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Friday, January 7, 2011

KU’s Bill Self: Travis Releford a utility player

Kansas guard Travis Releford knocks the ball away for a steal from UMKC forward Max Rockmann during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Travis Releford knocks the ball away for a steal from UMKC forward Max Rockmann during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University sophomore forward Travis Releford made a name for himself nationally on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Kansas City native’s highlight-reel dunk against UMKC emerged as ESPN’s Top Ten Play of the Day — a nightly SportsCenter award that encompasses all games in all sports.

Nice honor? To be sure, but not one needed for Releford to prove his value to teammates and coaches.

“Travis is great. I believe that he’s like a baseball utility player. You put him out there, he’ll play wherever,” KU coach Bill Self said Thursday, a day after after Releford hit four of seven shots and three of four free throws — good for 13 points in KU’s 99-52 win over the Kangaroos.

“You can play him as a big. You can play him as a guard. He can play post defense. He guards ball screens as well as anybody we have. He does a lot of things that are important to us.

“This year, he’s not taken a ton (of threes), but has really shot it well from range. He’s shooting 46 percent (12 of 26) from three. He’s done a little bit of everything,” Self added.

Junior power forward Markieff Morris has noticed.

“Travis is very quick. He has a great work ethic and just outworks a lot of the guys in the post,” Morris said of Releford, who averages 6.1 points per game off 56.1 percent shooting.

Releford followed his crowd-pleasing second-half dunk by burying a three on KU’s ensuing possession.

“I was just feeling it at the moment,” Releford said. “Make a layup, a close shot, then it just seems easier.”

A regular member of the rotation who has started four of 14 games, Releford said he’s relished playing an average of 15.3 minutes per game.

“It’s a lot of fun coming from sitting out the whole season,” said Releford, a red-shirt last season. “All the hard work I put in and being able to come out this year and show it off, it’s been a lot of fun.

“The year paid off a lot, with my confidence, with my jump shot,” Releford added. “As you can see, I’ve been making it. Just learning more about the system.”

Self said there’s always room for improvement.

“I want him to be our best lockdown defender,” Self said, “and he is not that yet. I’m not saying he doesn’t defend. I’m saying for him to become a great lockdown defender, still there’s room for that. It’s what I’d love to get from him off the bench.”

Morris on latest Wooden list: KU junior Marcus Morris is one of 30 players named a Wooden Award midseason top 30 candidate. Other Big 12 players on the list: Marcus Denmon, Missouri; Jacob Pullen, Kansas State; Alec Burks, Colorado; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor.

Daniels update: Several national recruiting analysts believe DeAndre Daniels will soon commit to KU over Texas and Kentucky. Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com says Daniels, a 6-8 forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., is likely “waiting on certain non-athletic financial aid paperwork to go through.” KU has a full allotment of scholarships awarded for this season, so Daniels would need to acquire a Pell Grant or some sort of academic scholarship to have his tuition, books and room and board paid second semester.

Robinson returns: KU sophomore forward Thomas Robinson returned from hometown Washington, D.C., Thursday in time for practice. He had headed home earlier this week for his grandmother’s funeral. KU will next meet Michigan at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Comments

Varlo52 3 years, 11 months ago

TR2 has been a pleasant surprise, but totally off topic, I hope Michigan figures out where Sunday's game is to be played. As of yesterday their official site still showed it ">"@Kansas."

Ashwin Rao 3 years, 11 months ago

Hope we don't land in MI and they land in Lawrence! That would not be nice!

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 11 months ago

They're probably just preparing for it like an away game, because they know that we will probably own most of the seats in their gymnasium.

Clarence Haynes 3 years, 11 months ago

I tink that we better step it up and bring our "A" game early on against Michigan. This is no cupcake team!

HawkInAL 3 years, 11 months ago

We could always send our first team there and leave the second five in Lawrence just in case.

Either team will do the job just fine....

HawkInAL 3 years, 11 months ago

pick five names out of a hat... that ought to do.

Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe because it's still early. But, The scholarsip issue with DeAndre Daniels seems confusing. How do our scholarships for this year affect next year's incoming players? If he has to seek alternative forms of assistance for the second semester, what would his status be for the first semester? And, would he be considered a walk-on if he is not a true scholarship student-athlete in the traditional form of scholarship? C.J. Henry played without a scholi. But, in his case, he had other means to pay for expenses.

Clarification Gary?

Ben Kane 3 years, 11 months ago

because he will be attending class this semester.

Ben Kane 3 years, 11 months ago

he would be on scholarship starting next year.

LAJayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

chuckberry is correct. He will be enrolling for Spring 2011 and will practice with the team, but will not play until the 2011-12 season. We do not have any scholarships left for THIS season, so he needs alternative aid for Spring 2011. As chuck said, he will be under an athletic scholarship starting Fall 2011.

Nutflush21 3 years, 11 months ago

DeAndre Daniels is looking to join the team immediately and attend school this spring semester. He wants to get acclimated to the college life and practice but not play this year. We currently do not have any scholarships available, so DeAndre will have to pay his own way one semester.

ParisHawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Agreee with Nutflush21, except that DeAndre Daniels probably does not want "to pay his own way this year."

Some posters have suggested that a current player give up his scholarship. Apparently, either Self refuses to take back what he has already given, or the NCAA doesn't allow splitting a scholarship between two players the same year. Either way, I approve.

Now there is talk about getting Daniels a non-athletic scholarship or grant -- just for the rest of this year, because next year scholarships are available. This worries me: won't it appear that we are giving an extra scholarship to a player while pretending it's not an athletic scholarship? If we are going this route, I hope our compliance folks are working to get NCAA approval, otherwise we could be looking at sanctions.

Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 11 months ago

Financial Aid is given to millions of students every semester all over the country. If Daniels can prove that he is worthy of some assistance to attend college, he will be given some money to help him do that w/ the obligation to pay it back. If he is deemed not worthy of financial assistance, then paying for a semester of college is probably not a problem for his family anyway. Their is nothing illegal or wrong w/ filing for a loan, like I said, people do it all the time. No big deal here at all.

Nutflush21 3 years, 11 months ago

Scholarships are awarded on a year by year basis. All of the 2010-2011 scholarships have been awarded and you cannot rescind a scholarship mid-year.

