Diarra may test waters of the pros

Kansas State star Cartier Diarra is mulling over returning for his senior season in Manhattan, or trying his luck in professional basketball.



March 24, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Kansas State's Cartier Diarra (2) tries to get his hands on a rebound as he battles with Kansas' Mitch Lightfoot as teammate Xavier Sneed (20) reacts at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Photo by Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS)

MANHATTAN, Kan. — It is too early to tell if Cartier Diarra will return to Kansas State for his final season of college basketball, but one thing appears certain about his future: He will declare for the NBA Draft as an early entrant and test the pro waters this spring.

“Yeah, I would anticipate that,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a phone interview. “I think, like Xavier (Sneed) did, he will put his name in. You have got to go through the process. I talked to him the other day. Like a lot of kids, that is something he definitely wants to look at.”

Diarra is expected to audition for a pro career over the next few months after averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds as a junior this past season.

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