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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Prep Ben McLemore visiting Mizzou

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Kansas University made its official recruiting pitch to basketball high school blue-chipper Ben McLemore at the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog.

This weekend, Missouri takes it turn trying to impress the 6-foot-5, 185-pound senior shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Rivals.com’s No. 17-rated player is scheduled to arrive in Columbia for his second and final official college campus visit sometime today — the same day MU’s football team is on the road for a Big 12 North Division showdown against Nebraska.

“Ben has told me he would visit Kansas and Missouri, then sit down with his family and get in decision-mode. After this, it is going to be decision time,” Rivals.com analyst Shay Wildeboor said Friday.

McLemore — he averaged 28.3 points and 12.5 boards a game at St. Louis Eskridge High last season — has said he will sign a letter-of-intent with KU or MU during the Nov. 10-17 early signing period.

“Kansas rolled out the red carpet with the Late Night visit and 16,300 fans. Now he’s going to Missouri,” Wildeboor said. “He’s been to the Jayhawk Invitational (AAU tournament last spring), KU’s Elite Camp (last summer) and Late Night. Being from St. Louis, he’s been to Missouri several times. He basically knows all there is to know about each school and each program.”

McLemore recently eliminated Tennessee from his list of schools.

“Kansas and Missouri ... those two schools have been the constant. It’s down to the two Big 12 North schools,” Wildeboor said.

McLemore, by the way, scored 25 points in Thursday’s 100-60 rout of Bluefield (Va.) College’s junior varsity. Oak Hill’s roster also includes Sidiki Johnson (Arizona), Quinn Cook (Duke, UCLA, Villanova), Daniel Gomis (Oregon State), Damien Wilson (Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee) and A.J. Hammons (Indiana, Marquette, Ohio State).

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that McLemore had “a crowd-pleasing dunk when he went over 7-footer Egor Shakhmetov.”

KU has received an oral commitment from No. 91-rated Naadir Tharpe, a 6-foot point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., and is also in the running for No. 19-rated Norvel Pelle, 6-8 from Price High in Compton, Calif., and No. 76 Angelo Chol, 6-8 from San Diego’s Hoover High.

Rush nets huge payday: Brandon Rush hit the jackpot Friday when the Indiana Pacers chose to pick up the fourth-year option on the former KU guard/forward’s contract, worth $2.9 million. Had the option not been picked up, Rush would have become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

Rush, who has averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 157 NBA games, is two games into a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension is costing him $115,000 in salary.

He will not be eligible to play until a Nov. 9 home game against Denver.

Indiana coach Jim O’Brien is upset that the Pacers are allowed to suit only 11 players a game in Rush’s absence.

“I understand them suspending the player and withholding his wages for five games,” O’Brien told the Indianapolis Star. “The nature of the situation is that we’re not informed a player has failed the drug test the first or second time, and we’re not told he has a problem. Then they turn around and penalize a franchise.

“I don’t understand where that comes from, frankly. If we were the ones drug testing and we were the ones that knew and were responsible to get him back on track after the first one, I understand that, but I can't follow this. There’s no way of sugarcoating it: This is a disadvantage, especially with our group.”

Rush, who has been practicing with the second team, recently told the Indy Star: “I should be fine as long as I come out and show I’ve been putting in the work and I’ve changed my lifestyle. Everything should work out fine if I do those things.”

Pastner likes KU: Memphis coach Josh Pastner on the Tigers’ matchup against KU at the Jimmy V. Classic on Dec. 7 in New York: “We’re excited,” Pastner told Zagsblog.com’s Adam Zagoria. “We have a lot of games before then. Coach Bill Self is one of the best coaches in the country at any level, pro, college or high school. The guy’s a future Hall of Famer, and their team is going to be really good. It’s always an honor to play a team and a coach like Kansas.

“Second, what an awesome privilege to be playing at Madison Square Garden, a privilege for anybody. Third, the opportunity to be a part of the Jimmy V Classic. There’s nothing more important than what it represents.”

