Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recruit J-Mychal Reese’s dad not Aggie yet

J-Mychal Reese, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard, is ranked No. 59 in the Class of 2012 by

J-Mychal Reese, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard, is ranked No. 59 in the Class of 2012 by


College basketball recruiting notebook …

John Reese, the father of blue-chip senior point guard prospect J-Mychal Reese, told on Wednesday he was not leaving his head-coaching position at Bryan (Texas) High for an assistant-coaching post at Texas A&M.

The Houston Chronicle reported on July 17 that Reese later this summer would join Billy Kennedy’s Texas A&M staff. That move would have made the Aggies the favorite to land J-Mychal, a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder ranked No. 59 in the Class of 2012 by

J-Mychal, who averaged 28.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game for his dad’s team last season, is considering Kansas University, Texas A&M, Baylor, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Louisville and others.

Back in May, J-Mychal told that KU currently topped his list.

“I will have to go on some visits first,” Reese said. “I need to see some schools and find out where I fit the best. I want to be comfortable with my decision and make the best decision possible.”

Of course, it’s still possible his dad could take a college job after J-Mychal’s senior season and try to talk his son into joining him. It’s been reported that Baylor and Texas Tech also had interest in hiring John Reese.

“(A college position) is definitely in the realm of possibility,” John Reese told “I think that’s where all this started anyway, that I have a desire and will to get to the next level and coach, take on a new challenge, a new chapter in my career, in my life. Timing is the most important thing there, though. Right now after visiting with my family and sitting back and looking at everything we're looking forward to this 2011-2012 year with the team we have coming back,” added John, 44, who has compiled a 246-83 record in 10 years at Bryan High.

Big man update

Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot senior-to-be from St. Mark High in Southborough, Mass., scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the New England Playaz matchup against Connecticut Basketball Club at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. No. 2-ranked Andre Drummond scored 21 points for Connecticut.

Tarczewski, who has been off-limits to media during the summer AAU season, is expected to choose between KU, Arizona and North Carolina sometime in August.

“You love him (Tarczewski) because he can push people out of the lane, plays physical and is a back-to-the-basket guy all the way,” an unnamed major-college assistant coach told “The nice thing about recruiting a kid like that is that you don’t cross your fingers behind your back and tell him that he can play on the wing. He's not leaving the paint.”

Graham to visit

Rising senior-to-be Dillon Graham, a 6-4 shooting guard from First Academy in Orlando, Fla., tells he will visit KU in August. The unranked player now is hearing from hordes of high-major schools after exploding on the AAU circuit for the Florida Rams.

More on Shabazz

No. 1-ranked Shabazz Muhammad scored 18 points in Dream Vision’s 80-65 pool-play victory over Indiana Elite at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. The 6-6 combo guard — who has a list of KU, Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, UNLV, Texas A&M, Memphis and Texas — told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that if he had to set five campus visits today, they’d be awarded to Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Texas A&M and UNLV.


lee3022 2 years, 8 months ago

Ah, what a difference a day (or two) makes. Since Shabazz listed KU in order at #3 just a day or two ago in Las Vegas for I would not fret about this story. Perhaps he has seen enough (he was there early this summer) to not need a KU visit again.

I do shake my head that anyone ever would say a negative thing about a prospect on this board. Prospects do read what is written. Coach has a really hard job as it is to recruit the players he needs. Can we be part of the solution and not part of the problem?


Lebowski 2 years, 9 months ago

People hate KU fans for a reason... it's because of a lot of the dumba$$es that post on this website. And a lot of the fair-weather fans that talk a lot of crap in public but don't know jack about the team or the sport. I'm a huge fan of KU basketball... but not of KU basketball fans. Too many morons on here.

Those of you that know I like you... please forgive my mood.


ryanm1988 2 years, 9 months ago

It wouldn't suck if apheres stopped hating himself....


Jaminrawk 2 years, 9 months ago

I thought the NCAA was trying to eliminate the whole "package deal" thing. Hiring his dad would eliminate Texas A&M under that circumstance. Obviously this is not the case then.


gchawk 2 years, 9 months ago

I believe the operative word in the title of this article is "yet".


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 9 months ago

I say J-mychal does the first ever tatoo announcement. Forget the hats, have espnu put him on stage with a tear away shirt on and when he announces the jayhawks he rips his shirt of exposing big j (on his deltoid would be fine, but if he was really dedicated he would put it on his neck).


jhox 2 years, 9 months ago

It's probably best that we aren't in Shabazz's top 5. When the NBA lock out is over, it's likely they'll start taking players out of high school again. No point wasting our time kissing the kid's rear, only to see him sign with the Lakers.

Of course, maybe one reason he doesn't list KU is that he's been to Lawrence and seen the KU campus already. I wouldn't mind having him for a year, if things worked out for us, but if he's not serious about KU, it's better to find out now. We could lose other recruits at that position if they fear coming in and playing behind Shabazz, so if he's not interested in us, I hope he tells us now rather than later. Besides, we can't compete with what Slick Cal is probably willing to pay him (the Lakers may not be able to compete with that.)


jaybate 2 years, 9 months ago

~Nickname for Shabazz now that he has removed KU from his Top Five: Shabotch.

~“The nice thing about recruiting a kid like that is that you don’t cross your fingers behind your back and tell him that he can play on the wing." --unnamed assistant coach

Dear NCAA, investigate this unnamed assistant coach for lying to players about where they will play. Or does the NCAA condone this sort of recruiting?

~Father J'John Reese is trying to put some distance between father/son and this TAM job story. Let's hope he does the right thing for his son and lets him come to KU. And if John Reese can recruit Texas, then bring him on the KU staff.


IrishDaddy 2 years, 9 months ago

Hiring the dad of a recruit, as low as you can get !


phoggydrive 2 years, 9 months ago

"Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Texas A&M and UNLV". Take out hometown UNLV and one of these is not like the others. A&M??? A&M???


Carter Patterson 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh gawd, let's hope that aholeperse stops posting garbage everytime he gets online.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh gawd! Let's hope the football team is playing an away game when Graham visits


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