Also, Pell-Grants are available for all students, not just athletes. so I doubt we are bending any rules. And as Keith said below, Im sure the athletic department is on top of the situation.

rockchalk_dpu 3 years, 11 months ago

Believe it or not, scholarships are actually awarded on a semester basis and the coaches must re-up your scholarship at semester, or notify you of their intentions to pull it. So in theory, a player could lose it at semester if their coach so chooses, though I can't think of a time this has ever happened in major college sports.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 11 months ago

Do you not think Self and Compliance are on top of this situation? What a dumb statement. LMAO

Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 11 months ago

Could've done w/out the hate, jerk. What a dumba$$ you are. LMAO

KU_FanSince75 3 years, 11 months ago

Releford is a gamer. He has spurtability. All the hard work (sitting out last year) is paying off. He has a great attitude and he accepts his role, whatever it is. That helps the Jayhawks! Rock Chalk!

100 3 years, 11 months ago

Now here is a post that hints at you actually being a real fan that watches the KU games. That's nice to see. In short Brady is a glue guy & has done a good job by example over the last couple years showing more athletic players how to be solid. That said now that he's out of the starting lineup he doesn't look as solid, but he's still no slouch (keep in mind with Brady's help we were one Sherron defensive stand on Lucas from the Elite 8 in 2009).

That year in itself was a good amount of equity for Brady. Now that the other athletic players are following his lead & taking many of his minutes, we should salute Brady. He's part of the team & he's as much Jayhawk as anyone else.

Also since your post shows me that you appear to care enough about the KU basketball team enough to watch it & know who is doing well on the team, I would love to know something else about your apparent Jayhawk heart.

Why the hate on Coach Gill?

He's only recruited the best class in the history of Kansas football, including several notable talented swipes from other decent D1 programs (Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Missouri).

And that goes without talking about one of two of the best dual threat QB's in the nation coming to Kansas next year, one of them, 6'4".

Or Julius Green, the mean & fast 6'7" 270 pound defensive end/tight end, who runs a 4.6 with acceleration like a Porshe, has hands as soft as two oversized down pillows & a hit as hard as a titanium wrecking ball.

Don't you see if you really hate on Coach Gill it just makes him recruit better?

And why the hate?

Don't you see the future of KU basketball is directly tied to the success of KU's football in the near future?

Don't you see that Gill has brought in a tremendous amount of respect & a tremendous amount of top tier recruiters onto our campus?

Why the hate on Gill if you really do love KU basketball?

Unless you really are a troll, your passionate hate for Gill really doesn't make sense until you explain it.

FreddyinLA 3 years, 11 months ago

Rele is my preseason MVP.

Best off the ball defender. Shooting the ball as well as anyone. Great team guy. In both the bigs and guards rotation. Great Attitude. Smart on the court. Makes good decision with the ball. Leads the team in windmill dunks.

Reminds me a lot of Steve Woodberry.

Funhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes, local players like Steve Woodberry, Wayne Simion, Patrick Richey, among others, make the most of their opportunity to play for the college they grew up idolizing. Its fun to watch local players who were high school superstars continue at KU. Local players really do give it their all.

clevelandjayhawker 3 years, 11 months ago

Still....What was the good news we were suppose to hear about yesterday? And Travis is making up for lost time!!!

duanep5ku 3 years, 11 months ago

Jayhawkinnebr I'm curious to no can you make a day without showing us you do not like Brady because we all get that,so move on. I get what you saying but to keep ripping on a Kansas player that still wears the Kansas uniform day after day is just wrong because it really does not matter what you or I think or anyone else thinks about him. Brady is playing for KU and if Self plays him that's all that should matter to the KU fan base because he's in charge of running the team,not you. 'Oh if you don't like it feel free to apply for the job as head coach,that should get a nice laugh

Ian Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

I kind of feel sorry for the "Brady Basher Brigade." They have jayhawkinnebr in their corner. I'm embarrassed that he calls himself a Jayhawk fan.

I actually have respect for most of the anti-Brady people out there (HighEliteMajor, for example.) Most of you bring up compelling arguments and some valid points when taking your stance against Brady. More importantly, most of you actually discuss various other topics and concerns regarding Kansas basketball without having to mention Brady in every single post.

What I mean to say is that it really must suck when you guys make a decent, coherent argument regarding Brady's ineffectiveness on the court, and then that bumbling moron, jayhawkinnebr, comes along trying to ride your coat tails saying, "You're exactly right. Brady needs P.T. (that's Pine Time) and a lot of it. He's a glue guy, glue him to the bench. He should never see the light of day. Give him mop up minutes, make him mop the floor. Brady's a dud, flop, washout, drag to the team, blah, blah, blah, blah." And whatever other idiotic statements he makes in every post on every thread.

There's no way the guy is all there. I think he really needs some sort of psychiatric help. I'm beginning to feel sympathetic towards him, too. It's quite sad.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

Some of us get lumped in with the "Brady Basher" people... In reality, I think Brady should see maybe 10-15 minutes a game on the court, I just think the rest of those minutes should go to EJ/Releford.

I still love Brady as a Jayhawk, he's give a TON to this program. For some reason it kind of seems to me like he looks distracted this year, not as focused or something.. I don't know what it is. I still love Brady as a Jayhawk though, I just feel for the team that some of his minutes would be better spent on EJ/Rele.

TLDR: I'm glad to see you don't automatically lump HEM and myself in with the guys like jayhawkinnebr, cause that's not us.

Kurt Eskilson 3 years, 11 months ago

Agreed, Theutus. It is totally possible to debate a player's relative skills and contributions without crossing the line into hateful disrespect. Posters whose comments can easily be summed up as "I Hate (Player)" are less than worthless to any reasonable discussion. Every intelligent visitor to this site knows the difference.

jayhawktalk 3 years, 11 months ago

Especially with the onset of Selby, Brady looks to be pressing and it is hurting his game. His athleticism is never going to match some (okay, almost all) the other players on the team, and if he has thoughts of playing the same kind of game they are, it will do nothing but hurt his performance. Assuming he reads posts on these boards - despite my better judgment, I would, if I were a player - most of the negative comments likely only encourage that behavior = vicious cycle/downward spiral.

