Originally published October 13, 2011 at 05:24p.m., updated October 14, 2011 at 12:49a.m.

Lots of new faces …but will they all play? McLemore, Traylor still ineligible

The Kansas newcomers clockwise from front are Naadir Tharpe, Christian Garrett, Kevin Young, Merv Lindsay, Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor.

The Kansas newcomers clockwise from front are Naadir Tharpe, Christian Garrett, Kevin Young, Merv Lindsay, Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor.


Ben McLemore says that, outside of basketball, his greatest talent is ... dancing.

“I wish I could sing. I definitely can dance. I’ve got the dancing skills and the moves. I can’t wait until they tell us what’s going on so I can play in Late Night and show everybody I can dance,” McLemore, KU’s 6-foot-5 freshman guard from St. Louis, said with a smile.


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As of Thursday, it had not yet been determined whether McLemore and fellow freshman Jamari Traylor would be able to participate in tonight’s Late Night in the Phog, set for a 6:30 p.m. start in Allen Fieldhouse. They’ve both been able to attend class and play in unofficial pick-up games since an NCAA ruling on Sept. 8, but they cannot participate in official team activities as they await word on their eligibility from the NCAA.

KU coach Bill Self implied at Thursday’s media day that an announcement may be coming soon indicating the two would not be cleared to play this season — “We still have hope, but we’re not holding our breath on that situation at all,” he said. Self nonetheless wants to see the duo at least sing, act, dance ... and play tonight.

“They won’t participate in practice. I just want them to come out there and be a part of the team, and I don’t see how that affects anything,” Self said. “But based on the information we have right now, that determination has not been made whether or not they can come out there and be a part of the festivities with no regard to practice.

“I don’t understand that one, so that’s one we’ll continue to fight for until Late Night to see if that can happen, because they deserve that.”

Self did not sound hopeful that the two would be deemed eligible for participation their freshman seasons.

“I’ve held off talking about that, but they know where they’re at. And they know we’ve tried, and we’re trying to get some things done,” Self said. “And obviously, we haven’t got the answers that we want, because if we had, we’d have shared them with you. That’s a factual thing. It’s not totally negative. I’m not saying that at all. We still have hope, but we’re not holding our breath on that situation at all.”

Self said he was not upset at the NCAA Clearinghouse.

“The NCAA has been great. I mean, we can agree to disagree,” Self said. “But it’s not because of anything they’ve done. They’ve been fair and responsive. We are still holding out a little bit of hope. They’ve made it pretty clear that this is what they see as of now. Hopefully I’ll make an announcement sooner rather than later, so these kids can know the situation where they are at,” Self added. “They know what’s going on. ... The thing about it is with those two kids, it’s unbelievable to me, their attitude with me is, ‘Hey, coach, we’re going to be OK.’ I’m amazed how good of an attitude they have. They haven’t missed a class. They are caught up academically after starting late. They feel they have something to prove more than basketball, which isn’t a bad thing.”

Freshman Braeden Anderson recently was deemed a partial qualifier and left KU after the Big 12 faculty reps did not approve him for aid. Had he been given the OK by the Big 12 faculty reps, he could have practiced second semester and been eligible next year with four years of eligibility remaining.

Traylor and McLemore have been on scholarship. They have been allowed to attend class and play in unsupervised pickup games, but not take part in official team activities.

Their continuing presence on campus seems to indicate that a possible scenario might involve the duo being allowed to practice second semester but not play in games until next season.

Nobody’s saying that is definitely the case at this time.

“I usually come in coach’s office, talk to him, ask him what kind of feedback he’s getting for us,” said McLemore, who started at Wellston High in his hometown. Last year, he attended both Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and Christian Life Center in Houston. “We’re just waiting. A lot of players are praying for us every day. Hopefully they will make the decision and we’ll be able to play this year,” McLemore added.

Traylor, a 6-8 forward from Chicago, attended Fenger and Julian High Schools in the Windy City and IMG Academy in Florida last year.

“I hope there’s hope, but it’s a process. I’m just waiting,” Traylor said. “I know my coach is working hard on it. I am happy to be here and have the opportunity to go to school. I’m not sure what the problem is. I just hope the decision comes out in my favor.”

The two were not able to participate in the recent Boot Camp conditioning program.

“I don’t feel I’m behind. I know if I am behind I’d get caught up pretty quickly because coach Self is one of the best coaches in the country,” Traylor said. “I would just love to have the opportunity to be out there.”

