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Monday, June 27, 2011

Vandy transfer Andre Walker plans to visit KU basketball

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Kansas University’s six-man basketball recruiting Class of 2011 conceivably could swell to seven before the end of the summer.

Vanderbilt transfer Andre Walker, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Flossmoor, Ill., is expected to visit KU in coming days, Rivals.com reported Sunday.

“We’ll be there later this week,” Andre’s dad, Andre Sr., said via text message to Rivals.com.

Andre Walker, who averaged 3.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists while logging 17.7 minutes a game for Vandy his junior season, has visited Xavier and Northwestern in recent weeks. He’s also expected to visit Wichita State and Marquette.

Walker red-shirted the 2008-09 season after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament and has had injury problems since. He has one year of eligibility remaining. He does not have to sit out a year after transferring because he already has earned his college degree.

The Jayhawks have one scholarship available in recruiting. Former walk-on Conner Teahan, a senior-to-be out of Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst High, was placed on scholarship last year.

Robinson grows: KU junior forward Thomas Robinson measured 6-foot-10 in shoes and weighed 240 pounds (without shoes) at last weekend’s Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago. Robinson’s wingspan was measured at 7-foot-1.

Robinson, who was listed as 6-9, 237 last season, served as a camp counselor with fellow college big men Alex Brown, Wisconsin-Green Bay; Anthony Davis, Kentucky; Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota; James McAdoo, North Carolina; Aaric Murray, West Virginia; Alex Oriakhi, UConn; Mason Plumlee, Duke; Miles Plumlee, Duke; Jared Sullinger, Ohio State; and Yarou Mouphatou, Villanova.

Twenty-four high school big men attended, including three seniors who have KU on their list of schools: Mitch McGary, 6-11, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H.; Willie Cauley, 6-11, Olathe Northwest and Landen Lucas, 6-9, Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.

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Jeeveshawk 2 years, 10 months ago

He could be another Rodrick Stewart...

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AZHawk72 2 years, 10 months ago

Yo, Andre...

...this is a good place to go to school and is second-to-none in basketball tradition. I realize you've probably read about all these fairly talented young "pups" we've picked up lately, but don't let the numbers dissuade you. Coach Manning is going to need some serious assistance with this group, and a veteran will get more than ample minutes both on the court and on the bench. This group may inspire you to coach, and that's not a bad way to go.

I knew we never should have put-up those billboards on I-70.

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

off topic, but UConn's Oriakhi=overrated. His forte is garbage buckets. My soul aches that we didnt get to see UConn try their stuff vs. Twins, TRob, Tyshawn, Selby, and on-fire versions of Reed, BStar...

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 10 months ago

Roy must have had a huge YUK over this startling news.............

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Lance Hobson 2 years, 10 months ago

Jaybate you make the summer bearable.

RIP Lorenzo Charles. Finisher of the best finish in a title game ever. Even better than Mario's since that only tied it.

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 10 months ago

WOW, girlies, THIS IS DESPERATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mikehawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Unless there is another sleeper out there, and there could be, this potential signing looks like a "no brainer." What's to lose.

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kennethterry92 2 years, 10 months ago

We got the scholly and its good to have depth in case of injury plus he has experience at D1 level

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TheGiftedOne 2 years, 10 months ago

Small correction: Its Mouphatou Yarou not the other way around like in the article. Just sayin.

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jhwkfan162515 2 years, 10 months ago

The only problem I have with Walker is that he comes from a program that keeps losing in the first round of the Tournament...

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Jonathan Allison 2 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe that nobody's asked yet if he'll be eligible to play in 2011, or if he has to sit out a year for transfer rules.

There's always somebody who doesn't read to the end of the article before stupid comments begin flying out of their butt, right?

