Diarra can play immediately

Updated: January 12, 2004, 4:31 PM ET
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State forward Dramane Diarra was declared eligible after being suspended since November while the NCAA investigated his participation on teams in France.

Diarra, a junior college transfer from Cloud County Community College, had practiced with Kansas State but had not played in the Wildcats' first 11 games. He is eligible to play immediately, coach Jim Wooldridge said Monday.

The NCAA declared the French player ineligible Nov. 21 because he had played for a team in France that considers itself professional. Athletic director Tim Weiser said Diarra received only expense money.

Diarra averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds for Cloud County and had been expected to play a significant role at Kansas State this season.

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