Noted McLemore: “It’s been hard not getting to do the individual workouts with my teammates. I am not going to let it get me down. I’ve mainly been focusing on school right now, going to class getting my grades up.”

Self noted that it’s a positive that the two have been able to go through this period of uncertainty together.

“They don’t feel sorry for themselves They are getting three squared (meals) a day and they’ve got a big bed to sleep in. That’s the reality of it. They don’t see it as a negative. They have people who care about them. They don’t like it but are making the best out of the situation,” Self said.


kureader 7 years, 2 months ago

At first the NCAA doesn't even let these student/athletes go to class. And now, it's October, and the NCAA still doesn't know if the kids can practice?

Wow, NCAA! Is this decision really that complicated? Or, are you guys just really really busy? Or... maybe you're just bunch of arrogant, powerhungry boneheads?

UmbertoConforti 7 years, 2 months ago

Of course, they are a bunch of arrogant, power hungry boneheads, making big time livings off the sweat of college athletes. They and the BCS have further destroyed college athletics. Sad part is the NCAA was once a useful group.

TenaciousD 7 years, 2 months ago

I could be wrong, but the article reads like the NCAA has already told HCBS "no" but KU is appealing.

“I’ve held off talking about that, but they know where they’re at. And they know we’ve tried, and we’re trying to get some things done,” Self said. “And obviously, we haven’t got the answers that we want"

Some of the delay could be on KU's shoulders and not all the NCAA's doing.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 2 months ago

I think you are right. I think the NCAA has come back multiple times with a no answer and KU has provided additional information trying to get approval.

Unfortunately, it looks like they are delaying, but in reality KU has probably appealled multiple times.

cwf414 7 years, 2 months ago

I just want to know who we pissed off at NCAA HQ?

selfishhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Recruit in the gray long enough and the NCAA starts to pay attention to your program. You can thank HCBS.

Also, not to go into this again, but we all had opinions on this year's recruiting class. Which, regardless of your loyalty to the Head Man, was indisputably not very good. Now it looks even worse, since 3 of 4 players signed aren't eligible to play and one left the country. Bang up job Mr. Self.

AverageCitizen 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sick of negative KU fans that blame Self for everything. He didn't pass up blue chip recruits with good grades to take Anderson and Traylor instead. Bill went for the next best thing after we didn't land who we wanted. It was worth a try since we need players. Ben is the only highly rated kid we took a chance on and it's not his fault his public high school closed which started him looking for other schools. Good grief, can't you be positive......or stay quiet...... on today of all days when we are celebrating our basketball program?

selfishhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Now that's a funny response! Who is responsible for recruiting? Who should I blame? That dang cookie monster is hurting our program!

Kenny Terry 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't know what else the NCAA has to look at. If they are on scholarship and going to class then shouldn't that make them eligible to play?

Pbbut 7 years, 2 months ago

Don't FB players have to go through the same process? How do they get hundreds of FB players cleared before fall practice but can't get a couple hundred DI BB players cleared? The FB players know before fall starts and have a chance to follow through on a plan, go to JC in time for fall practice. The only incompetence is by the NCAA, and of course they'll still cash the check at the end of the tournament, but rest assured it won't go to hire staff to get students cleared.

This is from the same clowns that tell us it's all good with Auburn football.

johnnyphoton 7 years, 2 months ago

Ha, great points. I guess the money flow is too great

selfishhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Football players rarely, if ever, go to "Prep" schools like IMG academy. They attend regular high schools in their hometown, which makes clearing them much easier and less dirty. The reason this is a problem is because those three went to "academies." If you recall, when McElmore signed his uncle mentioned that a lot of other schools stopped recruiting him because they knew he would have "academic" issues, which was code for "the NCAA may not clear him because he's been taking underwater basket weaving for the past 4 years."

bradynsdad 7 years, 2 months ago

Kind of sounds like there is only about a 20% chance that they play this year. We need these guys. I am not understanding what the problem is. If they graduated high school with a diploma shouldn't they be allowed to play? Or is it that they have been accepting money? What's the problem? Why is it so hard for these kids to get cleared?

Ted Hume 7 years, 2 months ago

This means Lindsay, Teahan, Wesley and Garret are all in the rotation this year, folks; and several of them are going to have to spell the starters (along with Tharpe, of course) for significant minutes in most games. Going to be a tough year.

