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Cheick Diallo to declare for NBA draft

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Will Cheick Diallo return to Kansas? (3:02)

Andy Katz examines whether Kansas forward Cheick Diallo returns to the team next season or enters the NBA draft and discusses the players to watch for the Jayhawks. (3:02)

Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo is declaring for the NBA draft, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

He will not hire an agent, meaning Diallo can attend the NBA draft combine and still return to Kansas. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 25.

Diallo was ranked No. 7 in the 2015 class but played just 202 minutes as a freshman, sitting out of five of Kansas' final seven games. Diallo served a five-game suspension at the start of the season for receiving extra benefits and never truly carved out a role for Bill Self's Jayhawks. The 6-foot-9 forward had 13 points and six rebounds in his first game in December, but that was the high point of his season.

A native of Mali, Diallo came to the United States in 2012.