The team doesn't need him to score in dramatic fashion, or to make the next highlight play. They need him to disrupt opposing offenses, move the ball around the perimeter, and ALWAYS look to make good passes into the posts, with stress on the word "good".

Heartbreaking to see some of the attacks on kids, not just Brady, for things outside their control, like athleticism. Criticize controllable elements like lack of effort or stupid decisions, fair enough, but, through snide comments (likely believed to be clever), to constantly belittle someone giving his heart and soul, much less someone finding his own at a relatively young age... The faceless internet allows some people way too much freedom via anonymity to abandon tact and decency - jayhawkinnebr has made himself the poster (pun intended?) child for such deplorable behavior.

jayhawktalk 3 years, 11 months ago

There needs to be an "Ignore" button next to everyone's name, so you could selectively cease a poster's existence on your screen. Jayhawkinnebr would get my single ignore vote.

I will give him this, he's found he's good at something, being insightless and irritating, and, in the face of mounting and vocal opposition, he is sticking with his strengths when other, perhaps weaker but more intelligent people, might choose to focus energies elsewhere. Then again, more intelligent people likely have something else to fall back on.

ajhk 3 years, 11 months ago

Ibrown3- right on, bang on, rock on.

There is definitely something behind jayhawkinnebr's blind hate.

The word on the street is...

jayhawkinnebr went to high school with Brady. During this time Brady was known as a bit of a stud. On a near nightly occurrence, Brady grew his display case of panty trophies by pulling randomly from his gaggle of groupies. On one of those nights, one of those double-baggers just happened to be our fellow jayhawkinnebr's one true love!

jayhawkinnebr, this is no place for personal feuds. Heck, Brady probably doesn't even remember her name. We can hear the pain in your prose, we know you've been cut deep, but please, cut us all a break!

and remember innebr, bros before hoes!

bradynsdad 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't think Brady is the difference between ku and a national championship. Sure E.J and Travis are more talented but that doesn't mean they always play smart. To start a trend where coach gives minutes to under classmen because their more talented than the upperclassman who have earned their way would make us identical to coach cal and Kentucky. He always said he would take talent over experience, but that hasn't won a national title yet. Self is brilliant in the fact that just because your an espn top thirty doesn't mean he gives you playing time. Brady may not be as naturally gifted as some of our younger players but I guarantee his basketball I.q. Is double.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

The debate isn't about two equal players...

The point most of us are making is that EJ/Releford are both BETTER players than Morningstar in almost every aspect... Brady can (as in he has in the past) played better defense than EJ... But EJ has greatly improved, and at this point judging both of them it becomes a wash to me defensively. Releford puts up as good of D as anyone in my opinion...

So what else does Brady have to merit MORE time than those two? Nothing in my personal opinion... EJ has controlled the ball better than anyone else this year (in regards to turnovers), so that can't be a reason...

Again, i hate to turn another thread into a Brady topic, so i'm going to say this one more time and be done with it.... I want to see Brady get time, he deserves it and he puts out... But we should be utilizing him as "fresh legs" that can come in and pester the hell out of people defensively. If we need any sort of offense at all, EJ/Rele should be in the game.. And their defense at this point is on par with Brady's. Maybe not Brady last year or whatnot, but Brady this year.

Hank Cross 3 years, 11 months ago

Agree. Brady can give 10-15 minutes a game around the tv time outs, at the very end of the first half to prevent someone else from picking up a silly foul, and at the end of blow-outs. He can also be of use as a temporary place holder if Self needs to bring someone out to make a brief point, or to tread water a bit while Self works on any adjustments he made need to make. I don't think any Brady critic would have a problem with that roll.

Hank Cross 3 years, 11 months ago

This isn't a union, and seniority shouldn't matter. Does Brady try as hard as he can? Yes, but in the end, "can" matters more than "try".

In the era of the OAD, all that matters is preparing for this March. There is no time to build because unless there is an NBA lockout, Selby will probably be gone. We've got a limited window of opportunity with him.

To fully exploit the possibilities of a KU team with Selby, we need to develop players who can play at the highest level in about two months. EJ and Travis have demonstrated repeatedly that given the opportunity, they can bring so much more to the table than Brady.

That's not a knock on Brady. His talents are what they are. It's just they are not as good as those of some of his teammates that play less than him.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

that's not a fair comparison.

Travis and Elijah have outplayed brady at brady's game since Josh Selby Arrived. Coming into the game against UMKC ( and I don't have the box score in front of me.... They had 2 turnovers against those four teams. Brady had like 13.

To say we would be just like Kentucky if we gave minutes to the underclassmen is inaccurate because our Underclassmen are EARNING their shot.

Where was this discussion last year when Tyrel Usurped Brady's position last year? Tyrel Plays the EXACT same game as Brady and actually works out, and actually hits a jumpshot, he gets a chance to take Brady's minutes.

Right now it seems that alot of you posters are being shortsided by calling us the Anti-Brady Brigade. We just want to see the best this team has to offer, and i think ALL of us agree Brady isn't the 5th best player on this team.

John Randall 3 years, 11 months ago

waywardJay, you just continue to overmatch yourself by trying so hard to find logical support for your wrongheaded opinions.

Coach Self uses Brady very well – as an object lesson for playing TEAM basketball, which all these (not better, but) more talented players need.

Your illogical insistence that the team gets better with more speed/hops/shooting regardless of playing together to the benefit of the team is becoming ludicrous.

The development of these younger players benefits from time on the bench, watching Brady, just as much as from time on the court, thinking they already have mastered TEAM play. Thankfully, Coach understands this – which you apparently never will.

To make my point another way, consider the reason for Team USA being much more successful since players aren't chosen like an All-Star team.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow 62..... Wrongheaded....

Statisstical analysis..... Assists to Turnovers since Selby joined the team.....

Brady - 10 assists 9 turnovers..... Travis - 5 assists 2 turnovers..... Elijah - 13 assists 3 turnovers....

Considering Brady's shooting worse from the field, he's playing more minutes than either Travis or Elijah, and he's considered one of the "best passers on the team"... You would think this number would be better.

Brady - 9 Boards Travis - 10 Boards Elijah - 9 boards

Steals brady's got them, or not.

