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Monday, April 18, 2011

La Salle center considers Kansas

John Calipari visits Trevor Lacey

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Aaric Murray, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore center who recently announced plans to leave La Salle University, likely will transfer either to Kansas University or West Virginia, Jon Rothstein of CBSsports.com reported Sunday.

Murray recently told Zagsblog.com that he had a list of KU, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia, UConn, Texas and Florida. The Philadelphia Daily News also listed Marquette and DePaul.

The Philadelphia native, who averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds a game for La Salle last season, chose La Salle over West Virginia his senior year at Philly’s Glen Mills High School.

Murray will have two years of eligibility remaining but must sit out next season according to NCAA transfer rules.

Murray ranked third in the Atlantic 10 in blocks (73, second in school history), was seventh in rebounding and 11th in scoring in 2010-11. He’s second all-time in career blocks at La Salle (143) after just two seasons. He just missed a triple-double, scoring 20 points, with 11 rebounds and a school-record nine blocks against Morgan State. He had seven double-doubles on the season.

Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News was somewhat critical of Murray on March 25 when the decision to leave La Salle was announced.

“La Salle coach John Giannini had a season-long struggle with Murray,” Jerardi wrote. “The mega-talent was not always interested in the game. In fact, Giannini said that Murray really does not like the sport. It often showed in Murray's performances.

“Murray had moments when he was great and other moments when he disappeared, sometimes in the same game. Giannini publicly defended his player, but anyone with eyes knew the coach was having a difficult time getting through to his star player.”

Giannini said: “I wish Aaric the very best for his future. I know Aaric always tried to do his best for La Salle, and we did all that we could to help him as a person and as a basketball player.”

Calipari visits Lacey

Trevor Lacey, a 6-3, 200-pound senior combo guard from Huntsville (Ala.) High, received an in-home visit from Kentucky coach John Calipari on Sunday, according to Nationofblue.com. KU coach Bill Self is expected to visit Lacey today. Lacey made a weekend visit to Alabama. Rivals.com’s No. 34-rated player also has Auburn, UConn and North Carolina State on his list.

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msthompson37 3 years ago

Sorta like Jeff Whithey. 7footer that never plays. I say pass but what do I know Bill Self is the EXPERT?

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Torisen 3 years ago

Huh, so Joe Lunardi's bracketology for next year is out. And he has KU as... a 7 seed? Really?

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

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lhohman3 3 years ago

Just finished watching the Bulls/Pacers playoff game. They do not play B. Rush nearly enough. (14 mins tonight) He's the only guy on the court & maybe in the entire Eastern Conference who can guard D. Rose effectively. I think the Pacers coach needs to be fired. Their offense sets look like that 1970's electric football board game with Pacers players running around the court in a complete unpredictable manner. Paul George seems to be taking most of his minutes from B. Rush. except he cannot guard anybody. Granger is talented, but is way too soft on defense. And Tyler Hansbrough literally shoots the ball everytime he touches it no matter where he is on the court......Nobody on that team can shoot 3's consistently... except Rush.....Their two best defensive players (Rush & Hibbert) played a total of only 35 mins. tonight. Bad coaching.

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Jabez Harlan 3 years ago

Poster theend has repeatedly made the comment that KU is failing in March and I will gladly dispute his claim. Over the past five years (2007-2011) KU has actually peformed well compared to its peers. Peers include Duke, UNC, UK, UConn, Florida, UCLA, Ohio St., Pitt, Syracuse, Mich St., and Butler. These teams have been included based upon perception of being highly rated programs over the last five years or having the perception of performing well in the ncaa tournament.

NCAA tournament wins 2007-2011

Syracuse 6-3 -missed 2007,2008

Pitt 8-5

Kentucky 8-4 -missed 2009

Ohio St. 9-4 -missed 2008

Florida 9-2 -missed 2008,2009

UConn 10-3 -missed 2007,2010

UCLA 10-4 -missed 2010

Duke 11-4

Mich St. 12-5

Butler 13-5

Kansas 15-4

North Carolina 16-3 -missed 2010

This shows that KU is tied for the most games played in the tournament over the last five years and is second in wins. I would invite theend to find a team that would beat out KU in wins other than UNC over the last five years.

If not, then shut up about KU failing in March and stop being critical about Bill Self and his staff. Stop insisting KU must change and that something is wrong with KU in the tournament. In short, recant all your comments!

