Dramane Diarra will be sidelined indefinitely and Cartier Martin will miss two more games after missing last night's 70-50 win over Birmingham Southern, after each player's eligibility was called into question.
Diarra,a 6-foot-8 forward from Paris, France, reportedly played in professional leagues in France from 1999-2001 before he came to the United States in August 2001. He played two seasons at Cloud County Community College, where he averaged nearly 16 points per game, before transferring to K-State.
"The NCAA determined through information provided by the French team that it declared itself as professional even though the French basketball federation did not," Athletics Director Tim Weiser explained. "THe NCAA's determination of Dramane as a professional makes him ineligible."
K-State is appealing the decision to the NCAA's COmmittee on Reinstatement, and Diarra will continue to practice with K-State. Diarra did not play in Kansas State's two exhibition games.
Cartier Martin, a 6-8 freshman from Houston, did play, however, leading the Cats with 15.5 points in the two games, including a running game-winner against Global Sports. The Parade All-American sat on the bench in street clothes last night in K-State's win over Birmingham Southern after the NCAA took action following revelations of Martin as a prep player.
According to Weiser, K-State reviewed Martin's prep career and turned over its findings to the NCAA. He stressed this did not have anything to do with Martin's recruitment, and that his amateurism was simply called into question. A three-game suspension ensued, and Martin will miss K-State's next two games against Lipscomb and Gardner-Webb, but should be eligible for K-State's first real test, a Dec. 3 game against Wyoming.
"When we learned of this we took it upon ourselves to investigate the issues as required of an NCAA member institution," Weiser said. "The NCAA has informed us that this three-game suspension is consistent with penalties presecribed for cases of this nature, which has resulted with Cartier being required to sit out 10 percent of the regular-season contests."
Rumors have swirled in the last 24 hours since the announcement of Martin's inelibility that it was Oklahoma State who notified the NCAA. The Cowboys also recruited Martin heavily, and along with Kansas State, Kentucky and Texas, were finalists for his services. Weiser, however maintained that K-State uncovered the violations and took them to the NCAA.
"These situations are very complicated and time-consuming," Weiser said. "I wish this matter could have been resolved sooner, but we will continue to exhaust every option in gaining a favorable verdict."
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