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Why did it come down to KU vs. MizZoo? Because KU might seem loaded, and Mike Anderson is a likable, demanding guy (not unlike Bill Self). But there are things beyond that, if the Ben Mac chooses to see them: NBA player count, play style at KU way more similar to NBA compared to 40-min-of-hell, tradition, family-like atmosphere, co-eds...(I did not just type that, did i?), etc...

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KULA 3 years, 5 months ago

Who cares if Ben comes to Kansas? After seeing how far we rode 1&Done X last year, I'd rather roll with 2nd, 3rd & 4th yr players like Travis, EJ and Royce.

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jaybate 3 years, 5 months ago

Katherine Ross' great line from "The Graduate" seems to apply here:

"Ben!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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nohohawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Looks like Iowa is going to get in some trouble for the recruitment of Marcus Paige.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/10/31/ashton-kutcher-iowa-recruit-violations-twitter-photo/

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jaybate 3 years, 5 months ago

"Some Ways You Know the First Exhibition Game Approacheth"

~KU football sinking to new lows.

~Self appears at first "ladies night out" with Cin, as a way of saying, "See you next April, honey."

~Leaf color passes its peak, while students interests in in-door sports like Beer'n'Lust eclipse their interests in outdoor sports like Beer'n'Lust.

~Danny Manning applying talc to dome to reduce head glare under lights.

~Dickie V under ranking KU.

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 5 months ago

Or perhaps he might just look at the tradition, the insane atmosphere, the high level of coaching, and the better path to the NBA. A complete no-brainer.

Now, if this were a football recruit .....

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William Blake 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Ben should do a little research into the history of Kansas and Missouri... like, where the term Jayhawk comes from and what they fought against in Missouri.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months ago

soobawls:trialtears [I'm afraid femnap was a little too strong] Turner Gill: lostfish KY_Cats:kygelkat

msrtb8...as Mike Tyson exclaims in "The Hangover"......"NICE"

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jaybate 3 years, 5 months ago

jnewell,

I'm not sure media outlets of record ought to adopt styles based on the same logic driving vanity plates on cars, but I'm a team player, so I'll give this a go.

Let's shorten LJW to LJ and KUSports.com to KUSprts and call them the official style for the Lawrence Journal, not the Lawrence Journal-World. Write it that way in every article on the site.

What the heck! Here are some other possible LJ abbreviations:

jnewell: jnwlchndmple Tom Keegan:guttmn Gary Bedore: GryBdr Bill Mayer: Alzhmr Chuck Woodling: Fizou Unuch Bernadette Grey-Little: Greyarea World Corporation:Brdbndflppr Bill Self: Bll$lf 100: 10^2 OakvilleJHawk:myarkitek dynamitehawk: diatomatiousntroglycrnhwk Lebowski: WhtRssn ralster:kpbbprivatizstr memhawk: elvs kushaw: knsasunivrstyshw Anthonyzal:antiknsasunivrstyshw drgnslayr: drgnslyr s6u6r6f:occultgeorgegreenough yates3333: yts3x1111 ParisHawk: CtyofLite Brock: Brk KEITHMILES05:Kth5280h5 DarthJayhaw: Anukn milehighhawk: outofthcrdleendlesslywhining jaybate: mstrb8

&so&sf (aka and so on and so forth.)

The thing about I like most about the suggestion is that some are actually longer than the originals. Why do I like that? It makes clear that there is no rhyme, or reason, to the official style. Its what literary scholars used to call organic use of language. :-)

vty (aka very truly yours), msrtb8

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KGphoto 3 years, 5 months ago

I just can't see how it came down to these two. It's like picking between North Carolina and Clemson. Duke or Virginia. It's ridiculous.

Ben, if you pick Misery, you will be haunted by that decision for the rest of your life. If you pick KU, you will be a part of the greatest sports family in the history of basketball... for the rest of your life.

Now Brandon. You just smoked a $115k joint. How was it? Man, it must have been the chronic of chronic. And now you can afford to buy at least 25 more of them!

