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Saturday, May 6, 2006

Top prep Arthur to announce Monday

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Darrell Arthur, Kansas University's top basketball recruiting target, will end the suspense Monday with a noon press conference, according to dallaspreps.com.

Arthur, a 6-foot-9 forward from South Oak Cliff High in Dallas, has kept recruiting analysts guessing throughout his long recruitment. Recent developments indicate KU could be emerging as the favorite, although this has been a difficult recruitment to read.

KU's chances of landing Arthur appeared to take a downturn when LSU freshman Tyrus Thomas declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, opening a spot in the Tigers' starting lineup alongside Glen "Big Baby" Davis.

Arthur visited LSU last weekend with fellow McDonald's All-American and close friend Scottie Reynolds, who was released from his commitment to Oklahoma after coach Kelvin Sampson left to replace Mike Davis at Indiana.

Since the visit, Reynolds, a point guard, has been outspoken about how much he enjoyed it and said that, though he would like to play with Arthur, the two were going to make independent decisions.

Meanwhile, LSU coaches reportedly had not been able to reach Arthur since the visit, not an encouraging sign for the school that reached the Final Four and lost to UCLA.

Arthur also has listed Baylor and Texas as among his favorites, and his mother is believed to favor KU, where Arthur's cousin Dexton Fields will compete for a starting job at wide receiver for Mark Mangino's team. Arizona attempted to get involved late, but Arthur never visited the school.

In the final three games of a high school career during which he gained a reputation for taking over games late, Arthur averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds and led his school to a second consecutive state title.

An explosive leaper who runs the floor swiftly, Arthur would fit well with fellow McDonald's All-American Sherron Collins and returning KU players Russell Robinson, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, all of whom prefer to play an up-tempo style of basketball.

Comments

kuhawksr1 8 years, 2 months ago

Come on up to Lawrence, Darrell. Your experience walking onto the floor in Allen with the support of 16K+ behind you will be awesome. From the sounds of it, PT will not be a problem. As one of those fans, I'm anxious to watch you compete as a Jayhawk!

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zepa999 8 years, 2 months ago

To our future Jayhawk,

Darrell, you can play for the best or choose a Texas team. Your choice. It will be a monumental decision. Playing with other talented players means you will have to earn your way for playing minutes. Can you step up to the challenge?

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Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 2 months ago

This kid needs to look at the talent levels, tradition, and playing time options at all schools. The talent is there, the pt is there, but the tradition is nowhere but Kansas. Who wouldn't want to be the "big man on campus" at a NATIONAL POWER like Kansas! Sounds like an easy decision to me!

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malkerz 8 years, 2 months ago

If you do decide to wear our crimson and blue, remember to never succumb to the "downs syndrome" ;)

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JBurtin 8 years, 2 months ago

LMAO, the "downs syndrome" comment is an instant classic, Micah even had the enlarged head of a typical down syndrome sufferer...perfect.

As for Arthur, I am a bit afraid of the same thing happening. He may find that he has some trouble earning a starting role at KU. Not that he is not talented, but there is more to be considered than just talent. He won't know the system as well as our upperclassmen. If he's smart, he'll realize that if he can't crack the KU starting five, he certainly can't crack an NBA starting five yet. That's the point in coming here, you have to outperform the best to be the best yourself.

So if he comes here, he's not going to start right away and he'll EITHER, realize that he's got some work to do, OR he'll get big-headed like Micah Downs and leave. If he doesn't come here out of his finalists, I would assume that he is already big-headed and didn't want to have to overcome adversity.

Arthur, come to KU, you won't start right away, but by year's end, you can be pulling some serious minutes, most likely as a backup to Julian Wright. In the end, a career at KU is going to equal alot more money for you in the NBA than a quick one and done at a lesser program. It's all about investment and return, patience is the key to making an investment bare fruit. Come here and start a serious investment in your future. Don't fall for the get-rich-quick schemes being sold by lesser programs.

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Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 2 months ago

Marvin williams didnt start for unc right away, and he was in the pros after one season...........not too bad huh?

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DirtyBird 8 years, 2 months ago

i normally dont make fun of the mentally retarded but every single one of those players except for micah downs(WAY TO SPELL HIS NAME AS WRONG AS POSSIBLE) was coached by roy williams...the university doesnt coach, the coach does. and micah left because practices were too hard, he was homesick, missed his girlfriend, and was a baby. he was getting like fourteen mintues a game as a freshman...what else did he want. as for you phog i love your comments, it keeps everyone happy to see how stupid one man can truly be. have fun with the uab coach or whoever he is. haha if hes the coach with the "40 minutes in hell" it will be like the "40 minutes in hell" in the tournament a couple years ago. -feathas

oh ya, sorry gardener (your only player that can walk and dribble at the same time) declared for the draft

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rockchalkryan 8 years, 2 months ago

I just talked to Russell Robinson today and he said that Arthur signed with LSU. Bad decision Arthur

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ku_bringback_danny 8 years, 2 months ago

Hay Phog I mean bitter Ricky Clemons. What ever Arthur chooses Kansas will still Whoop up on Mizzou!!!

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Decade_of_Dominance 8 years, 2 months ago

Typical Tiger...You're team is so pathetic you have to follow our recruiting trail....It's just like during the season when you ask a Mizzou fan the score of their game. They won't know it, but you can bet they'll know whether we won or not....I love it...They're so weak. Sure hope Darrell comes, but if he chooses to go elsewhere, we shift our full attention to James...Go Hawks!

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brooksmd 8 years, 2 months ago

A survey from a lsu sports website. Arthur are you paying attention?

Which is your favorite LSU venue to watch sporting events?

Alex Box Stadium 6.7% (baseball) Maravich Center 3.6% (basketball) Tiger Park 1.7% Tiger Stadium 87.0% (football) Other 1.0%

As I've said in other posts, in the SEC if it ain't football it ain't s*&%$!!! I know, I live down here.

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justdoit23 8 years, 2 months ago

Mizzou and Mizzou fans have no respect and so embarrassed now...so even mizzou fans are picking the "Username" that has to something to do with KU... perfect example! = "phog" lol what an idiot!!

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cobweb 8 years, 2 months ago

Darrell, Have you seen the girls at KU versus Baylor and LSU? No contest! Ask Larry Eustacy.

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Decade_of_Dominance 8 years, 2 months ago

Mizzou History-

0 National Titles

0 Title Game Appearances

0 Final Four's

0 Hope Of It Ever Changing

It Must Be Great To Be A Tiger.....Grrrrrrr....What A Joke..

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justdoit23 8 years, 2 months ago

You know what's funny!!! mizzou fans lost all the interest in their college sprorts that now they have to come and visit kusports websites to feel how it feels like to be a respected fans.

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justdoit23 8 years, 2 months ago

Mizzou basketball stories are so "ugly" for last three yrs that it would make a TRAIN take a dirt road!!

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cobweb 8 years, 2 months ago

A Jayhawk player must have slept with phog's girlfriend.

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