Incoming freshman Ibrahima Djimde is still waiting to see if he will be a student at the University of Illinois come this fall.
Djimde, who signed with the Illini back in May, faces some unique challenges with his enrollment. The 6′-9″ center is a native of Mali, Africa. He has spent the last two years in West Virginia at Huntington Prep School playing basketball.
The challenge for Djimde and head coach Bruce Weber has been getting all of the freshman’s paperwork in order. Djimde’s transcripts from Mali were difficult for Weber’s staff to obtain, and had to be translated from French. However, the paperwork has all been submitted now and everything appears to be in order for the young man many know simply as “Ibby”.
According to Djimde’s prep coach, Rob Fulford, the freshman has passed through the NCAA initial-eligibility process and is just waiting to receive final conformation from Illinois.
While there is little doubt that everything will be worked out by the time fall classes roll around, Weber and his staff are working furiously to try and get Djimde enrolled in summer courses so he can participate in the team’s summer trip to Italy.