Friday, April 25, 2008

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook


KU on Cheek's list

Tyshawn Taylor, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., today completes his campus visit to Kansas University. The Jayhawks also are recruiting his backcourt partner, 6-5 junior Dominic Cheek.

Cheek tells he's considering KU, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee. He's the No. 12-ranked prospect in the Class of 2009.

Taylor is ranked No. 77 in Rivals' final rankings. KU signee Marcus Morris is ranked No. 29, Markieff Morris 50, Travis Releford 70 and Quintrell Thomas 150.

Big men update

KU apparently is out of the running for Ater Majok, a 6-10 forward (in the Class of 2008) from Sudan, who is on UConn's campus for an unofficial visit. Majok told he is considering UConn, UCLA, Baylor and Kentucky. Stephan Van Treese, a 6-9, 225-pound junior from Indianapolis, tells Rivals he has a final six of KU, Indiana, Louisville, UCLA, Ohio State and Florida. Van Treese, the No. 52-rated player in the Class of '09, will compete at the ninth-annual Jayhawk Invitational, which starts May 2 at Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center.

Driver to honor champs

NASCAR's Scott Lagasse Jr., will race with the Jayhawk logo on his truck in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 race, set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Lagasse's truck will feature the KU national championship logo on both sides and most prominently on the bed of the No. 20 Nicholson Group Ford F-150. Additionally, "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" will appear on both sides of the logo on the bed and on the tailgate of the truck.

Draftexpress speaks

KU junior Mario Chalmers is listed as the No. 5 pick in the second round (Portland) of the 2008 NBA Draft, according to the latest projections of Darrell Arthur is listed as the No. 22 pick of the first round (Orlando) and Brandon Rush the No. 25 pick of the first round (San Antonio).


jayhawkinATL 13 years, 4 months ago

I agree, TheTruth08...we need to make sure we can recruit in the next couple of classes, especially Xavier Henry.Well, according to, it looks like we'll have D.A. and Chalmers back next season. So, nothing to worry about.

jayhawkinATL 13 years, 4 months ago

Been wondering that myself, Timmay97. Haven't heard anything on Bo Bo...hoping he's just sitting back until June 16th to see whether or not D.A. withdraws.

didjabuti 13 years, 4 months ago

I think you're right TheTruth08. Before Arthur got hurt last summer he was drawing a lot of praise from Coach Wright on the Under 19 National Team. Seems like he works out well. Plus he can showcase his skills a little more than he was able to do this year.

TheTruth08 13 years, 4 months ago

Honestly, I don't think I'd offer any more scholarships this year. I'd wait for next season and gave them for 2009's class. The Jayhawks will be fine this season.

TheTruth08 13 years, 4 months ago

After workouts Darrell will soar up the charts. Mario has a chance to do the same.

Timmay97 13 years, 4 months ago

We need to save two for Xavier Henry and one for John Wall. Chalmers is gone after next year regardless, and depending on Sherron's year, he might be too. We will NEED the #1 point guard in the country on our team. We have a shot at him, so let's get him. And what's the news on J'Mison Morgan......did he get out of his commitment to LSU, or what? One more big man wouldn't hurt.

DCJayhawk0208 13 years, 4 months ago

Someone posted yesterday on he message board that Bobo decided to stick with LSU.Timmay97: Don't forget CJ Henry!

Jonathan Andrews 13 years, 4 months ago

Noooooooooo! Ateeeeeeeeeeeeer!In my heart, he's probably suited best for Calhoun's style. He will be able to shoot it as much as he wants, similar to Villanueva there.

63Jayhawk 13 years, 4 months ago

The Jayhawks will go from 12 BB scholarships for 2008-2009 to 13 for the 2009-2010 season.

Craig Lang 13 years, 4 months ago

<p> has Mario as the 27th pick overall (first round) and has DA and Rush much higher than draftexpress. It also has Sasha and DJ picked to go late 2nd round. Draftexpress does not even have the seniors on its list. I guess I'm biased, but I like the projections better.

yates33333 13 years, 4 months ago

San Antonio ought to be salivating if this is correct. Rush will fit in nicely there. Of course, I can think of about 10 teams for whom he would be useful. Sorry, but I don't believe Arthur will go as high as some suggest. I hope they all are in the top ten, but what a dream. I thought Sasha was going to play in Europe.

justanotherfan 13 years, 4 months ago

If Mario does actually leave, along with Rush and Arthur, that will give us an extra scholarship even if we do sign Taylor or someone else. Right now, we have lost five scholarship seniors plus one underclassman (Rush).We signed four freshmen and two jucos. That means right now we are even as far as players lost and gained. If either Mario or Darrell goes, we would be minus one going into next year. Since it is unlikely that both will be back, we need one more guy this year. If both leave, we will have one extra scholarship that we won't use this year. Now, if Mario does leave, we won't have any scholarship seniors next year on the roster (we will have his unused scholarship, or possibly a one year award to one of the invited walk-ons), but we could have a defection to the NBA early from Sherron Collins if he has a strong season. Plus, we would gain back the scholarship that we lost from having a low APR. So we have at least two scholarships guaranteed to open up after next season whether Mario stays or goes. If CJ Henry decides to come to KU, we won't have to burn a scholarship on him, because the Yankees organization is obligated to pay for his college tuition. He would basically be a highly skilled walk-on.This is where it gets tricky. We want one scholie to go to Xavier Henry. We will also need a point guard. We probably want a big guy as well. Obviously three wants doesn't work well with only two scholies. We have interest from two other big time wing players besides X. Henry (Lance Stephenson from NY and Ty Taylor's backcourt mate Dominic Cheek). We have a couple of point guards interested. Our roster would seem to dictate that we go small rather than big, because next years lineup is:Perimeter - Collins (Jr), Little (Jr), Appleton (Jr), Releford (Fr), Reed (So), Morningstar (So) Taylor? (Fr) Chalmers? (Sr).Post - Aldrich (So), Mark. Morris (Fr), Marc. Morris (Fr), Thomas (Fr). We don't have much youth on the perimeter. Two years from now we will only have Releford, Reed, Morningstar and Taylor (if he signs) on the outside, with everyone potentially back on the inside (as juniors and seniors).

jayhawkinATL 13 years, 4 months ago

Thanks, brooksmd.That's too bad...for him.

KU 13 years, 4 months ago

Any word about whether Tyshawn Taylor enjoyed his visit to Lawrence?

Jonathan Allison 13 years, 4 months ago

I agree KU, recruits always enjoy their visit to Lawrence. Unless they are Jaron Rush...

jaybate 13 years, 4 months ago

The depressing thing about Beasley is that by going numero uno in the draft, he becomes proof that the fast track to the L for bigs is scoring 25 ppg at a 3rd place team in a good conference.Morgan going to LSU is the exact same deal, as Beasley going to KSU, except that it hasn't been so long ago that LSU was good. Get a coach who will guarranty you 15-20 shots a game and just enough talent around you, so you win in the high teens, or low 20s; then let the broadcast whores puff you up.Kevin Love is proof why you do it the Beasley/Morgan route. Love had a great season, but he did not have the stellar numbers that turn NBA GMs into bed wetters.This will make it tough to land the top bigs at the top programs and, if it keeps up long, it will lead top programs to begin hiring coaches who guarranty the 20 shots a game needed to be a top five pick.

actorman 13 years, 4 months ago

Wow, three of the top 10. Way to go, original Big 8 teams!And you guys said Mizzou wasn't number 1 in anything...

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