Brady - 7 Steals Travis - 7 Steals Elijah - 3 Steals

Considering Brady's only real ADVANTAGE is hustle stats, He's slightly more advanced on the perimeter than a 19 year ( at age 23 ), He's even with a 20 year old on Steals. Which is his calling card.

He doesn't board better than either, He marginally forces turnovers better, is a liability offensively and is turning over the ball at an alarming rate in comparison. Yeah, the Stats back up my Logic. Thanks for trying 62

I love Brady, just would love him more if Self would bury him on the bench.

Jack Wilson 3 years, 11 months ago

Basketball IQ is double? How do you figure?

This isn't even close. Can't believe there is even this silly debate.

"Sure E.J. and Travis are more talented but that doesn't mean they always play smart." Agreed, they both are more talented. Easy.

But then "... doesn't mean they ALWAYS play smart." Agreed. They don't always play smart.

Does Brady ALWAYS play smart? Really, though, how does Brady play smarter?

Just puzzling as to what about Brady attracts some.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

Agreed. SUP. Its on my screen stickie.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

Now I want to suggest the first improvisations off this new player classification: Travis ain't just an SUP, he's a Cayenne.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

"Its Friday, So Hurry Sundown"

~Project--List all the words you have heard used for "dunk," including any of your own favorites that don't get widely adopted, that you can think of. This excludes types of dunks; that would be another list.

Dunk Stuff Slam Jam Throw-down Posterization Rim Ram Zero Footer Point Blank

~Needed: some names for dunks, where the ball goes down and hits the dunker in his own face? I've always thought guys that dunk in their own faces need a word for this and I haven't heard any, though I'm sure they exist. Here are my suggestions:

Face print.--Who are you? the Law? You gave yourself a face-print on that last dunk. Wilson Blowback--Play of the Day except for the Wilson blowback. Ball-makeup--Man, you got some ball make-up on that dunk. Rim-stop--Nice , but you used your head for a rim-stop. Grille-press--I'm surprised you got any face left at all, after that last grille-press Leather Sanchez--Travis just gave himself a leather sanchez on that last dunk.

~Wild Hair Rumor: Self told the team before the UMKC game that DeAndre and Ben were trying to make up their minds about which school to attend, and then told the team to go out and play the game, as if they were trying to convince DeAndre and Ben to choose KU. :-)

Outta here.

Redlandsjhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

I was going to try and think of some names but after I saw "Leather Sanchez" forget it! I'm going to be laughing all day at that one. You definitely saved the best for last. Thanks for making my day and I'll be watching Sunday to see if anyone gives themselves a Leather Sanchez! Classic just classic.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

Thx. Wasn't sure how many would get that. Maybe a good sign not too many did! But like Travis, I was in the moment and had go with it. :-)

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 11 months ago

I think that you left off rim-rocker, and flush. Though I think that flush can maybe be used for any kind of made basket.

And I think that I like "pumpkin-stamp" for the head bounce after a dunk.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

that sort of thing should be immortalized by a namesake.

We need someone to provide us with nickname, on the grandest level.

My guess, it will be a european guy with serious A+ level hops and some questionable finishing abilities.

to it... I notice Serge Ibaka is in the slam dunk contest this year..... Could we simply call it a Serge ? or an Ibaka-wash ?

Joe Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

A source has confirmed, that after a very odd recruitment, one time Texas commit DeAndre Daniels will commit to the Kansas Jayhawks today pending completion of financial aid paperwork, and plan on enrolling there next semester. The plan is to sit next semester and be available for the 2012 season. The 5 star SF from IMG Academies has made trips to each of the schools in contention for his services over the last few weeks and finally settled on KU. Daniels is one of the premier scorers in the country and can score in various ways. As a 6′-8 small forward, Daniels’ game would remind you of Terrence Jones of Kentucky with his ability to face the basket and score with his back to it. Depending on who goes pro and who comes back next season, and with the extra time to get acclimated to the system Bill Self runs, Daniels could very well be a key part of the Jayhawks 2012 squad. Be sure to check out www.theshiver.com for the exact moment the official word comes down.

Joe Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

iSports Page- By Chris Resor

Hopefully TheShiver will make it official today. He doesn't name his "source."

The uk boards are really nasty toward Daniels. I wouldn't go there if you paid me.

Ron Franklin 3 years, 11 months ago

I love Brady.

But, he has just been the carrot dangling in front of EJ & Travis for 9 games.

Why would EJ & Travis work hard to improve if they were "given" the minutes from the get-go.

Just another one of Coach Self's motivational chess moves.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

Probably because they are both elite athletes who long term hope to make money playing basketball....

I'm honestly shocked that you think EJ and Travis require something this stupid to try at all... It's as ridiculous as Jaybates comment about Self telling MM to elbow someone in the face and pick up a flagrant.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

Major league piptchers never tell players to bean home-run hitters after they hhit a home run......

Football coaches don't actually organize their men on the sidelines, in a way that might actually trip an on field player.....

and In hockey, You never hear of an executive order from a head coach to use an enforcer to get into the head of a shakable Goalie or fragile player......

Why is it so unbelievable to think Self would say... Marcus, make the rest of them Earn it.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

waywardJay,

Exactly.

And I still think Self sent him out to get tossed. I've never seen such a panty waist elbow in my life. IMHO Marcus' heart just wasn't in that one, and as I said, the player that received the bow hardly winced, after faking a little flop away initially. A good bow is a gift that lasts!

But I realize I hardly have an open and shut case here and that most seem to disagree. I've gone back and wrung my hands about it. I've thought, well, quite a few bright aliases thought I was wrong. I also went through the alternative explanation drill: Self could have just had Marcus curse at a ref to get thrown out, so why throw a bow? Answer: why waste a throw out on a curse, when a good old fashioned elbow to the noggin would send a message to the XTReme Cheap Shotters that KU is willing to play this way, too. An ounce of prevention elbow now, being worth a pound of fighting in a big game later. It is the same reason KU was cheap shotting all over the place against Cal. Pre Conference is the time of year to get the cheap shotting on game tapes that will be viewed by opponents for the rest of the season. Now is the time to take a "throw out," or a "T," not in conference, when there is something at stake. Oh, but, so many sharp aliases think I'm wrong, I thought, oh, well I better dry wash and beg off.