Taylor - Tharpe/Roberts Johnson - Teahan/Garrett Releford - Lindsay/Young Robinson - Lindsay/Young Whithey - Wesley/Wesley/ 6'8" walk-on to be named later

that's a thin bench, people. Like MVC-type bench...

texashawk10 7 years, 2 months ago

Self only uses a 7-8 rotation most seasons so the depth of the team only becomes an issue if there are injury problems on this team.

Ted Hume 7 years, 2 months ago

You're right that there is no margin for error at all for injuries this year. However, Self has never used a 7-man rotation, it's not even possible, because everyone needs to sub out for multiple stretches on a team playing hard-nose defense and up-tempo offense. Go back and check any of the box scores from past regular seasons and you'll see the vast, vast, vast majority of games include 8-9 guys logging significant minutes, and 9-10 guys getting more than just one or two mop-up minutes at the end. That's just what it takes if you're going to push team and play as hard as we will have to to compete this year.

Ted Hume 7 years, 2 months ago

oh, yea, absolutely- that order wasn't intentional there. I think Young might even be a starter at some point this season (if he comes along the way Self thinks he can) depending on the circumstances. Perhaps if Jeff isn't playing well and Self wants to go smaller against a team...

kureader 7 years, 2 months ago

Bill Self should get an Academy Award for acting as though he thinks the NCAA has been "great".

Carter Patterson 7 years, 2 months ago

They are too busy telling the world how great Auburn is. This is the 3rd year in a row that the NCAA has failed to do its job.

lothario64118 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe B.S. should stop recruiting these type of players. UNC, Duke, and to some extent UK even does not have to wait like KU does.This is beginning to get ridiculous. I hope we have an injury free year, especially on the bigs. Either way KU is limited on depth.

Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, because getting streamlined cleared recruits has turned out SO well for Calipari.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

You apparently missed the part about Cal losing his top recruit (Kanter) last year, and we still haven't heard whether the NCAA will strip Cal's team for a third time of a year's worth of W's for violations - letting Kanter practice with/coach the team after being ruled ineligible. That's a model I'd rather not follow.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 2 months ago

If those two aren't approved it will be devastating.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 2 months ago

If those two aren't approved it will be devastating.

NebraskaJayhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

I think Traylor moreso than Mclemore. We are so thin in the post.

Hammertoe 7 years, 2 months ago

It's Football Season. And K-state is undeafeated.

texashawk10 7 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations on beating a team tied for last in the Big 12 and another team in last place in their division in the ACC.

milehighhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

What I don't get is the NCAA KNOWS there are what - a hundred or two hundred kids for hoops they need to clear each year?


Get it done early.

Leaving these kids hanging more than halfway through their first semester is cruel and demonstrative of administrative incompetence.

If the NCAA cared one bit about the welfare of the STUDENT-athlete, they'd get it together.

chriz 7 years, 2 months ago

I was just thinking that same thing. I mean, on one hand, these kids probably know that going from one school to the next so often might cause problems, but still, since it's happening so often, you would think the NCAA would prepare accordingly.

christianferguson4 7 years, 2 months ago

I think this is stupid, the kids didn't even do anything wrong. All they did was switch schools... Is that a crime??? no, didn't think so, LET THESE KIDS PLAY!!!

Kc Ticketguy 7 years, 2 months ago

There are 345 D1 basketball schools. My guess is they have more than a hundred or tow hundred players to clear.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 2 months ago

345 * an average of 4 scholarships per school per year is just under 1400. And read between the lines, it appears that the NCAA has not cleared them and KU is appealing and may have appealled multiple times.

texashawk10 7 years, 2 months ago

350+ schools with an average recruiting class being 3-4 kids equals well over 1,000 kids that have to be cleared and that's just for D1 programs. Anybody that plays at a school that participates in NCAA competition (D1, D2, or D3) has to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse so they are having to deal with 1000's of kids records each year. The reason basketball has the most issues is because basketball is the only sport where HS kids frequently attend multiple schools to better prepare themselves (whether academically, athletically or both) which generally means spending time at a prep school.

Kenny Terry 7 years, 2 months ago

Just read on the Kansas City Star website that the NCAA is looking at the high school transcripts for Ben and Jamari. My question is why do they allow them to be on scholarship and attend class if there still looking at their transcripts?

jaybate 7 years, 2 months ago

Big trouble.

Huge trouble.

Afghanistan size trouble.

Frank Martin size trouble.

