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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recruit Trevor Lacey through visiting

Basketball guard to make choice on May 18

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Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Huntsville (Ala.) Butler High who completed an official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University on Monday, will not make any more trips to schools, Lacey’s dad told Rivals.com on Monday.

Lacey, Rivals.com’s No. 24-rated player who averaged 31.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.6 assists a game this past season, will choose either KU, Kentucky, Alabama or Auburn at a 2 p.m. news conference on May 18 at his high school. He had considered visiting UConn and/or North Carolina State.

“The visit was unbelievable and we had a great time. The thing that stood out most about the visit is how comfortable Trevor is with the players. The coaching staff is great and it was everything you look for in recruitment,” Lacey’s dad, William Pride, told Rivals.com.

Traylor to visit Tech

KU target Jamari Traylor, a 6-7, 220-pound senior power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will visit Texas Tech before making a final decision, Traylor’s high school coach told Rivals.com. Traylor has visited KU, Indiana and Oklahoma State. May 18 is the final day of the spring signing period.

KU also is awaiting word from DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 forward from IMG Academies who is down to KU, Duke and Texas. He has set no date for his final decision, but many analysts assume it’ll be announced on May 18.

Twins update

ESPN’s Chad Ford, who watched KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris work out last Friday in Florida, projects Marcus in the Nos. 5-15 range in the June draft. He projects Markieff in the 7-17 range.

No. 18

KU is ranked No. 18 in the country in ESPN reporter Andy Katz’s current preseason top 25, released Monday. North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio State are ranked Nos. 1-3. The only Big 12 team ahead of KU is Baylor at No. 16. Texas A&M is 20 and Missouri 22.

Comments

jayhawktalk 2 years, 11 months ago

@IrishDaddy - for a time, I was mildly amused by your posts. You carried the trolldom banner as what I would classify as a "happy" little troll, rather than the typical, bitter little troll taking shots motivated (usually obviously) by jealousy. That said, considering the frequency with which you post recently, I am developing a tolerance, and you are just too easy to ignore these days.

While I suspect you are an extremely confused and conflicted individual, closet KU fan, probably pleasuring yourself while clutching a Jayhawk stuffed animal at night, far be it from me to buy in to a codependent role; no more posts from me in your direction in the foreseeable future, and I would encourage the same approach by others contributing (please do not feed the trolls). Time for you to wrestle your own demons. Best of luck.

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Brian Powell 2 years, 11 months ago

lol preseason rankings. will they ever learn??

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Nicholas Cederlind 2 years, 11 months ago

Trevor's dad seems to be coming from a place of trying to compliment KU's recruitment enough so that we don't feel too bad when we're not chosen. I don't doubt the genuine authenticity of Mr. Lacey's comments but people who've made up their minds on a school usually talk about how they fit into it, not how awesome their visit was. I think we are a close 2nd in the hunt for Trevor but i will hold out hope!! Ya never know what Self can pull off late!

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lee3022 2 years, 11 months ago

Post-season polls before even the signings are done are silly. These writers get us to read them and they are so very debatable because nobody really knows. Consider how badly the pollsters do just before the tournament every year and then take that exponentially to 10 more months in advance.

The only prediction that makes any sense is that KU will be Big XII league champions in MBB in 2011!

This report on Trevor Lacey is a good case in point. Should Trevor choose to take his talents to Lawrence the CBSSports.com poll will change KU from 11 to 6. That will be a nice bump for KU fans but an even better publicity bump for Trevor. Should he sign onto UK there will be no change (likely a bench player in the minds of the pollsters) an either Alabama or Arkansas and there will be a possibility that either team might get honorable mention at this point in the season.

For players who want to go to the NBA it is mostly about ability demonstrated on the floor but also about publicity. For the best teams. ability on the floor is more about fitting in and playing teamwork defense and offense. Those abilities are greatly enhanced by KU which emphasizes family and teamwork and teaches the concepts to produce same.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounded so good, I posted twice!!

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

I feel he was blown away by Kansas, will call his buddy Deandre and in a joint satellite broadcast each will don a Jayhawk Beak Hat and break into the Rock Chalk Chant!!!

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

It sounded so good, I had to post it twice!! :)

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William Blake 2 years, 11 months ago

"Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Huntsville (Ala.) Butler High who completed an official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University on Monday, will not make any more trips to schools...."

Does that mean he has cancelled other trips and now knows enough to make his decision? Or does that mean he just concluded his visits, with KU right at the end?

