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Recruit Djimde still waiting on Illinois

Illinois Class of 2011 recruit Ibrahima Djimde was still awaiting word from the Illini’s admissions office whether he’ll be cleared to attend the school as of Wednesday.

Djimde, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound center, was a late pickup for the Illini. He committed and signed in early May. He is originally from Mali and attended two schools within a two-year period after moving to the United States. He played at Huntington Prep in West Virginia this past season.

“It’s a lot of different things with him just because of him coming in from out of the country -- different schools, transcripts coming in different languages, the [NCAA] clearinghouse,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. “We’re hoping we can get him in and get him cleared. Until it can happen, we can’t anticipate anything. It was a late signing. We took a little bit of a gamble. He’s a great kid. We think he can be successful.”

Djimde has been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse, according to Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, who said it was now up to Illinois admissions whether to admit him. He expects an answer on June 23.

“His reading comprehension score is low on the SAT, which is expected since he’s only been learning English for a year,” Fulford said. “His test score is high enough based on his overall core GPA. Illinois admissions has to enroll him on his test score.”

Weber was optimistic that would happen.

“It looks like he’s going to be OK,” Weber said.

Djimde chose the Illini over Old Dominion. He averaged 10 points and eight rebounds last season.