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

~To keep coaching fresh for KU players, Bill Self is reputedly rumored to have shaved whatever amount of his hair may actually remain after the Deandre Daniels recruiting experience (opinions vary widely on this issue), while Danny Manning is reputedly rumored to have let his last remaining hair grow out and be wrapped in a dense coil extending horizontally from his left temple. Joe Dooley is reputedly rumored to be breaking with his Columbo-rumpled look and reputedly rumored to be dressing up in Tom Ford's Autumn/Winter 2011 casual line, while Kurtis Townsend is reputedly rumored to invert his usual sartorial splendor by dressing down in a new line of retro double-breasted grunge wear sport coats called "Portland iFlannels" aka a "Cobain Tuxedo." No photos are yet available of Townsends new duds, but for a look at Coach Dooley's new raspberry look, click below. http://www.tomford.com/#/en/menswear/autumnwinter2011

~In an effort to improve the visual style of the home locker room at Allen Field house, OakvilleJHawk is reputedly rumored to have persuaded AD Sheahon Zenger to replace the current generic easy chairs at the players' lockers with famed designer Hans Wegner's eternally stylish "Ox Chairs". See example at the following link. http://modernica.net/ox-chair.html

~OakvilleJHawk is also reputedly rumored to have persuaded Zenger to replace the chairs in the visiting locker rooms with this recent Jasper Morrison design, an example of which may be seen at the link below. http://www.jaspermorrison.com/html/2207237.html

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

"Just Another Reputedly Rumored Monday"

(Note: the above title may, or may not, be sung to the oldie tune "Just Another Manic Monday" by the Bangles, which is reputedly rumored to be accessible in some form or other at this link.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZgLc...

~TRob is reputedly rumored to have been measured again today at Amare's camp and he is now reputedly rumored to be a footer. In fact, every big at the camp is reputedly rumored to have grown the last few days into a footer. In a striking coincidence, Amare is reputedly rumored to have changed his camp name to "Reputedly Rumored Footers by Amare."

~Similarly, Jordan Jueneman and Niko Roberts are both reputedly rumored to have grown to 6'9" and to have added 84" vertical leaps that enable them both to dust rafters in most parts of AFH sans ladders.

~Tyshawn is reputedly rumored to have worked on his speed with a quantum theorist on campus, so that TT can now reach the basket before his first step.

~Jeff Withey, Justin Wesley, Kevin Young, and Merv Anderson--aka the Slender Goal Tenders--are reputedly rumored to be wearing suspenders with their uniforms this season to keep their shorts up during XTReme Hopping.

~Coach Self is reputedly rumored to have had GPS chips imbedded into the hands of each player in his never ending quest to help his team get better at feeding the post and so cut TOs per game to the inverse of a Graham Number, the only number of TOs Self is reputedly rumored to be willing to tolerate.

~In this incredibly connected world we are reputedly rumored to live in, the GPS "post feeder chips" are part of a larger charitable donation of 6000 so-called "geezer chips" by an un-named firm. The geezer chips are reputedly rumored to have been imbedded into AFH seats of all alumni >75, to help them find there seats with their cell phones after the fifth trip to the restroom in each half.

~Also, in this incredibly connected world we are reputedly rumored to live in, the reputedly rumored addition of geezer chips in seats, will also necessitate some updating of toilets at AFH. The reputedly rumored new "smart toilets" are pictured and reviewed at the link below. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/16/numi-luxury-smart-toilet_n_850125.html

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theend 2 years, 10 months ago

Finally.....an article that is not about the NBA!!!

I find the NBA so boring.

Anybody else??

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sokanhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

This would be a great addition. A senior PF with 4 yrs of NCAA experience to come off the bench along with Braeden and Jamari. It would really help our depth. Also, we would have the scholarship we use on him available next year. Welcome to Lawrence, Andre!

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps the only reason not to sign Walker is to see if a gift would fall into our laps later in the summer .. leaving one scholarship open for such an occurence. Other than that, he would be added to our "stuff" to throw against the wall and see what sticks for 2011-12.

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William Blake 2 years, 10 months ago

"Thomas Robinson measured 6-foot-10 in shoes..."