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Kristopher Marshall 2 years, 11 months ago

Trevor Lacey is the exact type of player we've lacked for the past few seasons. I know that sounds silly since we've had the best basketball team in the nation for the past five seasons. Easily. However, the last player we had who was a scorch-the-net shooting guard was Mario Chalmers. Following Chalmers, S. Collins is the only other pure/streaky shooter that we've had for more than one season (Henry would have been even better as a soph.). But Collins at point guard got worn down at times having to be the primary ball carrier, distributor, and scorer. If Lacey is as good of a shooter and scorer as he is projected to be he will be an amazing pick for any athletic teams: Kentucky, Kansas, even Alabama. It’s pretty damn hard to cover athletes and then guard a spot shooter as well. With our additions this year plus the hopes of a stellar class for the 2012 season (Perry Ellis?), we will be right back to championship form. Not necessarily winning them, but we should have a team capable of winning a game in April. Especially if we get a pure shooter such as Lacey seasoned for a couple of seasons. Not likely for the ’11-’12 campaign, but soon after. Lacey wants to go to a school where he can play immediately. Of course he’d have to earn it in practice first, but we can’t win if we can’t put the ball through the bucket. I see no reason why he wouldn't be able to jump in and immediately contribute next year. We'll have Tyshawn as a senior PG (playing a season that will dictate if he plays for pay the following year), Thomas Robinson as a junior PF, Elijah at combo guard/backup PG, Releford, and the other freshman. There aren’t a lot of scorers on that list. We really need this guy or someone like him soon. I hope that it’s a good sign that he came here last and then decided he’d seen enough. I’m definitely going to be on the edge of my seat awaiting his decision.

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Jayhawklegacy 2 years, 11 months ago

Here's to hoping Jeff Withey is not on Ku's Website reading post! Instead he is in Russia training, like in Rocky 4, trecking through the snow and carrying logs. Hopefully he comes back with a Sausha Kahn frame!! I hope he is there right now in the mountains isolated in an old cabin with no heat, doing work!! All joking aside Withey I have faith in you, Kansas is known for developing the bigs! It is a known fact that our bigs get better, they have to. Please stay in Russia for a few months and come back with a hunger to be the best Withey you can be.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

I just read on Rivals.com that Kansas is listed as #10 as far as the 2011-2012 National Title contenders goes. Behind, not in any order, North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Louisville, Syracuse and Arizona.

This kind of recognition plus a preseason 18th ranking indicates this is may indeed a "reloading " year, not a "rebuilding" year.

If Trevor and Deandre show up, it could be a "redemption" year!!

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Scott Oswalt 2 years, 11 months ago

I actually ran into the bball players at the Cave (in the Oread hotel) on Saturday night. The twins, Trob, Tyshawn, Mario & EJ were all there. Oh ya, Lacey was with them. I had a couple words with him. It seems like he likes KU A LOT!!! He's a solid player/person that will stick around for a couple years. We need Lacey and Daniels BIG TIME!!!

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

Ten Ways to convince Deandre to come to kansas.

1] Kansas actually has a real basketball coach unlike Texas. 2] Never go to a school whose name rhymes with "Puke'. 3] Kansas BBQ is better than Texan or Carolina BBQ. 4] Orange is a wimpy color. 5] All the students at Duke are named either Todd or Barbie. 6] The Duke Blue Devils is a school for...oh, I don't know.....SATAN!!!!!!! 7] No one would have a higher ranking at Kansas. 8] Playing time, playing time, playing time......did I mention playing time?? 9] KU a real pipiline of NBA recruits. 10] Bring your Mom...everybody else does. :)

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kushaw 2 years, 11 months ago

Saw another poster just post this about DeAndre Daniels on twitter. I never trust twitter, but interesting nonetheless.

http://twitter.com/#!/SummerHoopScoop

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HawkKlaw 2 years, 11 months ago

Good ol' pointless preseason rankings. Wasn't KSU ranked no. 3 to start the season this year? That turned out to be pretty accurate lol. Forgive me for completely disregarding preseason rankings. They're sort of like NFL draft rankings by Mel Kiper; 100% meaningless.

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 11 months ago

Anyone else think that Godfrey from Iowa Stat would be a good fit at ku?

He made a couple of mistakes, so what, who hasn't? He could fit right in.

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kushaw 2 years, 11 months ago

According to the shiver, KU is putting some feelers out towards Nick Faust (One time Maryland early commit). I wouldn't read anything into it in regards to Lacey and DD. We won't know for sure about Lacey and DD until they actually commit somewhere on the 18th so no need to speculate unless something leaks out from their camps, but I doubt that won't happen until at least the 17th or the morning of the 18th.

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jaybate 2 years, 11 months ago

"Some Lesser Known Keys to 2011-2012:"

1] Tyshawn will have to call all plays in igPay Atin lay. 2] Elijah will have to correctly prophesy when he will throw a pass cross court to Self during a game, while leading the team in scoring. 3] TRob will not only have to be a go to guy inside, he will also, during time outs have to do an iron cross from rings suspended from the scoreboard, while the entire cheerleading team stands on his arms and does back flips to the floor. 4] BenMac will have to guard the other team's toughest perimeter scorer and also become the first Jayhawk to win a game with a trifecta taken from Daisy Hill. 5] Jeff Withey will have to become the first KU player from California to hang ten from the rim BEFORE jumping down to dunk the ball. 6] Travis Releford has to master the wind mill free throw in which he jumps 59 vertical inches, throws the ball at the back board so hard that it spiders and then back spins down into the rim for a made free throw. 7] Nadiir "The Tarp" Tharpe, so nicknamed for the way he completely covers defenders, has to take a ballet class and co-star with Natalie Portman in a sequel to The Black Swan, called The Crimson and Blue Swan, in which a deranged prima ballerina is saved from madness by performing on toe with the mythical Jayhawk in the little know ballet within a ballet version of William Inge's "Splendor in the Grass" called "The Glory in the Flower by Potter's Lake." Nadiir has to play the role of The Jayhawk, while giving 15 solid minutes of point guard back-up. 8] Justin has walk onto Naismith court for warm-ups before Texas and KSU and "hulk-out" of his top, as the crowd chants "David Banner, David Banner!" 9] Braedon must simultaneously explain the advantages of Labatt's over Coors, and show Danny Manning that he can guide cutters into the lane with a curling broom. 10] Conner must achieve total hair control in an overtime. 11] Oak must show that he has recovered from gutt surgery by having at least two KU offensive tackles stand one-footed on his abdomen.