This is a script for "When Bad Things Happen to Good People."

This is "Nightmare on Naismith Drive."

This is Merv Lindsey in the rotation stuff.

Oedipus broached his eyes out for less than this.

This is worse than the mess the anti-big governmenters have made of things.

This is like the double-dip depression that has started.

This is like going blind during a porn flick with high production values.

This is worse than being forced to re-marry your ex-wife and having to let her cheat on you again.

This is bad!

gojhawx 7 years, 2 months ago

you got that right...those "we demand government spends no more than it brings in" creeps have got to be stopped.

jaybate 7 years, 2 months ago


"Anger trolling" but for whom?

Either way, Missouri is headed for regime change. The eyes of Texas are upon Missourah. :-)

Kc Ticketguy 7 years, 2 months ago

Go off to the SEC so you can be bottom of the barrel in FB and get owned every year in BBall by Kentucky. Look on the bright side you'll always have competitive eating, mullet growing, and girl rowing to chear for.

KGphoto 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't now jb. I wasn't really expecting McLemore or Traylor to supplant any of the starters anyway. I think Self is comfortable going with slightly less talent and more experience. Releford has learned how to play "Self" defense. (I see a T-shirt in there somewhere) so he would probably get the majority of minutes over Ben based on that alone. Kevin Young has experience. Teahan has been around forever. Justin Wesley has two years logged under The Self Defense Plan AND The Manning Institute of Draft Stock. I'm excited to see these guys get a chance.

jaybate 7 years, 2 months ago

Its not that I thought BenMac, or JTray, would be starters, but BenMac was bonfide 10-20 minute guy by season's end, and JTray was the insurance inside that Self needed for injuries and someone who could go in an bang for 5 minutes each half against the muscle ballers. Now there is TRob, Withey who Self admits at the git go can give no more than 20 minutes and Justin, who is quick but brings no muscle for banging. With JTray, we could bang a little. TRob is not going to be able to bang, as he did last year, because he will always have to conserve fouls and try to play for 30 minutes. Without a banger, the opposing teams are just going to go off on KU every game. TRob is going to think he got hit by a sumo wrestling team. So: I keep my fingers crossed for JTray to get cleared some how.

texashawk10 7 years, 2 months ago

Justin Wesley is listed at 6'8" 220 lbs. and has spent two offseasons with Hudy. I think he's probably learned how bang down low going against the twins and T-Rob everyday for the last year. I would be more concerned if KU has to rely on Kevin Young to do too much physical work down low. That kid is lankier than JuJu was while he was here and is listed at 185 lbs. If he's spending a lot of time in the paint, that will be trouble for KU and why I would rather see Teahan spend a few minutes down low if KU has to go with an undersized 4 for short periods of time. Teahan may not have the height, but he has about 30 lbs. on Young and is bigger than Releford who spent time at the 4 last year as well.

Woody Cragg 7 years, 2 months ago

But the good side of marrying the ex wife get all your stuff back whether she cheats or not!!!

chriz 7 years, 2 months ago

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Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 2 months ago

Wouldn't sharing with your journaling with your life coach be more productive than making a public declaration.

kufankam 7 years, 2 months ago

You followed up "borderline mentally challenged fans" with this:

"....the majority of your life out of the public eye is pretty depression I would imagine."

If you insist on name calling, you might want to utilize the "preview comment" function and proofread your witty remarks.

tis4tim 7 years, 2 months ago

You put the "pathetic" in hypothetical.

Steve Brown 7 years, 2 months ago

she already owns half of everything you got, after the divorce she gets half of your half, then forced to remarry, she gets half of the other half, leaving you with nothing except the invoice to a cleaned out safety deposit box down at the bank, your dad's WWII medals and grandma's empty cookie jar.

jaybate 7 years, 2 months ago

spoken with the bite of experience, either yours or having seen what happened to others. :-)

JayDocMD 7 years, 2 months ago

Off topic info nugget: Bubba Cunningham apparently has agreed to be the North Carolina AD. Interesting that he wouldn't leave Conference USA for KU, but is more than happy to be Roy's Toy.

JayDocMD 7 years, 2 months ago

As far as this NCAA Clearinghouse nonsense, why do I get the overwhelming feeling that if BMac had chosen Mizzery he would already be good to go?

I'm no Conspiracy Theorist, but I just don't see other kids in other programs having these issues. I know the NCAA Eye of Sauron has been upon these kids who have attended multiple High Schools/Prep Schools, but come on. How about checking the green cards on one or two of Texas' 10 Canadian recruits.