In fact, I was almost ready to say, "I may be wr, wr, wr, wrong here." But then a little voice said, "But if Theutus thinks I am wrong, if follows like night the day that there is at least a 50/50 chance I am right." :-)

So, I dropped the subject and thought I won't be a bother to folks with this heretical notion to many, and a concept so complex to Theutus that it triggers him into perseverative uses of the word "ridiculous," which could easily lead to a bleed in his brain meat.

Besides, I can't prove it either, because no one ever admits to such things afterwards.

And Self denied everything and blamed Marcus just as he would, if it were a spontaneous stupidity by Marcus, or something contrived, as I have proposed.

But then Theutus T. Titwillow can't prove his case, either, or disprove mine. All he can do is risk brain bleeds with words like "ridiculous," which are admittedly heavy lifting for him, in lieu of proof. :-)

But relax with Theutus on this.

Always remember this about Theutus: Theutus thought Sherron Collins was no good.

Next.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

I never said Sherron was no good.. I said Sherron was bad for the team... And he was.

Sherron played "me" ball.. That's always how he played. Out of control and trying to do everything himself, to try and carry the whole team himself.

He was good sure, but that's not KU basketball. Sure he'll go down in history as a great, but look what happens when you put all your eggs in 1 basket.. 1 bad game and we drop to a nobody in the tourny. That's what a "me me me" style of game gets you.

Ron Franklin 3 years, 11 months ago

Theutus,

I know that it gets under your skin when people make matter of fact statements here....what I meant to say was

it's my opinion that EJ and Travis would work harder to improve if they were working toward something. that is simple motivational psychology, my man.

Also, let me clarify something for you. Elite athletic ability has NOTHING at all to do with mental acuity. See Mike Tyson, Vince Young & Randy Moss for examples of people who are 'elite athletes' yet don't motivate themselves.

Besides that, EJ & Travis are not elite athletes. Being really, really, really good doesn't make them Elite. Josh Selby, Derek Rose, John Wall, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan are examples of elite athletes.

These are young men, not grown men. They are still learning the ways of the world. They don't wake up everyday and push themselves to the fullest. They learn how to push themselves to the edge by seeing it done by other people (leaders), and then doing it themselves enough to get the confidence on their own. Only through repitition do they learn how hard it is to become the best. Kids aren't born with an intuitive scale that says "this is how hard you work....this is what hard work feels like, and this is what it feels like when hard work pays off." These are learned behaviors.

I'll give you a personal example:

When I was in college, I maintained a 3.25 GPA through my first 4 semesters. I was happy with that. Guess what happened when parents told me they'd give me $500 a semester if I got a 4.0. My transcript never saw another B.

So, you see, I always had the 'natural ability' to be a 4.0 student, but I needed outside motivation to actually get to that level of effort. I doubt kids these days are that much different.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

If you honestly believe Self is playing a lesser player consistently into the season just to try and motivate EJ and Releford a bit more... Well by all means, keep believing.

There is plenty of motivation on the table for both in playing professionally for them to put out. Whether that's in Europe or the NBA....

Self is playing Brady because he's always loved Brady. See I can make absolutes as well.

Ron Franklin 3 years, 11 months ago

Self openly benched Withey for Marcus.

He openly Benched EJ for Tyshawn last year.

Why?

Motivational Purposes.

So, you say a coach wouldn't play a lesser player to motivate? ?

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

There is a big difference between taking a starting spot and proving your point... And playing a guy tons of minutes for 14 straight games into the season....

This isn't motivation, it's Self playing favorites and I think most fans have realized that. I think that makes a lot more sense than "I'm trying to prove a point by playing Brady for 20+ minute 14 games straight with little to do benefit just to get you to try a little harder".

SCHNBALL 3 years, 11 months ago

The evaluation is spot on. As far as Brady goes, High Elite has him pegged, looks like a guy who knows he has been passed up by other players yet he is the senior, kind of feel for the guy, seems totally out of sink with the rest of the team. What a difference a few days of practice made for this team, glad to see that Self has not pushed them to hard early and hope that he keeps a pace to have them peak late.

I believe this team will struggle a little over the next few weeks, but I hope BCHS makes them dig out themselves. If this team decides to play defense for 40 minutes, the sky is the limit. With that said, if they don't come out defensively strong, I can see them losing a few games which bring me to the following:

over under on conference losses this year:

2.5 are you over or under

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

Over. as current. Might change my mind after Michigan. Baylor, K-state, Texas are all tough games alone. Baylor's in Waco, which should mean an L. K-State is in Manhattan and could be an L. We got two against a decent tigers team. Oklahoma State is always tough.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

BlownJay aka Blown Father,

I want to believe daddy on this one, as believing daddy always feels best, but I have to strop Ockham's razor a little this time.

Is Self capable of dangling Brady to blood the dogs? Yes.

Is that probably how it went down? Doubtful in my mind, poppa.

Of course, I don't agree with Theutus on anything except his assertions about unequivocally simple things, like pain hurts. :-)

So: here's my humble take for my very own BlownFather. :-)

Brady was playing better early, then went into a slump. Possible reasons approaching infinity, and as always including injury, sickness and the fair sex.

At the same time, EJ, who was being axed to play the PG, which is a bit more complex than the 3 spot, started with less competancy at his spot than Brady did at the 3, which said Brady has been playing 3 seasons now.

The Travis man started out fairly sharp at the 3 and got an early start. But he kind of muffed it. And since Brady played okay early, well, Travis saw his bowl of menudo cut way back in portion.

But then Brady started slumping and against Memphis, Self had to try something, so he plugged EJ into the 3 to replace slumping Brady, because Tyshawn seemed the new Mr. Steady at PG.

Why didn't he go with Travis that game?

Well, Self was having problems getting the kind of performaces out of Mario Little that he had hoped for, so Self had begun to use Travis as a competitor for Little's role.

Little's role was the utility man--the 3-4 swingman--the guy that Travis has subseqently become, when Little went for a little walk in the moonlight with waaaaay too much on his mind.

So, with Little out, Self turns to Travis as the utility man, which means he can't very well play the 3, when he's swinging at the 4 for foul prone bigs, while Withey clears phlegm, or whatever he was doing.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

Turned out Travis was really pretty darned good at utility man, or as the SUP (sport utility player), as slayr has tagged Travis recently. Personally, Blown Father, I call him the Cayenne, as in Porsche, in this role. Travis gave huge energy in the SUP role.

