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.

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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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