Jeremy Bolinger 7 years, 2 months ago

Besides Selby and these 2, when else has this happened? Please refresh my memory if it has. And why do you get that feeling about Missouri? Just curious. Also, Bubba Cunningham is a tool

Christopher Hauser 7 years, 2 months ago

Brandon Rush and it also happened under Roy Williams.

chriz 7 years, 2 months ago

The question I have is, why can't we recruit kids without these issues? Like Duke does?

Thomas Matlock 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe Duke has connections, so they are not harassed. I haven't heard of this happening to other schools. I thought we were supposed to be the good guys. Maybe we need to become arrogant and obnoxious too. NO! Definitely not!!! I would rather be unfairly singled out for no apparent reason.

selfishhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

We were the good guys when Roy was here. Self used all that goodwill up and then some more. I said it last year, the beginning of the end for Self has begun.

Brad Avery 7 years, 2 months ago

Duke gets to pick and choose. The staff must have known there would be issues with these players and decided to take a gamble.

jgkojak 7 years, 2 months ago

What I don't get is-

The NCAA gets, what, a BILLION freakin' dollars from its CBS contract?

So... tell me why the hell they can't hire whoever the bleep they need to hire, however many people they blanking need to hire to get this thing done. It would benefit the student-athletes to know NOW. We already see how it fracked up Selby's season having the uncertainty. Just tell them in August. How hard is it?

Need boots on the ground in their hometown to investigate? Hire 'em, train 'em and get it done.

Pay institutions to make it a priority - hey Podunk High School, here's $1000 to expedite the records search. GET IT DONE.

Again, a BILLION DOLLARS and they can't hire people?????

jgkojak 7 years, 2 months ago

That said - I think Self does better when he has fewer options and has to let kids play through their mistakes.

Gary McCullough 7 years, 2 months ago

The NCAA is a farce. Just a con game with a contract with CBS to televise March Madness. Get rid of this bunch of con-artists. And provide the "student-athletes" with compensation for the cash they bring to the University. The present system is 21st Century slavery.

Sam Constance 7 years, 2 months ago

The NCAA is a farce, agree wholeheartedly.

But so is the idea of paying students just because the brand of college basketball is so wildly popular in this country. How's about we take away the non-profit status of the NCAA and member institutions before we start giving handouts to 18-21 year old kids who are already being fairly compensated for what they bring.

Comparing it to slavery is just absurdly ridiculous hyperbole. There is not a single analogous component between slavery and college athletics, no matter how many times you've watched that episode of South Park.

Sam Constance 7 years, 2 months ago

It took all of my energy to make a post on this story that would be deemed appropriate according to the website usage agreement. The only reason I'm even making the effort is because I have questions that the article doesn't seem to address and I was hoping someone, anyone could shed some light.

1) What is the potential reason that these two would not be allowed to play? Insufficient grades? Or the NCAA arbitrarily deciding that the grades they did get aren't "valid"? I find it strange that all we hear is this nebulous "unlikely they will play" with no explanation for what the HELL is going on here.

2) What would change between now and one year from now that would require the two kids sit this year, but suddenly be eligible next year? I was always under the impression that if a kid isn't cleared due to grade issues, there's not much he can do to become eligible--that he's basically SOL.

3) As far as the NCAA and Clearinghouse go, I would like to take my biggest...

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...then we'll see how they like the feel of the real thing, instead of the metaphorical version they are doing to McLemore and Traylor.

4) Lately it seems that college sports is going out of it's way to make me not find any enjoyment in college sports.

LaJHawk666 7 years, 2 months ago

Couldn't agree more, especially to #4.

If they're eligible to go to school, and their grades are fine, then why can't they play sports? Is it every kid that went to those schools? If so, what's wrong with those schools? Does going to two different schools make every kid ineligible, or just the athletic students?

And why are we asking these questions and not the LJW?

Also, can some of our players play 38 mpg, because we may be in trouble this year. I really don't want to know what it feels like to be a bubble team.

Ryan Beddie 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm just guessing but maybe part of B-Mac's issue has to do with his high school that closed before his senior season. If that is the case, they might be having trouble getting accurate information from a school that no longer is open. Now Mac did leave Oak Hill and ended up in Texas midway through his senior year. So his juggling schools could be the biggest reason why there is such a delay on his decision.