Are those shoes the round-bottom Sketchers?

Is he as tall as 6'9" Cole Aldrich?

Why not sign Andre Walker? We have a spot and he'll be gone after 1 year. He also has experience at the college level...

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Woody Cragg 2 years, 10 months ago

If the Vandy guy transfers we may have to hammer the Tennessee Trolls!

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coloradojayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

OK. Too little time to check back through the archives, but to measure apples to apples, how tall was Robinson in stocking feet when he came to KU and how tall is he now without shoes. He's probably grown some, but I'd like to know that it was him, not just his putting on shoes for this latest measurement.

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jayhawktalk 2 years, 10 months ago

If the guards can spread the defense next year, which I believe they can, Robinson is, at worst, a second team All American.

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LeadTrader 2 years, 10 months ago

"....Robinson grows: KU junior forward Thomas Robinson measured 6-foot-10 in shoes and weighed 240 pounds (without shoes) at last weekend’s Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago. Robinson’s wingspan was measured at 7-foot-1...." Robinson is a Beast. He Maintains Discipline and Work Ethic and KU Goes Final 4 and becomes a Top 5 Pick in Draft. Rock Chalk.

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Lance Hobson 2 years, 10 months ago

I'll take a guy with a degree from Vandy and lots of potential for a good senior season. He's had the injury bug but may just be destined for something great when it all comes together for him...in Lawrence.

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 10 months ago

"Who is D'Man that would risk his neck For his brother man? Manning, can you dig it?"

Ok, so I took some liberties with the lyrics! Just got inspired for a second.

"Manning is a bad....shut yo' mouth" ( Sorry, it happened again!)

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

So: DMan might as well start his own DMan BMan camp. :-)

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't TR just 6'7" when he signed? Man these guys grow. TR@ 6'10" is enough to make an alum up his donation for better tickets.

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

100, AWare redefines OAD. Sounds like a good fit. Why did he leave Vandy?

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jaybate 2 years, 10 months ago

100, AWare redefines OAD. Sounds like a good fit. Why did he leave Vandy?

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100 2 years, 10 months ago

More info on Walker. Great character, smart kid with a great perimeter shot. As was noted he's already graduated from a top of the shelf academic program. Scored 10 points against UK and had 7 rebounds. Pretty much started entire career @ Vanderbilt except for during his time off from the ACL injury. Here's a writeup from his time in high school (of course Self & Manning would be getting a polished player from a solid Kevin Stallings run program four years later):

"Averaged 15 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a senior 2006 ... Named one of the most complete players in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, he helped lead the Vikings to the Illinois Class 2A sectionals in both his junior and senior seasons ... Named First Team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the Chicago Sun Times ... Named a McDonald's All-American nominee .. Selected to compete in the Illinois-Missouri All-Star game ... Named First Team All-Area in 2006 and Second Team All-Area in 2005 ... In summer 2005, Walker was a member of a Chicago Ferrari squad that won the 17-and-under AAU National Championship ... Broke the Illinois state record for most points scored in a half with 26 points during a contest at the Proviso West Christmas Tournament. Previous record of 23 points was held by Isiah Thomas who played at St. Joseph High School in Westchester ... Coached by Roy Condotti and Jim McLaughlin."

Seems like a solid player that can help next year. Besides his character, smarts & his game, my favorite part is he was born in March of 1988.

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up4par2000 2 years, 10 months ago

T-Rob is a beast!! Can't wait to see him stop kensuck's anthony davis & terrence jones. Its on Baby!! @ MSG November 15th....I can't wait. Rock Chalk Jayhawk

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waywardJay 2 years, 10 months ago

As for the Recruit.... Bring him on. He's giving us one year... HOpefully that year can bring him a ring.

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100 2 years, 10 months ago

Tack onto our roster another 6'10" player with a 7'1" wingspan...

Keep drinkin that milk Thomas!

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