Monday, May 4, 2009

Pump N Run ‘n’ done

Iowa team ends K.C.’s mastery

Kansas City Pump N Run’s Trevor Releford, center, floats through a pair of All-Iowa Attack defenders on his way to an acrobatic layup during the 17-and-under championship game of the Jayhawk Invitational. All-Iowa Attack won the title with a 76-72 victory Sunday at Coffin Complex.

Kansas City Pump N Run’s Trevor Releford, center, floats through a pair of All-Iowa Attack defenders on his way to an acrobatic layup during the 17-and-under championship game of the Jayhawk Invitational. All-Iowa Attack won the title with a 76-72 victory Sunday at Coffin Complex.


Recruits partake in 2009 Jayhawk Invitational

Over the weekend, three Kansas recruits took part in this year's Jayhawk Invitational.

Harrison Barnes enjoyed his last two visits to Lawrence — in October for a packed Late Night in the Phog, and again in January for a Kansas University men’s basketball victory against Tennessee.

“It’s pretty great,” said Barnes, an Ames, Iowa, native and the No. 8-ranked basketball recruit in the class of 2010. “I know my way around here just fine.”

His follow-up trip proved just as memorable.

Barnes scored 24 points off 7-of-15 shooting to help his All-Iowa Attack Red team defeat KC Pump N Run, 76-72, Sunday afternoon in the 17-and-under championship game of the Jayhawk Invitational at Haskell Indian Nations University’s Coffin Complex.

The victory ended Pump N Run’s four-year stranglehold on the Jayhawk Invitational title at the 17-and-under division.

“They beat us last year in the finals pretty good, by about 25,” All-Iowa Attack coach Jake Sullivan said. “We were ready to get them this year, and the kids played really well.”

The 6-foot-6 Barnes displayed both his inside and outside game, scoring 17 of his 24 points in the second half, including three three-pointers as part of All-Iowa Attack’s decisive run.

His performance during the three-day event earned him the tournament’s most valuable player award.

“There’s nothing he can’t do on the offensive end,” Sullivan said. “When he plays within himself, he’s the best player in the country.”

Barnes handled himself in the post well, despite being guarded by Justin McCay, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver listed as one of the top three football recruits in the country for 2010.

“We figured we were going to try to be physical with him, but he’s so skilled, does so many things, we’re not going to stop him completely,” KC Pump N Run coach L.J. Goolsby said of Barnes. “When we would close the gap, he’d be the one to make a play that would just kind of kill our momentum.”

At 6-6, Barnes is not a prototypical forward.

“Well, actually, I consider myself a guard,” Barnes said. “Jake definitely worked a lot with helping me on my jump shot, and ever since he gave me the mechanics, I’ve just taken it from there.”

Not to be outdone, Pump N Run’s 5-10 point guard Trevor Releford, brother of KU men’s basketball guard Travis, tallied a game-high 30 points. Releford scored on a wide array of crossover moves to the bucket, making his first eight field goals and finishing 13-of-16. He also dished seven assists.

“He was unbelievable,” Goolsby said. “When Trevor’s on, he’s as good as it gets. He was special today, and that’s why you hate to lose a game when he’s played that well.”

Releford talked Saturday about continuing Pump N Run’s four-year winning streak at the Jayhawk Invitational — a streak his brother Travis helped keep alive two seasons ago as a member of Pump N Run.

“It kind of hurts because we’re the team to break it after five years,” Trevor Releford said. “It’s only going to make us better, though.”

Both teams entered the championship undefeated in the tournament, but Iowa’s depth wore down Pump N Run and broke open a 51-all game midway through the second half.

“We’ve got seven, eight Div. I guys, potentially,” Sullivan said. “When we play together, we’re really good.”

KC Pump N Run made 30 of 49 field goals (61 percent) to All-Iowa Attack’s 26-for-49 showing (53 percent). But Iowa canned 10 three-pointers to Pump N Run’s six and outscored Pump N Run, 14-6, at the free-throw line.

Barnes, who turns 17 later this month, recently trimmed his list of possible college destinations from 22 to 12. The senior-to-be lists, among other schools, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Iowa State among his final 12 and has set no timetable for making a decision.

“Right now, I’m just really trying to evaluate those 12 that are still there,” Barnes said. “We’ll just move from there, however long that takes.”

Team Texas Elite won the 15 and under title, and Minnesota Pump N Run won the 16 and under crown.

All-tournament team:

17 and under: Harrison Barnes (MVP), Zach McCabe, All-Iowa Attack Red; Royce Woolridge, Arizona Magic; Trevor Releford, Mark Braden, KC Pump N Run; Ryan Harrow, Atlanta Celtics.