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kirkhinrichflow 3 years, 5 months ago

the choice is to either to be a winner or be a loser. you pick Benjamin you pick

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 5 months ago

Missouri stages one of the greatest recruiting weekends in college history and they get Ben up there....THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND!!

What a bunch of chuckleheads

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

The question to ask Ben McLemore is this: Would you rather play against KU twice-a-year, or play against MizZooCreatures twice-a-year? Winner? Or loser? You pick, Mr.McLemore.

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William Blake 3 years, 5 months ago

“Kansas and Missouri ... those two schools have been the constant. It’s down to the two Big 12 North schools,” Wildeboor said.

Won't it be great taking Ben into Mizzery for that rivalry?

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thedudelovesKU 3 years, 5 months ago

i hate kensucky as much as the next jayhawk fan, but i'm not above giving credit where credit is due. calimari is a great recruiter and he knows how win over these young athletes. but the fact of the matter is is that everywhere he goes trouble follows. kentucky fans will then come back and say that ku has been through some problems lately, but its never within the bball program itself. kentucky has a long history of problems so i guess calipari is right where he belongs.

beakem - i totally agree...the playing time factor favors ku bigtime. b/t him and woolridge (who is highly underrated) ku should be a very good shooting team next year.

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beakem_hawks 3 years, 5 months ago

Just looked compared KU's roster to Mizzery's roster and Mizzery has more young shooting guards that Kansas. Therefore I belieive McLemore will pick KU because of more playing time right away. We need this recruit badly because after him it is slim pickings for 2011 recruiting class....... RCJH!!!!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

RIP anthonyzal. May your spirit live on as a open space between two lines with all the other deleted posters.

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dynamitehawk 3 years, 5 months ago

On certain levels I respect Kentucky basketball. History of winning. Ties to KU through coaches. What I can't understand is the fans. I have some family members in Kentucky, so I have witnessed some of the craziness. The fans might show up wearing clothes, cheering, and acting normal. But as an insider I have to let you in on a secret. In Kentucky it is considered 'normal' to wake up naked, find an animal to fornicate with, proceed to drink straight Kentucky burboun for the remainder of the day, only breaking to snort some Missouri meth. KY has her own blend to this routine where she posts on our site between wild rides with pigs or perhaps a donkey, meth, and booze.

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DarthJayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Anthonyzal, I am so glad your life is going well. It has to be if this is such a concern to you. This site is ran by a private business, and you don't have to come here and read the articles if you don't want to. The whining about this subject is way more annoying than anything else on this website.

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DarthJayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Anthonyzal, I am so glad your life is going well. It has to be if this is such a concern to you. This site is ran by a private business, and you don't have to come here and read the articles if you don't want to. The whining about this subject is way more annoying than anything else on this website.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 5 months ago

Ben and Perry Ellis will both be Jayhawks. Absolutely.

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anthonyzal 3 years, 5 months ago

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Lone_salina_kufan 3 years, 5 months ago

I really want this kid to come to ku. I would be very disappointed if he chose mizzou.

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KY_Cats1 3 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely outstanding news this week! It is looking very likely now that Coach Cal has worked his magic yet again and the talented Perry Ellis will be realizing his calling as a Wildcat in 2012.

Yet again proof that the nation's best can't help but come to Lexington once the Cats knock on their door. It doesn't matter in which backyard they may be.

Go Big Blue!!!

UK Wildcats The King of College Basketball

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anthonyzal 3 years, 5 months ago

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lhohman3 3 years, 5 months ago

Ben is maybe a B. Rush clone, minus any of the patronizing drama?

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kerbyd 3 years, 5 months ago

Brandon, It should be WHEN I do those things, not IF.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 5 months ago

don't be afraid, the kid's a jayhawk.

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lhohman3 3 years, 5 months ago

But if Mizzery wins, I fear "the Big Mac Attack" (terrible nickname) will get too caught up in some typical Midwestern, Rallying Cry-lost weekend Halloween seyaunce death-bride Bacchanalia extravaganza post-game party -- and thus attend that crap school...?

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