallo, and
2. It just makes the impending rendezvous in Ames that much tastier.
We'll be sure to let you know when that one hits the docket.