But at about the same time the Mario Little drama and his replacement by Travis was unfolding, well, then Self had a couple of other things keep him from moving EJ to the 3.

First Josh Selby comes in an blows the doors off the place starting at 3, which made Brady a back up at the 3 regardless.

Next, Tyshawn goes into a slump.

Boom! EJ, you are back at the 1 getting more menudo there until further noticias.

All the while, Self is giving Brady more shots at redemption, so that Self can really go 2 deep at every position and have two units, but Brady slumps deeper.

Despite playing Brady 15-18 minutes, Self also tries humiliating him with mop up minutes two games in a row. Even that does not work.

Which kind of brings us up to date.

A bunch of dunks on UMKC maybe aimed to entertain (and attract) Deandre and Ben don't, frankly, mean john shiz in terms of who is going to be playing serious minutes when the conference games roll around.

But EJ and Travis not coughing up leather fur balls all the time, or making hair brained choices, do mean they are now serious candidates for minutes gluing between The Twins and Selby, who remain options 1 through 3, unless Kieff has to go in for a psychological rebuild even before the real war starts.

I want to believe you about EJ and Travis being dogs blooded by Brady bait, Blown Father, I really do, because them being as awesome as you say would guarranty us a big time W&L statement and a deep run.

But I have to say it, pappy: Nothing be writ yet.

We know Brady, when not slumping, can play and guard future NBA players like Chase Budinger at 6'7" and with a lethal gun. We know he can play and guard guys in the round robbin of the B12. The other coaches have already exposed all his weaknesses the previous two years and he could keep up, though not excel. We know he's slumping right now, as most players do for a couple of weeks, or more, during a season. Tyshawn slumped almost an entire season last year. What we don't know about Brady is this: will his slump end soon, or will it go on and on like Tyshawn's did last season?

Hank Cross 3 years, 11 months ago

"We know Brady, when not slumping, can play and guard future NBA players like Chase Budinger at 6'7" and with a lethal gun."

There are so many things wrong with this sentence it's hard to know where to begin. First, just because Brady stopped Chase in one game doesn't mean that he can consistently stop NBA level talent, or even above-average college talent. Any NBAer would torch him at will. He couldn't even stop Honeycutt from having a career game. Further, as the season goes on, he starts fatiguing and committing fouls as quicker guards go right past him.

As far as his offense goes, it's not a slump, it's his career path. When you're a 5th year senior and have played as many games and minutes as Brady has, and have SEVEN (7)- double digit scoring games in your entire career, you're not a "lethal gun." Travis has 4 and EJ has 3 double digit games this year. Both of them probably would've had more if they had some of Brady's minutes.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

What we don't know about EJ and Travis is: what will happen when EJ and Travis meet guys who are proven D1 and top tier B12 opponents. What will they do, when they actually have to play grind it out, and all their weapons are taken away from them on the second time around the league? How deep is their character? How bad do they want it? What do they do when the baddies come to hurt them? Are they like the chumps on the playgrounds that shuck and jive and sucker punch 3 on 1 until a gang 5 good and bad "m!@#$%^&ers" show up and they tuck their tales and play like good little boys taking their beating poe-litely?

You know what I am saying here, Blown Father, and so I feel comfortable in saying it to you, of all poppas.

You are a fair daddy.

You know the game.

You know how players break under pressure--every size, every shape, every color--when they cannot do what they like to do for any length of time.

Some get better, some break and run.

But you never really know who until the combat starts and the not getting do do what they like drags on awhile.

Brady may well be breaking under pressure right now.

But I have a hunch a player that survives X Henry and Frank Matriciano is probably not breaking from competitive pressure.

The odds to me are: Brady is slumping and in Self's toughening box. Brady may have burn out, too. A lot of seniors get it.

My prayer, Blown Father, is this: both Brady comes out of his slump and EJ and Travis prove real, and not just guys who will fold in war time, go into slumps, and have a bunch of flaws exposed by coaches on the second trip around the league. Why? Because unless affirmatively answered prayers ensue, it could be another heart breaker come March.

And you know its so, Blown Father.

Still, we will never know the answers to the prayers about EJ, Travis, and Brady until the real war starts.

Rock Chalk!

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh bate... I respectfully disagree. On both Travis and Elijah's part.

Travis was brought in and not promised a thing. he came in and impacted some games as a freshman. Thought minutes could be his in year 2 and then Cal jumped, Xavier and Cj jumped.... he bought a red jersey and worked.wroked. worked. Like the little worker bee he is. Think this year was his time.

Elijah was waiving his Kansas Jersey at Rupp Arena. Flaunting it infront fo the OTHER blue.... tenacity is in his heart. So he comes to Kansas and doesn't get a look. Behind sherron Tyshawn, Tyrel, and Brady ( past semister 1 ) Eliijah struggles and shows his color. works works works like a little worker bee that he is.... Thinking this year was his time.

Something that Both Travis and Elijah have shown is their warrior spirit. I don't think we can question that. Presented with being benched when you are used to being number 1 option can go many ways.Ask Jelan Kendrick.

The songs says..... "When the going gets tough....."

Toughness and iron will are not words we can use to describe Brady. Tyrel, Sure. But not brady. Brady's kinda like a more serious minded Luke Axtell. I mean, he loves basketball, but Brady did not Go R. Lee Ermey Like Tyrel Did. Infact, you can say his improvement over his career at Kansas has been comparable to the ascension driving from hays to Liberal.

If there is ANYTHING we can gleen from this, Elijah and Travis ( who seem to have a knack for playing together ) are much more durable in a mental capacity. their slumps are not likely to be projected as long or as disasterous as Brady's current malaise is.

Also, their physical conditioning is much more likely to be prone rebound to those big baddies that are a coming ( and they are a coming.... )... Brady's conditioning is for marathon runners. Elijah's and Travis's is for basketball players, but not only for basketball players.... basketball players expecting to play against Bigger players.

I would be highly shocked if a protacted slump hinderrs them for long stretches, their psychological makeup is tougher than brady's, and their physical makeup is tougher than bradys... SImply put.... If Bill isn't bleeding Brady ... he should be.

