Saturday, September 19, 2009

KU basketball notebook


Aldrich nets honor

Kansas University junior center Cole Aldrich has been named Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s preseason college basketball player of the year.

KU senior guard Sherron Collins joined Aldrich on the publication’s preseason All-America team.

Duke’s Kyle Singler, Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody and Ohio State’s Evan Turner joined the KU duo on the All-America team. The Jayhawks are Blue Ribbon’s preseason No. 1 pick.

KU, Minnesota may play soon

There’s a chance Kansas University and the University of Minnesota will schedule a men’s basketball series in the future.

The Gophers are trying to bring top-level nonconference opponents to their campus arena, but have had little luck in the past.

“No one will play us. Louisville just said no, Marquette no, Florida no, Iowa State no..... I'll keep trying,” Minnesota director of basketball operations Joe Esposito said on his Twitter feed this week.

KU would be willing to play a home-and-home in the campus arena.

“It’s a possibility in the future,” KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating told both the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Journal-World. “Bill (Self, KU) and Tubby (Smith, UM) have talked in the past. We’ve talked a couple times and have not been able to work it out. I’m sure at some point we’ll probably work something out, definitely not next year.”

Releford’s brother picks Alabama

Trevor Releford, the brother of Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford, on Friday night orally committed to play basketball at the University of Alabama.

Releford, 5-foot-10, from Bishop Miege in Roeland Park, chose the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma. Kansas University did not pursue Releford.


suttonku 10 years, 5 months ago

KU did not pursue Travis because they are going to get another guard that is better than Travis, whether it be Lamb, Knight, or Selby we will have to wait and see...I dont think it will be Selby though.

David Hall 10 years, 5 months ago

good for trevor releford to pick alabama shown that he can be has own man

Kent Wells 10 years, 5 months ago

Ditto blackmild: happy I'm Trevor him to for.

kvskubball 10 years, 5 months ago

The 2010 recruiting class is not a good one to be a 3 or 4 star PG (If you want to go to a top-top program), when 5 of the top 12 players in the country are PG's (Per Lindy's Mag). Knight (1), Selby (4), Joseph (7), Irving (9), and Jackson (12).

In fact, 2010 might be the year of the PG...At least as far as depth at the position. While 2 of the last three years have had a PG ranked #1 overall, at least by some (Wall, and Rose), none of the last 3 classes has had the number of quality PG's...

Releford (98) is only the 24th best PG, and the last one in Lindy's Top 100...

Jackson has signed with Memphis, so still 4 top PG's available...

So Congratulations to Trevor for landing on a pretty solid SEC team!

kvskubball 10 years, 5 months ago

I should have said that Jackson has 'verballed' to Memphis...signing days are still to come!

Joe Joseph 10 years, 5 months ago

That's devastating that Iowa State refused to play @ Minnesota. That game could have put the Gophers on the map.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Releford is going to play for one of the best young coaches in the nation in Anthony Grant. Congrats to Releford and Alabama, I think they will be a player in a few seasons.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 5 months ago

Congrats to Cole & Sherron. What a duo. Let's get the post-season version as well, tho it may be more difficult to do that if SC is distributing the way he needs to be for us to win big.

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