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JHAWKNPHX 3 years ago

UK is only reporting that the used car salesman had a visit with Lacey and Bill Self is next. The troll is a troll

http://www.nationofblue.com/coach-cal-visited-trevor-lacey-today-6740/

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IrishDaddy 3 years ago

KU could be a front runner in another transfer. Sounds like this fella has mucho potential and with a little TLC, he could be a great get.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ap-pennst-buie

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Michael Auchard 3 years ago

Nope, news.google.com doesn't have a single news organization supporting this. I don't see the Twitterverse blowing up over it, either. There are still tons of UK fans pleading with him to come to their school on Twitter.

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 3 years ago

Despite the loss of Lacey, let's not forget that we already have two quality guards coming in next year!

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 3 years ago

Cal now commenting on the signing. It's over.

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 3 years ago

Second source confirms. Twitter blowing up.

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Sandeep Kalburgie 3 years ago

Rumors abound about Deandre Daniels to Duke :(

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Geekinout 3 years ago

All most every player to transfer to KU has not lived up to the hype! With that said, why are people so anti-Withey? Of course he's not going to be KU's premiere player, but let's not forget that he was injured/sick last year and still can give quality minutes. Plus, he's still somewhat young. He's no Chenowith, yet!

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brooksmd 3 years ago

(Please excuse my double post this time.)

theend (anonymous) replies… I'm not obsessed.....I want KU to change its program so they can actually compete in March. As of now.....Kansas has no clue of what is needed in March. None.

theend (anonymous) says… Don't assume that a kid with an attitude problem would come to KU and it would all go away. KU has a great program....

Seems to be a contradiction here. In the first you say "KU needs to change its program". And in the second you say "KU has a great program".

I'm so confused. Jaybate, help me.

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Viggo3003 3 years ago

I think you are Soobawls!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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theend 3 years ago

Careful.....The Kansas Thought Police are out in force today!! Speed traps and stings everywhere!! They will attack you and villify you if you say anything even remotely critical of KU!!!

Do not speak!! Do not write!! Do not even think critically of Kansas!!!

Kansas is Perfect.....therefoer any critical thought or expression is impossible!!
If you dare.....you will be assimilated!!!

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theend 3 years ago

Ralster-where you at????? Run away???

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theend 3 years ago

Ralster,100,Bradyndad,& duanep5ku= Kansas Thought Police.

Their moto:

Say nothing remotely critical of Kansas!!

Kansas can do no wrong!!

Kansas is perfect!!

It is perfectly fine for Kansas to lose early in March!!

You are getting sleepy........sleepy!!!!

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Sam Constance 3 years ago

I am so tired of hearing the mantra "if we hadn't won it in 2008..."

As someone wrote once before--I can't remember where I read it, so my apologies if it was on this very site--it's somewhat disingenuous to remove a person or program's greatest success of the past decade and then evaluate their level of success.

A very small group of schools (7) has won a title in the past 10 years, and KU is one of them.

A very small group of schools (6) has won multiple titles since the tournament expanded to 64 teams (requiring 6 wins), and KU is one of them.

A very small group of schools (5) has at least 5 Final Four appearances since the tournament expanded to 64 teams, and KU (who has 7 FFs) is one of them.

I too grow tired of KU losing too early, and to teams that we all know the 'Hawks would beat 9 times out of 10. Mostly, I grow tired of it because of all the ignorant anti-fans who use it as cannon fodder to talk trash. But if you step above the fray and actually look objectively at the amount of success by program, KU is still way ahead of almost every school in the country. In fact, there are probably only 3 other schools that deserve to be in the conversation when considering the last 26 years of basketball. Duke, UNC and Kentucky.

If Kansas is destined to be the "chokingest" of those 4 schools, it's frustrating, but there are far, far worse places to be.

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kennethst 3 years ago

"The End" ??? I can't quite figure this guy out. Sometimes he seems to hate KU.....other times he seems to like KU and has moments of sanity.

Well....your self-description of being "caustic" is an understatement. You also seem quite bitter.......but there is method in your madness. I don't agree with all you say......but in some ways I agree-KU should be better in March. I'm just not sure there is something specific that is wrong. Then again......this does seem to keep happenning. If we had not won it all in 2008.....I think many here would be more critical.

But dude.....you could be a bit more ....I don't know.....calm? reasonable? Pro-KU?

