Monday, November 6, 2006

Signing period looms for hoops recruits


Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound high school senior center from Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High, will sign a national basketball letter-of-intent with Kansas University on Wednesday.

There's a chance one other blue-chipper will do the same on the first day of the weeklong signing period.

James Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward from Junction City (Ark.) High., has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday at his high school.

Anderson will announce for either Kansas or Oklahoma State at the press session, which will be broadcast live on and on Oklahoma radio stations 1020 AM, 1580 AM and 105.1 FM.

"I think it's as close to 50-50 as I can imagine," said Swaim, a recruiting analyst/radio host based in Oklahoma. "Obviously, Kansas tradition is such a draw that you never want to diminish the chances of a kid going to Kansas and playing in Allen Fieldhouse. But Oklahoma State ... on their side, they've been recruiting him longer. Their tradition has been good the last 15 years, too. I don't think the kid can go wrong whichever school he picks. I'm just glad I get to watch him the next four years. He's a great player and great kid."'s No. 34-rated player has visited Florida and Arkansas as well as his finalists. He also considered Kentucky but never made a trip to Lexington.

"James took a visit to Kansas by himself, and his mother went with him to Oklahoma State. There is nothing to read into that," Junction City coach Joe Hammett told "This is a decision James is going to make. It's been quite a process for James, but he is ready to make his announcement. He wants to focus on his senior season."


Rose to Memphis: Chicago Simeon High guard Derrick Rose orally committed to Memphis on Saturday at a ceremony attended by 140 guests and six TV stations at the Martinique Banquet Hall in Chicago.

The 6-4 Rose, who at one time had KU on his list of schools, chose John Calipari's Tigers over Illinois and Indiana.

"After all my visits, me and my family sat down," Rose said at his news conference. "They asked me what school I wanted to go to, and after I told them, I was looking sad - I was like, man, this is a life-changing decision. And if I messed it up, it could be my career. I prayed, I asked God to help me, because I was so scared. The next morning, my fear was gone."

A recent trip to Illinois nearly swayed Rose. Fans chanted his name at a U of I scrimmage.

"The recruiting changed. It went from 'Derrick, you're a regular recruit' to 'Derrick, you're a program-changing recruit,'" Rose's brother and AAU coach, Reggie Rose, told the Chicago Tribune. "If you (Illinois) would've had that setup from the get-go, things could've been different. The atmosphere last weekend ... it was like he was a rock star. Every other recruiting visit we went to, Derrick was a rock star. But the first visit we went to Illinois, it was just, 'Hey, Derrick, how you doing?'"

Memphis "told me if I came I'd be able to start at point guard and I'll be able to play my game," Derrick Rose told the Tribune.


KU vs. Hornets on tap: KU will meet Emporia State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse, in the Jayhawks' final exhibition game of the preseason. Emporia State fell to Wichita State, 87-62, last Wednesday. KU thumped Washburn, 99-69, on Thursday.


palewhale 13 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else glad Rose didn't choose KU. Are do you think KU went cold on him?

Joel Hood 13 years, 2 months ago

"...Memphis "told me if I came I'd be able to start at point guard and I'll be able to play my game," Derrick Rose told told the Tribune..."

No loss for KU here and once again, Calapari proving he's still a class act...

Robin Smith 13 years, 2 months ago

I wouldn't say I am glad that a top recruit chose another school but it seems to me that KU may not have been recruiting him very hard or at all. Especially considering with the guards that KU already has Rose could have been a bench-warmer for a season or two. KU can wait to bring in future guards

It's possible the interest could have been Rose interested in KU and not vice versa, because who wouldn't be interested in KU. I wonder if Self even ever had to speak to Aldrich to influence his decision.

kujeeper 13 years, 2 months ago

Good for Memphis, if they want to feed his ego (which is huge thanks to his brother) and pay off his brother, I am sure they are, go for it. We don't need egos like that at KU nor would Bill Self put up with that.

rockbrooklynchalk 13 years, 2 months ago

KU does not need Derrick Rose and Rose does not need KU. Frankly, let's move on and get excited about signing James Anderson.

JayCeph 13 years, 2 months ago

This may be a good development for KU but try not to make it sound like 'sour grapes' when describing your relief that he (Rose) isn't coming to play 'his game' at Mt. Oread.

I persponally don't know a thing about this kid but he sounds disruptive. I'm not shedding any tears...

mom_of_three 13 years, 2 months ago

There is still the typo from where Coach Joe Hammett is from. There is a big difference from Junction CIty, Arkansas and Arkansas City

kcmostwanted 13 years, 2 months ago

If we didn't have so much dept at the gaurd spot then Rose would definately be a steal...and if you've ever seen his game it'll remind you of D-wade...

Actually he's not disruptive but a very quiet kid (unlike OJ mayo) with a great BBall IQ....The only problem is that he won't stay in College for more than a year because of his potential (remember if the new rule wasn't in play for the NBA he'd be in the 07 NBA Draft), and if he came to KU then his one and done plan wouldn't work out because it would be hard to steal playing time from our other 3 gaurds (Robinson, Chalmers & Collins)...

That being said, choosing Memphis was a great decision .......& Self will have to work hard at recruiting the local kid Travis Releford for 08 so that Roy doesn't take him...

CasperCorps 13 years, 2 months ago

What a great time of year... KU basketball,football and the Chiefs.... Throw in Thanksgiving and Christmas and it can't get any better.... Well.... maybe a cheerleader or two would make it better but not much after that...

Alec White 13 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure that KU was working hard to get Derrick Rose, he was the number three rated player in the nation. Also, if you remember he put up a triple double while O.J. Mayo was guarding him (24 points, 14 boards, 12 assists) in a AAU tourney this summer. Too bad we couldn't lure him here but I agree that we have plenty of talented guards that will produce just fine.

kcmostwanted 13 years, 2 months ago question i do have come everytime I hear about Cole he keeps on getting shorter and shorter??.. first he started off at 7 foot..and then 6' 11 and now he's only 6' 10.....I thought there was an article a long time ago that said he was still growing taller.... Sorry I just get kinda annoyed

jaybate 13 years, 2 months ago

You have to land at least one probable NBA starter every other year (and preferably two), plus a steady flow of NBA fringe players to get to the Final Four and be a real threat to get a ring on a consistent basis. Self got Rush last year. He needed to land another francise player for next year. He didn't get it done. KU will keep winning alot of games, because of our depth. But its going to bring us down a notch not having that big gun no one can really contend with.

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