But as most have said above I can't understand how you get cleared to go to school academically if your academics are in question? Could the NCAA tell him, yes you've been going to college but now your not eligible after all? That's not solving anything and only putting the student in a no win situation after the fact. They already screwed Anderson out of playing and the NCAA looks like there going to screw Traylor and McLemore as well.

Robin Smith 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure I could look at a kid's transcript and be done in one afternoon.

why does this take so long?

there's a lack of transparency in this process that is disturbing and if there is some reasonable complications then, please LJW, explicate what is involved in the reviewing that would make the extreme delay in this process even remotely comprehensible.

Steve Gantz 7 years, 2 months ago

I've worked in inner city schools for years. At least one of the two mentioned were in that type of school. The stuff that happens, I've seen it first hand, helps me understand the NCAA's position a bit. The timeliness of it is the issue at hand. Why this couldn't happen earlier is the mystery, but lots of stuff goes on that most of us don't see in a lot of low performing schools (and probably more average schools too) I had a kid who's a FB player at a major powerhouse now begging me to change his grade so that he'd be eligible. I didn't, but somehow he ended up on the team. What happened? Someone change the transcript? I guess I'll never know, but it gives a little insight into what the NCAA is up against.

Hopefully Self is leading us on a bit, and these two guys will be eligible.

namder 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Cameltoe, slide back under your rock.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 2 months ago

Guys, this is easy .. recruit players that will qualify academically, and/or that don't have questions regarding agents .. er, long lost friends that magically show up when a star player is in 7th grade and then provide monetary support for the single mom without ever expecting to receive anything in return (and how could anyone ever assume such a thing). If these issues are present, we'll have this sort of headache. It's that simple.

This is not surprise. And wasn't a surprise to Self, I'm sure, based on what he knew of these players' academics. He's been around the block, so he knew it wasn't clear sailing.

And his has nothing to do with whether the NCAA is reasonable, or whether they should act more quickly. Or whether they are hypocrites. We all know the answers there. They are what they are.

But they aren't treating KU any differently than any other institution in this type of situation.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 2 months ago

They are being permitted to attend class. The hold up here is related to academics -- someone can correct me here. But as I understand, the delay is clearing of the academic related issues. It's not a Selby situation, or concern about agents, as I understand.

REHawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Major blow, if these two are not cleared this season. I had figured McLemore for 20 minutes, Traylor 10-12. This team will be short handed w/o those two. Still capable of competing for a league title; but really short on bench strength post season. Positive thing, their attending classes and maintaining composure. If not cleared for the season, would be dandy to see them on the practice court second semester, preparing for a chance to start or play major minutes next year. Coach has taken some recruiting gambles which, so far, haven't worked out to maximum return. The Selby investment produced bigtime ups and downs. Now these two and Braeden Anderson.
Maintaining a slot among the nation's creme de la creme in college hoops involves rolling the dice in recruiting players capable of rising to the top annually. Kentucky's loss of their big man recruit last season, UCon's current troubles...the recruiting gambles are prevalent most everywhere. This does not appear to be one of those seasons, come January, that Bill Self can depend upon more than a 7 or 8 man rotation. Eligible newcomers will have to apply themselves intensely to glean court time and fill slots. And veterans must stay healthy and out of foul troubles.

Ted Hume 7 years, 2 months ago

At least now we know why Self signed so many kids that were off the radar. He must have been at least aware of the possibility that a couple would not qualify. After all, the staff had all the academic records of every one of these recruits before signing them; that's just part of the vetting process for DI BB. So his secret concerns have finally become a reality, unfortunately. This explains a lot about this year's oddball signing class at any rate

Joe Baker 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe they'll be cleared today. Let's hope they're at the end of this process and will provide a little closure to this insanity.

swoodberry 7 years, 2 months ago

Whay are these kids on the Micah Downs high school plan?

Constantly transferring schools seems to be part of the probelm.

Sam Constance 7 years, 2 months ago

Why is the universe taking a giant sh*t on Kansas athletics right now? It seems like nothing is coming our way but blows these days.

Re: the Cunningham issue, it really makes you wonder what really happened behind the scenes around the time of his almost-hiring, doesn't it? To me, it seems a little less like a basic case of cold feet than it did originally...

Oh well, just another reason to continue disliking the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, I suppose.*

*Roy Williams is exempt from said dislike

jayhawkinATL 7 years, 2 months ago

Yep, I just started shaking my head when I saw the article.