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oldalum 3 years ago

I'm having a lot of trouble believing he doesn't like basketball. A lot of work goes into learning to play and getting better. Playing at all the lower levels is merely preparation for making it to the NBA to play more basketball as a professional. So he is setting himself up for a profession of doing what he doesn't like to do? Maybe he just didn't like basketball at LaSalle.

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Selbyville 3 years ago

haha Joe Lunardi has us as a 7 seed in his preliminary bracket

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theend 3 years ago

Don't assume that a kid with an attitude problem would come to KU and it would all go away. KU has a great program.....and the demands could actually make a kid like this have an even worse attitude.

Then again.....maybe it would shape him up. My biggest concern would be if it's true that he doesn't even like basketball. That would just about be impossible to correct....but only he knows what the truth is.

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Sam Constance 3 years ago

Anyone who is doubting the benefit of this potential transfer needs to inform themselves.

Bringing in an ESPN100 recruit from the class of 2009 is a no-brainer, especially when you consider:

He's a "true" center, something that is pretty rare in today's game We have scholarships in spades right now We don't have big men in spades--especially not guys with Murray's size.

I don't care what recruits we might be getting for 2012. Remember when Terrance Jones was a sure thing?

This kid's biggest drawback is the potential for there to be attitude problems, and given an environment like the one we have at Kansas, I feel that it's a potential issue that can be managed. This guy isn't a "project". He's a bonafide Division I starting center.

I can't believe how jaded some KU fans have become.

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duanep5ku 3 years ago

theend Another pathetic troll that's obsessed with Kansas, I wander why loser who's your team anyway?

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theend 3 years ago

If he wants a national title....he should play somewhere else. If he wants to beat Iowa State and Texas Tech(every year-rah rah KU!!!!)...go to Kansas.

KU should pass on him. Doesn't sould like he has the personality....or even the committment to the game. Who needs that?

PS-Jaybate.....I love Kirk Herbstreit!!!!!!!!!!

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William Blake 3 years ago

I haven't heard if CS offered Murray a scholarship or not. Many players are interested in playing for Kansas....

With our projected 2012 recruit class standing big, perhaps a 2-yr guy will fit... he'd really fit if he could play next year... but at least he can practice, and that would be helpful for our other bigs as well as entrench Murray into the CS system. He would definitely be a contributor in the following year, regardless what recruit class comes in because he'll have a year of "Self ball" (at least, in practice).

I still believe our answer is Daniels... but maybe we land him, too. Maybe bringing in Murray also helps land Daniels. He won't compete for minutes this coming year but would be a perfect addition for practice and bringing Daniels' game around.

I've never seen CS lay out so much red carpet for any player like he has Daniels. Obviously he is the perfect fit for "the hole"... Makes me wonder if there isn't other factors involved, for example, the infamous "domino effect" promoted so well by Calipari. "We've got this super star and that super star, and adding you to the mix will almost guarantee us a trip to the Final Four, and there will be NBA scouts at every game. Look how many players I've delivered to the big league!"

We are riding the momentum of being a perfect "big man school." So if we don't have a premiere big man front court (more than just TRob) we may lose a little momentum in that area. The twins delivered big time to helping build the belief. Everyone in the country experienced their transformation.

It is always exciting to go "big man shopping!"

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Annette Lee 3 years ago

NC State released Joseph Uchebo ! 6' 9" 240 could play needs work but so did the Morri in their frosh year..

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martyks 3 years ago

Actually, Murray is a perfect fit. We need bodies for practice this year. We don't get a whole lot of that with a kid coming in from high school. But TRob will hold down the center position unless he gets in foul trouble... which could be a rough IF. Still, Anderson looks promising. So, at least for practicing, Withey, TRob, Anderson, and Murray would solve scrimmage... and preparing for teams is important, not just contributing during games.

Who knows what the situation was with Murray. No one asked him. Sometimes coaches simply do not connect with kids. Labeling him as the problem without knowing all the facts just isn't right. It could be all his fault. It could be that it wasn't his fault at all.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years ago

in response to rockchalk26, he didn't commit yet, so that's good.

in response to this kid transferring from LaSalle, why would we do that? he has to sit out a year...and we'll probably have a shot at several bigs next year, including Perry Ellis and Peters has already committed. so why would we waste a schollie?

it's frankly Daniels or bust this year...or we'll go with what we got....TRob, Withey, Anderson and throw in a JUCO kid.....at this point, anyone 6-8 or taller will do. :)

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keith horinek 3 years ago

Does Jeff Withey raise any red flags? We don't need anymore "projects". I would prefer to leave the scholarship open than take on another project. We might need the scholarship next year, you never know.