Theutus 3 years, 11 months ago

It may be me just looking for something, but it seems like Selby and EJ have a real good connection on the court as well...

When it comes to penetration and open shots, as well as alley oops etc.. Those two seem to run together really really well.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

This is veering off too much into a topic I promised Truthhawk and HEM that I would drop, so I'll just say this:

To be the best team we can be, we need them all to play up to their potentials.

Unproven guys have to prove themselves in conference competition.

Tested guys need to get it back together and play like what they are capable of.

If either does not occur, the team can not reach the potential it has been building toward so far.

Rock Chalk!

Ron Franklin 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't know if the BlownFather is a pun I'll ever live down.....I hope so!!

I was thinking in more simple terms than you, but this is a good assessment anyway.....

So you think Brady will command more minutes if he comes out of his slump??

If EJ & Travis can't hang with the big boys & only show up for the UMKC's then I agree with you. But, if we are seeing the real EJ & Travis, I think they've taken Brady's minutes, even if he's slump free.

The great thing about it is that we get to see it all play out!!!

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

Since our discussion is father to son and since it is peaceful and since it is just between us, I will go on a bit here, hopefully with Truthhawk's and HEM's forebearance and understanding that I am trying to avoid entirely the notion of Pro Brady vs. Anti Brady. And they can of course, as always, weigh in if they wish.

The "Blown Father" moniker was probably too obscure. Sorry. I meant it respectfully. You are BlownJay and you have playfully referred to Brady and me as your children. I have always been a big fan of Shaq, though I know a lot of board rats here are not. Shaq used to call himself Shaq Daddy back in the dark ages when I lived in Blow Dryerville. I affectionately began to refer to him as Shaq Father during his bouts with the cub, Kobe. Your writing style has a fatherly touch to it, so I dubbed you BlownDaddy, then it morphed in my mind to Blown Father.

Next, yes, Brady would play more, if he were to get out of his slump, but that's a big if. He's quite good as glue, when hitting on all cylinders, and a team with Marcus, Kieff and Selby firing away, and Tyshawn busily quarterbacking, needs some glue. But Brady would only get more minutes, if other guys slumped, or were to have weaknesses in their games exposed and exploited as the competition increases.

Someone has to slump and Brady has to get it together, for Brady to get more minutes, or even hold onto what he's got.

It was the same for players playing behind Brady in the early going. He had to slump. It wasn't enough for them to start playing better. When the slump endured, Brady began to play less.

To be clear about this, Brady has lost his 3 position minutes from two sources.

First, he lost a big chunk to Selby, because Selby was the number one player in the entire country in his class and came in and played like it after 9 games of waiting; those minutes he is unlikely to get back, unless Selby gets the blues from a woman, too, or unless Tyshawn gets injured and EJ and Selby have to begin sharing PG duties.

But Brady has also been losing utility man minutes on the perimeter to Tyrel, which most persons don't seem to grasp, plus a little to Travis and a little to EJ.

Brady used to cut into Tyrel's time with better defense and equivalent three point shooting. Now, Brady shooting poorly and making mistakes, while Tyrel's defense has improved sharply, makes it unnecessary to call on Brady as much, because Tyrel can go and go.

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

And then there is Travis. Travis might take more of Brady's minutes, but Self has Travis swinging 3-4 with Little out and Withey still not able to play 10-15 minutes. So Travis is busy bumping and grinding in the paint for half his minutes. But still, as Brady has slumped, there are now times when Travis stays in and shifts to 3, while Brady goes out for bone heading.

Next, Brady used to even get a minute or two at the point, when Tyshawn needed a blow and Tyshawn's backup, EJ, was still struggling with overstimulation-triggered erraticism. Brady got that either by playing some point, or playing some 2 while Tyrel rotated over to the point. EJ has dried that up and then begun eating into Brady's minutes at the 3 some.

Why do I mention all of this detail, Blown Father?

Because this team can still develop along two paths--the two unit path with 9-10 guys playing, or the one-unit path with 8 guys playing. (Note: they are not two full blown separate units, but rather two 3-4 player units that share one or two common players)

It is pretty apparent where Self wishes it would go. Though he talks a good game about wanting guys to separate, he keeps playing people as if he were preparing for a two-unit path.

Why do I say this, Blown Father?

Because, as of the start of the second week of January, Self has played all of his players about 20-25 mpg, or 10-15 mpg, or less, for the season.

The significance of this is considerable. As of today, Self has no players that are actually in game shape to go 35-38 mpg, or even 30-35 mpg, and KU certainly has not been playing a style of play slow enough for 7-8 guys to play the kind of minutes guys did last season.

Inference, Blown Father?

Self plans to play 9-10 guys as he has been, though the actual minutes played will vary game to game based on match ups.

So: he keeps trying to get Brady untracked, because it helps this scenario a lot if he can do so.

But it is nearly fish, or cut bait time.

If Self cannot get Withey up to 10-15 mpg, or if he cannot reinstate Mario Little, then he has to get Brady going to have enough guys to go the 9-10 man, two unit route.

If Self decides Withey, Little and Brady are not options, Self might well decide to slow it down, play through the bigs, with Selby greenlighted to shake and bade outside, and play 7-8 guys. In the 7-8 man routine, Brady could disappear entirely, if EJ and Travis pan out. Or if Self slows it down, needs mostly glue and Brady gets out of his slump, Brady might become very attractive again, as a backup to both Selby and Tyrel.

Things are more fluid than they seem to many, right now.

A lot is about to be written. Who will keep getting better? Who will stop getting worse. Injuries usually crop up, too, once it gets violent in conference play.

All I know for sure is that this team's best chance is to get everyone performing to the best of their abilities ASAP. It makes KU waaaaaaay more dangerous.

Alohahawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Off the subject, but, according to Zagsblog.com. the NCAA has officially, permanently banned Enes Kanter from NCAA competition. Can't practice with the team. However, Kentucky says they have assigned him as a student assistant.

After what they decided with the Cam Newton affair, I'm slightly surprised. Perhaps, the NCAA is getting more suspect with Coach Cal's behind the scenes shenanigans. I always felt the NCAA opened up a real can of worms when they OK'd a player receiving his basic expenses while playing with a professional team, as so often happens in Europe.

