After freshman forward Cheick Diallo made the first start of his college career, Kansas coach Bill Self offered a tepid endorsement.
“I didn’t really think anybody had a chance to look that well tonight,” Self said, following Tuesday’s 86-67 loss at Oklahoma State. “But he was fine. That position has been pretty inconsistent for us. I thought he did some good things.”
Diallo finished with four points and two rebounds in 13 minutes. He exited the game early in the second half after having trouble with one of Kansas’ standard offensive plays. HIs first start came just three days after he finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks while playing a career-high 21 minutes against TCU.
“He was so nervous,” Self said. “And a lot of things, he’s got to do to fit in better, but no, I think he did fine.”
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