Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, has committed to play basketball at Kansas University.
Diallo, who is ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals.com, made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m Kansas Jayhawks bound,” Diallo tweeted. “Thank you all for the support.”
Diallo, a native of Mali, averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game this past season for the 22-12 Pioneers. He chose KU over Kentucky, St. John’s, Iowa State and Pitt.
"I felt like Kansas was the best place for me," Diallo told ESPN.com’s Paul 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."
He was MVP of the recent McDonald’s All-America game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. He also was named Gatorade Player of the Year in New York.
In recent measurements at the Nike Hoop Summit, Diallo measured 6-foot-9 in shoes and 220 pounds. He has a 7-4 wingspan and 9-1 standing reach.