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Kent Wells 3 years ago

Recruiting the mid-majors. Interesting. If you can't beat them, join them!

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jaybate 3 years ago

How they knew Cal was visiting Lacey?

Mousse trail between Lexington and Florida.

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Ron Prichard 3 years ago

Not sure why anyone would want to pass on a kid who in two years at LaSalle has almost set the career record for blocks and averaged 15 points and almost 8 rebounds a game. Plus, he has the body (6'10", 250 lbs) to bang in the Big XII. Even though it was LaSalle, it was still D1, and a 15 ppg scorer in D1 is definitely valuable.

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RockChalk26 3 years ago

Are there any reports on Daniel's visit to Duke this weekend?

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bennybob 3 years ago

Pass!

Cant help us next year, when we desperately need front court depth. he'll only clog up the influx of bigs expected in the '12 class (Peters, Ellis, Tarczewski).

I really hope Self saves the scholarship, using one of this kid is a complete waste. How desperate is he?

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years ago

Barnes is going back to UNC, looks like selby may be a lottery pick by default.

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Robert Brock 3 years ago

Pass on this guy. Concentrate on landing 2012's Kaleb Tarczewski. He is a winner and will add incredible value to the Kansas program.

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BCRavenJHawkfan 3 years ago

Could it be Murray took note of the Morris twins progress, and thus in Kansas is the Yellowbrick Road.

And on Woolridge's departure. The guy probably looked at what transpired with Selby going to the NBA and said: "Damn, I was able to shut down Selby in practice and he's still going NBA?????"

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phi4life940 3 years ago

This wouldn't be the first guy with an attitude Self and Co. have worked with.

You wanna know why he "didn't care about the game..." ??? HE WAS AT LaSalle!!!!

The year on the bence at Allen Fieldhouse will make him fall back in love with the game. He will be so pumped and excited to play that he will become a man and come out with a passion and a strength like no other.

I hope we get this guy. I do agree with bradynsdad in that we will have to other bigs but this guy could provide the much needed strength, size and talent to get those two freshman (Peters and Ellis) in working order.

Either way...Rock Chalk.

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bradynsdad 3 years ago

Correct me if I am wrong but if he sits thus season he will be eligible the year Zach peters and perry Ellis come in. Yes I am about 99% sure Ellis is coming to ku. His family would like him either at ku or wsu. That being said I wouldn't mind having this kid as long as he does come in with a good attitude, of course maybe the kid just wasn't happy with the system we don't know. I am starting to think that without Daniels or Lacey committing next year could be a tough year. I believe we wil have a good season but texas looks to be very dominant, assuming barnes can coach the last month of the year. Talk about a flame out.

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Lebowski 3 years ago

I'd be disinterested in the sport if I donned "La Salle" across my chest, too. Now "Kansas" might be a different story.

It's the family here. It has a way of motivating people. This guy could be a huge asset. Worth the risk, imo.

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Cameron Schienebeck 3 years ago

Nothing like reading breakdowns and analysis done by people that don't know the actual person they're critiquing. Just because you now know as much as google doesn't make anyone an expert. The kid has narrowed his list down and KU is included. The only thing that tells me is that he must have his head together a little bit if he's smart enough to want to join the Jayhawks.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years ago

KU doesn't need another head case. We've had enough problems with guys who can't mind thier p's and q's let alone don't really want to play the game.

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IrishDaddy 3 years ago

Sounds to me like LaSalle pushed him out, more of a problem than an asset.

http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-25/sports/29188894_1_john-giannini-aaric-murray-difficult-time

Anybody who paid the least bit of attention to La Salle basketball this season will not be shocked by this news: Sophomore big man Aaric Murray is transferring.

La Salle coach John Giannini had a seasonlong struggle with Murray. The megatalent was not always interested in the game. In fact, Giannini said that Murray really does not like the sport. It often showed in Murray's performances.

The coach thought that would solve the problem. It did for a while. Then, it didn't.

"This was a very difficult decision for me, and I wish Aaric the very best for his future," Giannini said. "I know Aaric always tried to do his best for La Salle, and we did all that we could to help him as a person and as a basketball player. We will continue to support Aaric in this process of finding another university."