16 and under: Alex Richter, Aaron Ziman, Minnesota Pump N Run (MVP); Christian Kirk, KC Pump N Run; Ishmael Wainwright, KC Cowboys; Bradley Beal, Shaq Boga, St. Louis Eagles.

15 and under: Nick Banyard (MVP), Isaiah Austin, Team Texas; Gavin Thurman, KC Pump N Run; Antonio Hopkins, St. Louis Eagles; Siyani Chambers, Isaiah Zierdan, Howard Pulley.


keith horinek 10 years, 8 months ago

It would be awsome to get all three, Wooldridge, Barnes and Releford. If X stayed another year we could have three sets of brothers on the team.

UjayK 10 years, 8 months ago

I honestly don't think X will stay... With Cole and Collions gone too, we will seemingly have 3 scholarships open for next year's recruit (if no one transfers out). So assuming Wooldridge's personal ranking keeps moving up, potentially into top 30, then he can be really good for us. And all Barnes' interviews suggest he loves KU a lot, so it won't be a huge ask if he ends up with us. I think we will need a really good center for next year too. Well, Jeff has to show us what he really can do. I have checked out him on, and it looks like he is a 5-star center in last year's class. So, even our fab trio do leaves for NBA money next year, we should be still awesome!
p.s: not convinced by this Trevor. anyone seen his games yet? am I wrong?

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 8 months ago

XH hasn't played a second of college ball. Way too early to say he is one and done even though he thinks he is.

Jonathan Andrews 10 years, 8 months ago

oljhwk, my sentiments exactly. I think Trevor sounds like a great recruit, a change-of-pace scoring PG. Barnes is a no-brainer IF we can get him (EVERYONE wants him), but I have a gut feeling that Jake may steer Harrison toward ISU. If Barnes is smart, though, he'll make the best decision for himself (KU, of course!). It's awesome to know that no matter what, though, we already have an impact player committed for the class of 2010. Royce is going to be a big-time difference-maker, as long as he can hone his off-the-ball scoring skills.

Jfanallways 10 years, 8 months ago

i agree keithmiles05 there seem to be far more one and dones STARTING the season than ENDING it. also only a few of the OAD's that do go are locks, with most there is some debate if they should go or not. with that said i would be glad to have X two years it would really help with losing cole and collins and make for a smoother transition

Jfanallways 10 years, 8 months ago

btw why does kusports randomly make my uppercase words lowercase after i post? i wanted emphasis on STARTING too thats why i put it in caps. and the other day . . . "rock chalk" doesn't look very enthusiastic anyone else notice this in thier posts?

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 8 months ago

Never underestimate the stupidity of youths...

shockjay (anonymous) says... Recruiters may start to get "Off The Wall"

Jfanallways 10 years, 8 months ago

"STARTING"! sorry to spam guys i just cant figure this out

OKJAYHAWK5 10 years, 8 months ago

John Wall has been cited for breaking and entering a Raleigh, NC home.

TheTruth08 10 years, 8 months ago

Looks like there's some schools out there who will make John's decision a little easier.

STLJHawk86 10 years, 8 months ago

The Wall story reminds me of J.R. Gidden's misadventure at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart prior to coming to KU. We all agreed it was no big deal and were quick to exonerate him from any serious wrong doing but it is interesting to look back on that incident and think about the things that subsequently transpired in his life.

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 8 months ago


You are so right, and in my opinion KU should be one of those to make it an easier decision.

The other thing that is interesting is all the scrutiny that coaches and schools face from the NCAA in the recruiting process. Something like this happens and you rarely, if ever, see the NCAA penalize the recruit.

emillasap 10 years, 8 months ago

To whom it may concern:

Kobe: 34% from trey D Wade: 32% Ray Allen: 40% Pierce: 39%

Who is better?(obliviously not enough info)

I believe the overall trey percentage is a skewed stat when referring to wing/shooting guards. The percentage is clearly a function of "good" shots v. "bad" shots. Alpha dog scorers who have no choice but to take over games inevitably are force to take more "bad" shots ala Sherron this year. Perhaps that has something to do with Xavier's "questionable" trey shooting his junior year. Maybe when good shooters convene on one team they get more "good" looks and their all important % is above or near the holy grail of 40%.

I am purely making a statement based on inductive thought and I dare say you would be hard pressed to find an empirical study looking at the correlation between multiple high percentage shooters when together on one team as opposed to when separate. I would wager good shooters get statistically better when around other good shooters.

Suffice it to say Xavier paired w/ Sherron and Moringstar(Maybe or hopefully even Little) should prove my theory of a synergistic relationship.

Just food for thought.

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