(All fiction. No malice.)

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lrahardja 2 years, 11 months ago

Trevor has great jumpers,from the perimeter, great fit with KU offense, he will get minutes where Tyrel left. Come on down!!!

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REHawk 2 years, 11 months ago

18 rank quite decent for the start of another season. If we sign Lacey or Daniels, we could jump to 15. Sign both and maybe a preseason 12. I look to see another significant recruit appear before September. Frazzled old Dick Vitale had best remember his conceding edict: Big 12 title must go through Kansas!

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 11 months ago

Not being pessimistic just realistic but I feel that who we have on the roster now is just about all we're going to get [maybe Nino Jackson and/or Traylor] but Katz's 18th ranking is a recognition of a solid core.

Keys to 2011-2012: 1] Tyshawn continues to grow and mature. 2] Elijah let's his athleticism explode on the court. 3] TRob stays in "monster mode". 4] BenMac cuts down the dishes and increases the swishes. 5] Jeff surprises us all. 6] Travis moves up to the next level. 7] Nadiir is truly as good as his rep indicates. 8] Justin truly has "Langford-like" game in his genes. 9] Braedon can give five hard fouls every game and protect TRob. 10]Conner has a good shooting day and a good hair day every game!!

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 11 months ago

If recuits want to play against the best teams week after week after week, they will play in the ACC or Big East. I believe UCONN played against about 25 TOP 25 teams this year, a big 12 team might play 5.

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JJHAWK 2 years, 11 months ago

Lacey would be our biggest "get". Dangerous and dependable outside shooting might make the difference between an also ran and winning the big 12 again. Plus increase our odds for a deep run in the tournament.

Question I haven't heard addressed . . . can he play D?

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JJHAWK 2 years, 11 months ago

I think Lacey would be the biggest 'get'. Strong outside shooting with good ball handling - you can't have enough of. If he can shoot it like prior articles and a 30 ppg average suggest would make next years team very dangerous.

The one question I haven't heard addressed . . . can he play D?

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Kevin Studer 2 years, 11 months ago

Baylor is the highest ranked team in the Big 12 next season. Yeah...if they win the conference, even they will be stunned. Come on.

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tcombs41 2 years, 11 months ago

heres a highlight reel that should get everyone excited for basketball season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bvqcn...

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Jayhawklegacy 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like a great visit from Lacey, which I'm sure they all are. I just hope he knows the opportunity he has playing for the best college, best coach, and best fans in America! I have to give it to Daniels, he has been really low key in the last few weeks. It is really hard to find anything out on him! I would be more shocked if he picked KU over the Blue Devils though. I Really hope he realizes the opportunity like Lacey also. It is going to be a fun year, I think we play at our best when we are not top ranked in the country IMO. It always seems like we do so much better against better teams. I think a big part is because we have such athletic kids that are always looking for reasons to get juiced for big games!

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LAJayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

With Brandon Knight staying in the draft, my instincts tell me Lacey is headed to Lexington. I hope it's just years of being a Cubs fan that makes me assume the worst, but that's what my feeling is...

Also, "...Texas A&M is 20..."

I'm guessing Chad Ford made this list before tonight.... think that ranking will remain that way with Turg headed to Maryland? I'm guessing no....

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KUsmoothies 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds promising but I think with the core guys we have coming back we will still have a great year. TRob is going to be a beast, maybe even big 12 player of the year, plus Taylor is going to be one of the best guards in the country, not to mention the rest of the guys coming back are all going to be great players and hard workers. I think Withey is going to really surprise some people. If we get these recruits thats awesome but if we don't we will still be one of the best teams in the country and have a great opportunity for an amazing recruiting class 2012.

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Chris Bruning 2 years, 11 months ago

I think we are a longshot for Lacey and Daniels, doesn't matter to me though, you bet your ass ill be at late night and atleast three games just like every other year.......RCJH!!!!!!

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SoCalAlum 2 years, 11 months ago

Maybe he'll do that hat thing we all love so much.

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jhawkr 2 years, 11 months ago

It all sounds too "ROSY" for anything good to come out of it ..............

Ok, that was my usual pessimistic side coming out !!

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topcityjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Come on down..... Trevor Lacey you are the next Great thing for KU Basketball!!! As long as we get you and Daniels, we should be pretty decent. Rock Chalk baby!

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