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years ago

HCBS needs to watch where he sits at Trevor Lacey's house. If Cal was just there the day before him, there could still be a trail of that slimy stuff left behind when slugs have crawled through an area. There will be grease stains on the couch/chair cushions where he sat, of course.

There could also be some other residue from Cal's visit, like new car brochures left behind, imprints of Trevor's signature where Cal collected samples for a "surrogate" test taker to learn how to duplicate, and business cards for WWWes.

Bill, this is war Those Mr. Goodcents and Yello Sub coupons that might fall out of your pocket just won't do. .

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Andy Tweedy 3 years ago

Maybe this guy doesn't like basketball, or maybe he just doesn't like basketball at LaSalle. Or maybe he just doesn't like his coach. Who knows. I trust HCBS will only bring him in if he thinks he can and will play!

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jhox 3 years ago

Interesting choice of schools he's narrowed his list to, KU and West Virginia. If this kid struggled with his coach at LaSalle, what makes him think Self or Huggins will take it easy on him? Those are two of the most demanding coaches in basketball.

From KU's standpoint it makes good sense. Expect one more year out of Robinson, and then this guy could step in and fill that role as a very experienced Junior. Most of the big name high school guys see themselves as one and dones, so we may as well bring in an experienced guy for a couple of years (of eligibility) as opposed to an inexperienced guy for one or two.

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REHawk 3 years ago

Aaric, considering your size and numbers already posted at LaSalle, if you should arrive in Lawrence to spend 3 seasons fully committed to the Jayhawk program, you will depart as a man, a multimillionaire with skills aplenty for a long NBA career. Be prepared to open your horizons to the transformational process of Bill Self, Dan Manning and Andrea Hudy. Key word: commitment.

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 3 years ago

Anyone catch Otto Porter lighting up the Jordan Brand Classic this weekend?

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jaybate 3 years ago

Post Script to Aaric: do your best, it is success.

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jaybate 3 years ago

If the NBA drafts on potential, why not take Aaric? :-)

Self will sign Murray, the bureau of declamations project, if Murray wants to come.

Why?

  1. Aaric is worth having just for scout team practice for a season, even if he turned out to be not good enough to keep, or to be too much trouble to keep.

  2. Self has said he has a scholie he does not plan on giving this season and so why waste it, when he can easily bounce Aaric, if he were to be a problem.

  3. Funny name aside, there is no other D1-experienced, 6'10" 250 lb'er out there that could be Hudy-ed up to 265-270 and schooled by Manning for a year and be available two seasons from now.

  4. If Aaric has a mother willing to come to Lawrence, getting away from home and having her be the only person he knows, could wake him up to his responsibilities to himself and her.

  5. Aaric could be the Philidelphian destined to finish the mythic score-settling begun by Wayne Hightower, and pushed nearly to completion by The Twins: the winning of a ring for KU by a Philadelphian to offset Wilt's 3-overtime loss to Carolina in 1957!

Aaric, myth and destiny and future big draft dollars call you to Kansas.

Answer.

But be forewarned: such heroism will cost you not less than everything to earn.

You are about to learn the awesome burden of great coaches, great teammates, great fans, the ghost of Wilt Chamberlain, and the legacy of the game's inventor, investing in you to right this wrong.

Failure to give everything you've got to the task, will get you kicked off the team for sure.

But giving everything you've got, whether enough to get the ring, will take us all another step closer in righting the greatest wrong in hoops history.

Ask the Twins, Mssrs. Markieff and Marcus Morris...they who just did the boyz2men thing: was it worth it to come to "the citadel of doing it the right way"? To be so far from a Philly steak? To earn the respect of respected coaches, teammates and NBA GM's? To not only get the big bones, but be prepared not to squander them?

Answer to all: yes!

The lord of hoops works in mysterious ways, Aaric.

If you do not yet understand this, as Yoda once said to Luke Skywalker, you will, you will!

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KU_Alumn_2000 3 years ago

Hmmm - not sure what to think of this guy. Only two years of eligibility left...has to sit out a year...and attitude problems may not be worth the pick up.

Would love to see us go after another high school kid that will stay for four years and develop under Coach Manning.

That Trevor Lacey seems like he would be a fantastic pickup at guard.

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ldjayhawk 3 years ago

Not sure a talented but uncommitted centre is our best suit and seems war on Lacey starts! RCJH let's bring our man home!

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