LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is still awaiting the NCAA's ruling on five-star prospect Cheick Diallo, who has been cleared to practice with the fourth-ranked Jayhawks but cannot participate in games.

Diallo's guardian, Tidian Drame, hired representation earlier this week in the event a legal battle ensues with the NCAA, according to multiple reports. The NCAA has been looking into Drame's relationship with Diallo, a native of Mali who attended high school in New York.

When asked about the potential for a lawsuit, Jayhawks coach Bill Self told reporters after Tuesday night's exhibition finale that "this is going a big step further."

The NCAA has not indicated whether a ruling will be handed down by Friday, when Kansas opens its regular season against Northern Colorado.