The native of Mali, Africa, would like to be eligible for the team's exhibition tour to Italy later this summer.
The arrival of freshman forward Ibrahima Djimde on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday is a step in the right direction if the Illini want him eligible for the fall semester and an exhibition basketball tour to Italy later this summer. Djimde, who signed with the Illini in May, hadn't enrolled in classes Tuesday, but his late appearance here during the summer semester was seen as a positive sign for his eligibility and had the basketball staff "feeling good'' about Djimde's status, according to team spokesman Derrick Burson. A freshman must complete three hours of course work during the summer semester to become eligible for the exhibition tour, Burson said. Djimde is a 6-foot-8, 245-pounder from Mali who played two seasons of prep school basketball. Six other newcomers were already on campus: freshmen Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, Devin Langford, Mike Shaw and Tracy Abrams plus senior transfer Sam Maniscalco.