Djimde admission ‘still a work in progress’
Six Illinois basketball newcomers were listed on the university directory on Monday, the first day of summer classes at Illinois: freshmen Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, Devin Langford, Mike Shaw and senior transfer Sam Maniscalco.
That leaves one missing from Illini coach Bruce Weber’s Class of 2011 recruiting haul.
Spring signee Ibrahima Djimde still has not received clearance from the NCAA or the university to enroll for summer courses. It’s not an academic issue that’s keeping Djimde, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Africa, away. Rather the NCAA and UI must verify his foreign transcripts, a complicated procedure.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Weber said. “I said since probably after we signed him that it was probably going to be a bit more complicated than I anticipated. He’s probably close to getting all the stuff to the NCAA where you can have some kind of the decision by them and then also we’re kind of getting everything together at the University to see if he can get admission here.”
Weber said “there’s no doubt” Djimde will enroll in the fall, but the Illinois coach hopes the process can come to a close quickly so Djimde can enroll in shortened summer courses or online classes. If he does not complete three hours of courses this summer, he will not be eligible to participate or play in the Illini’s tour of Italy in August and likely would fall behind teammates in the competition for playing time.
“If we can work it out in the next week or 10 days, it would be great to have him,” Weber said. “We’re hoping.”