100 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the post.

I think we all must agree that this Kanter case was made extremely easy thanks to the Turkish team's manager mailing the receipts & copies of checks to the NCAA.

He didn't only get paid. He was on a professional team being paid a large sum of money to go along with untold daily handouts from professional players & agents.

By sheer definition, Kanter was a professional and now wants to go to college (bare minimum he was paid $150,000 with $33,000 left over and that's only the receipts the manager could find).

If Kanter was allowed to play, we may as well sign up Paul Pierce so he can finally be a senior at KU!

Alohahawk 3 years, 11 months ago

LOL. There are probably quite a few over 33, non all-star pro players with college eligibilty left, who yearn for all the BMOC love they enjoyed as student athletes. They'd probably jump at the opportunity.

100 3 years, 11 months ago

So the NCAA ruled (again) that Kanter cannot practice anymore with the Kentucky team. So while UK waited for this appeal Calipari found a loophole to allow him to practice with the team. But as of today, Kanter cannot take another shot at a Kentucky gym.

So what did Calipari do?

He immediately hired Kanter as a graduate assistant coach! (who somehow cannot play legally on the practice court according to the NCAA hammer that came down again today).

So what does Calipari say at the presser?

Anyone needing a laugh?

Here it is from the Lexington Herald Journal.....

...........

"""The silver lining is that Enes will always be part of this team," he said. "My job will be to prepare him for his entry into the NBA Draft, which this decision by the Association will likely necessitate. Enes will always be a part of our family and I plan to be by his side in the green room whenever he is drafted."

p>NBAdraft.net projects Kanter as the fifth player chosen in this year's draft. Draftexpress projects him as the fourth player selected.""

...........

So from this point on it appears Calipari's practices will be making sure that Kanter doesn't shoot shots at the gym and then at the NBA draft he can be on Enes's shoulder and take credit for the great NBA players Calipari is producing?

This is made even more comical if you saw Calipari's quote last year that "the 2010 NBA draft was the greatest day in the history of Kentucky basketball!!!!!"

jaybate 3 years, 11 months ago

100,

Graduate assistant? When did he graduate?

Shouldn't Kanter be hired as the "Ineligible Assistant?"

Now, here's a cool angle.

How about instead of red shirting guys, you make them Ineligible Assistants, er, Graduate Assistants and pay them a chunk?

100, this is a new low, even for Cal.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

We assume he graduated high school. You have to graduate high school to become eligible for college classes, and you don't have to be a college graduate to become an assistant.

He gaduated high school, and Cal is making him an assistant..... Get it....

100 3 years, 11 months ago

Jaybate & Wayward....

Funny, amazing & perfectly ironic all at the same time!!!!

Even more amazing is that even though the boy is permanently ineligible and apparently lied to UK at the beginning of his recruitment (Calipari maintained from the very beginning that Kanter was paid nothing) Kentucky administration, led by AD Mitch Barnhart & President Lee Todd, plan on continued paying for his education based on the fact that he is indeed on a scholarship to play basketball. I guess lying in his case is getting him a free education (because "he's a good kid!" said Calipari) or at least I guess as far as education at the UK junior college of major athletics, he gets to see both coloring books in the library...

All of this is very confusing. So now his schooling is paid for by Kentucky and Kentucky has hired him to be a graduate assistant because he graduated high school in Turkey. Oh and Calipari gets credit for turning him into a lottery pick of course.

All we are missing is Kanter being the middle man between the betters in Turkey & the Kentucky players in a flawless point shaving plot geared toward not only paying for future players like The Chicago kid who Calipari has already been accused of paying 100,000 a few months ago, but more importantly, the bigger goal of raising enough extra money on the side for Turkey to erect a John Calipari "I've washed my hands of it" statue.

jayhawktalk 3 years, 11 months ago

Kanter was a professional in Turkey making good money.

He left his pro career and the associated money in Turkey to play a year at UK, despite being widely acknowledged as an NBA lottery pick.

Obviously a leading question, but does anyone else question the motivation for him making the decision to walk away from a paycheck, and, rather than take the next big check, play "without compensation"...? Do they air a ton of UK games on TV in Turkey, and Enes wanted to play for them since his earliest memories... Somehow, I doubt this was the case.

I know it's widely speculated, but Kentucky really can't be more than a stone's throw from sanctions. Coach Cal is way, way more crooked than people even give him credit, and the UK boosters are apparently too stupid or arrogant to exercise discretion.

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how much the Kentucky boosters could come up with.... Auburn came up with 200 g's for Newton's daddy..... Could Kentucky basketball bing in 500 K ( for Kanter ) ????

100 3 years, 11 months ago

Calipari's crew has been taking a few hits this year... This one would have really damaged Calipari's honest Abe reputation had Kanter not suddenly come under investigation & stolen the headlines.... This article was a few months ago but was quickly swept under the rug by the Kanter story....

This from the Lexington paper:

""The Sun-Times posted another story Friday citing "sources from three separate universities" saying that the father of prospect Anthony Davis asked for between $125,000 to $150,000 in return for his son's commitment.

UK Coach John Calipari declined Thursday to comment on the initial report. "No, no. I won't bother with ridiculous things," he said.

The newspaper's article said that the NCAA was "checking" into the recruitment of Davis, who heretofore had been most famous for growing 10 inches in two years, a growth spurt that elevated him to the top echelon of prospects in the class of 2011. After visiting UK recently, Davis reportedly said he had made his college choice but would wait an undetermined time before announcing it.

When contacted Wednesday, Davis declined comment.

Spokesman Chuck Wynne said that the NCAA does not comment on any review conducted by its enforcement staff.

A statement released from the UK athletic department noted that the Friday story followed denials by UK and Davis' father.""

waywardJay 3 years, 11 months ago

Now that's too far.... There is SOME benefit to brady. When hot, he's a good shooter. He's a decent post passer but tends to telegraph perimeter passes. He plays hard. He just lacks tha talent of the rest of the team. Self should use him more sporadically. He can play faster for short bursts of time and cause more havoc defensively.... 5-10 minutes at most per game, unless his shot comes back... Then no more than 15 unless foul trouble.... and never at the expense of either Elijah or Travis.

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