Spencer Goff 7 years, 2 months ago

You have to be f%$king kidding me...

BGL somehow fails to hire this guy here and he ends up where she used to be?

The theory-crafting will be abound over this.

Bee Bee 7 years, 2 months ago

Tom Osborne makes it go away. That s the difference.

kureader 7 years, 2 months ago

That's right. Nebraska is a model institution with the most polite fans in college football. We know this because Nebraska fans line the visitors walkway and clap after every game (except, of course, after the lose the game ... I don't believe they clapped after last year's Iowa State game or their game against Texas. And, they certainly didn't clap after the Hawks hung 70+ points on them a couple years ago). But I digress.

Actually, Nebraska has no problems whatsover, since they beat Ohio State. There were suicide watches throughout the state after the Wisconsin game. But, all suicide watches in Nebraska have now been called off. Death threats against Martinez and petitions for firing the Pelini boys have been discarded. Calls for 97 year-old Father Osborn to return to coach the Huskers have subsided. Yes, life in Nebraska is good again. As a Jayhawk, I really care about this. And, it's really nice to know that "Nebraska doesn't have problems like this, ever". (doesn't the Big 10 have blogs?)

Bee Bee 7 years, 2 months ago


Jack Wilson 7 years, 2 months ago

That was the longest single sentence I have ever seen. But point well taken.

ku_foaf 7 years, 2 months ago

Comment: not really a very clear identification of who is who in the picture. I know what Jamari and Ben look like from previous photos.

Steve Brown 7 years, 2 months ago

While I"m frustrated as well, would rather have this cleared up front the right way, even if we have to sacrifice a year on the bench than to have wins vacated after the season.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 2 months ago

Basketball ..

This could be the worst roster that coach Self has ever had, top to bottom, this side of Tulsa.

Does that matter?

Starters (I love this stuff) - 1. Taylor 2. EJ 3. Releford 4. TRob 5. Withey

Playing, off the bench: 6: Young 7. Tharpe 8. Wesley 9. Teahan

For those that dispute the "worst roster" thing .. just look at that.

Adding McLemore to the mix would be huge. Adding Traylor may be .. uh .. huger (new word). Just simply from having somewhat of a post-body.

Back in the spring, may of us were crying about how thin we would be in the post. Even with our non-star, unranked, gonna prove rivals wrong saviors .. Anderson and Traylor. Now Anderson is gone, and Traylor may not play.

I thought we were thin in 2003 in the post after Simien got hurt .. but we know how that turned out. Worked out ok.

But the "on paper" thing right now doesn't look so good.

Defense will be the name of the game. And at least our top 5 will be very good at that.

Thank the lord we snagged Young.

Spencer Goff 7 years, 2 months ago

This sucks. The NCAA is ruining college basketball; meanwhile, the NBA is ruining the NBA. So we wait until the Royals are good?

NCAA enforcement is a lot like enacting gun laws to take guns from criminals. Calipari is already breaking the rules, so it isn't a big deal to add more rules, you only end up limiting his competition that actually tries to at least SORT OF play by the rules.

The NCAA is a joke.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 2 months ago

Having watched Ben play for two years I can virtually guarantee this is going to really hurt:

1] Great kid and a total team player. 2] Has always loved Kansas and out-lasted his entire family and state to prove it. 3] Top talent already with a huge upside for developement.

Boys and girls, this is a torpedo to mid-ships, I was convinced Ben would be starting by January.

One question..if Traylor and BenMac are declared ineligible, does that free up two mid-semester schollies or does Kansas hang tight for this year and bring them back next year??

I think now I will go throw up in my Missouri trashcan which has the names of Norm Stewart and Jason Sutherland stenciled on the inside bottom so they are always covered with trash!!!

Gordon Penny 7 years, 2 months ago

I am so glad the NCAA's focus is on the student athlete. Glad the NCAA is holding these guys hostage.

hawksince51 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't feel Self has done anything wrong in recruiting these two players knowing there could be academic issues. The reality is that (except for our infamous OAD's) his recruiting has not gone so well the last few years. For whatever reasons, he has come in second on several high profile recruits so he has had to lower his standards and take what has been available to him. It has never been easy to recruit against Duke, UNC, and UK. But it seems to me the competition for top recruits has gotten stronger across the board. Schools are paying their BB coaches huge bucks and making large investments in facilities. They expect a return on thier investment.

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