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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Senior Jackson chooses agency

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Kansas University senior basketball power forward Darnell Jackson has chosen Montgomery Sports Group of San Antonio as his representation.

The group, which is headed by Roger Montgomery, also represents pro players Desmond Mason, Maurice Evans and Stephen and Joey Graham, as well as Arkansas senior Sonny Weems.

It was announced last week KU junior Brandon Rush will be represented by Priority Sports and Entertainment of Chicago. To check out Jackson's blog, visit montgomerysportsgroup.com.

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Stephenson coming to town: Add Lance Stephenson, Rivals.com's No. 4-rated player in the Class of 2009, to the list of players attending this weekend's Jayhawk Invitational, Friday through Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center. Stephenson, a 6-5 junior from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play for the Atlanta Celtics.

The Celtics also boast No. 3-ranked Derrick Favors, 6-9, from Atlanta. Stephenson is considering KU, Indiana, Memphis, North Carolina and others. Favors is considering KU, Memphis, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.

KU target Elijah Johnson, 6-2, from Las Vegas, will be playing for L.A. Pump N Run, while Stephan Van Treese, 6-9, from Indianapolis, will be playing for Indiana Elite. A schedule of games will be available later this week at the Web site Jayhawkinvitational.com.

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Majok chooses Connecticut: Ater Majok, a 6-10 center from Sudan, has committed orally to Connecticut. He told Rivals.com he chose the Huskies over Kansas, Kentucky and Baylor.

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Morris twins making strides: KU signees Markieff and Marcus Morris, 6-10 and 6-9, respectively, from Apex Academy in Pennsauken, N.J., made great strides during their one season of prep-school basketball, Apex vice president Rich Marcucci told Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.

"The goal was to get him (Markieff) away from the basket and make him more of a shooting 'four' (power forward)," Marcucci said. "We prohibited him in many games from putting his back to the basket. We forced him to put the ball on the floor.

"Our role with Marcus was to get him on the perimeter and make him a swing player and handle the ball a lot."

Marcucci said the twins currently are awaiting their SAT scores.

"They should be fine. They're very close, (to qualifying academically)," Marcucci told Zagsblog. "As far as conditioning goes, they made tremendous strides (this year)."

Markieff averaged 27.2 points and 12.0 rebounds and Marcus 24.8 points and 8.0 boards this past season. Markieff was named the team's MVP.

KU signee Quintrell Thomas, of St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., averaged 14.7 points.

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Self, Summitt honored: KU men's coach Bill Self and Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt each will receive the 13th Winged Foot Award, presented annually by the New York Athletic Club at its mid-town Manhattan headquarters.

The award goes to coaches of the NCAA men's and women's national champions. The date of the 2008 awards banquet has not been announced yet.

Comments

tis4tim 13 years, 5 months ago

In a report out this morning, (totally off topic) Larry Brown is set to become the Bobcats new head coach.

Jonathan Allison 13 years, 5 months ago

Funny that they worked hard to get Markieff on the perimeter and he's probaly gonna be inside 95% of his time at KU. But I guess if it made him a more complete player then it should help us in the long run.

quigley 13 years, 5 months ago

2009 could shape up to be a recruiting class like we have never seen. Don't we have 4 of 5 top five players in that class interested already? We have waited a long time to push NC and Duke out of the top recruiting classes every year. Go get em' Self!!!!

JayCeph 13 years, 5 months ago

I guess he (Brown) thought it was time to go 'home' to NC. I'm happy for him if that is what he wants but, I wouldn't touch that Bobcats team with a 10 foot pole... not for all the BBQ in KC.Different strokes, I guess.

kc_wildfire 13 years, 5 months ago

Kind of scary with neither of the Morris twins qualified academically yet. Hopefully, like the Apex VP said, it shouldn't be a problem, but it makes you worry a bit.

suzifrye 13 years, 5 months ago

I really hope that Jackson goes pro he deserves it. I think he will make a great pro player and a great team mate to any team.

Timmay97 13 years, 5 months ago

It sounds like to me that they are trying to make Markieff like Darrell Arthur. Arthur can play inside and out and that's a big part of his game. I would love to see Markieff be able to hit that mid range jumper in college. As for Marcus.......let him become the next Brandon Rush. He's not gonna be as great a shooter, but hopefully he can be a lockdown defender. One thing that I find funny is that nobody really talks about our highest rated recruit Travis Releford. I feel as if he's being left out of the fray. I honestly think he's going to get the most minutes out of the freshman this year. He can find any way to score. As for next years recruiting class.....the skies the limit. The problem is going to be selling playing time. Xavier Henry has nothing to worry about. He'll be a starter from the getgo. You're not going to have a top 10 player come to a high profile school as a freshman and not start. Self's not THAT good. Things are looking bright for us next year. I hate that we have to wait another 7 months before it all starts again......although we do have 7 months to enjoy something that hadn't happened in 20 years!

Kit Duncan 13 years, 5 months ago

I'd bet dollars to donuts Bill asked the Apex coach to get Markieff away from the basket this year to prep him for KU's style of play. Double post play worked really well for KU and you can be sure Bill wants his forwards/centers to be like Darrell/Darnell. DJ really improved from 15ft in. Expect the twins to do the same.

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