Originally published September 8, 2011 at 03:56p.m., updated September 9, 2011 at 12:00a.m.

Freshmen Traylor, McLemore attending class

Braeden Anderson still awaits word from NCAA

Ben McLemore pulls back for a dunk during warmups and prior to the start of the alumni scrimmage game on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Horejsi Center.

Ben McLemore pulls back for a dunk during warmups and prior to the start of the alumni scrimmage game on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Horejsi Center.


Kansas University freshmen basketball players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor attended classes Thursday morning for the first time this semester, but have not yet been fully cleared by the NCAA to participate during the 2011-12 basketball season, coach Bill Self said Thursday.

Self said he expects to hear today from the NCAA Clearinghouse regarding the status of freshman Braeden Anderson, who is not yet on campus and has not been cleared to be on scholarship.

“Ben and Jamari both are enrolled in classes and attending,” Self said. “The NCAA and Big 12 have cleared them to be on scholarship and attend class while they still are responding to some academic materials (submitted by the players and the three high schools they attended).”

McLemore and Traylor will not be allowed to take part in individual preseason practice drills until they are fully cleared, which Self hoped would be soon.

“I think it’s a situation we don’t like dealing with and know the NCAA doesn’t like, either, but they’ve got a job to do,” Self said of NCAA Clearinghouse officials’ determining eligibility of the trio. “We did not anticipate having to go through this with these kids at all, but they (NCAA) brought up some points they wanted to look into. The process does take a little time.

“We are really glad to have them in school. I know those two kids are excited,” Self added. “We know the next week or two will be spent getting them in catch-up mode so they are back to a level playing field (academically).”

McLemore, a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Louis, 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.

Anderson, a 6-9 forward from Alberta, Canada, started at a high school in Canada. He attended Christian Faith Center in Raleigh, N.C., as a junior and Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts as a senior. He withdrew from the Wilbraham, Mass., school in February and finished his degree by taking an online class at home in Canada.

Traylor, a 6-8 forward from Chicago, attended Fenger High and Julian High in his hometown. He attended IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., last year.

“Those kids have been to more than two (schools). They’ve been to three. When you do that, you’ve got to go back and check everything. They have to evaluate everything, re-evaluate everything. We understand that,” Self said. “Nothing has been done that we didn’t understand. We hoped it’d be done before. They (NCAA) needed some additional information. It’s our job to provide them that information.”

A year ago, freshman Josh Selby was in a similar situation as the clearinghouse examined his high school coursework.

He was allowed by the NCAA to start attending class on Sept. 7 as the clearinghouse continued to look into his transcripts and grades. He ultimately was cleared academically on Oct. 27.

Selby elected not to attend classes before getting cleared because in the case of not being cleared, the student-athlete is responsible for tuition and room and board.


Recruiting: KU coaches today will conduct an in-home recruiting visit with Perry Ellis, a 6-8 senior forward from Wichita Heights.’s No. 24-rated recruit has a final list of KU, Kansas State, Wichita State and Kentucky. ... Andrew White, a 6-6 senior small forward from Miller School in Chester, Va., will visit KU for the Sept. 24 Legends of the Phog alumni basketball game. The No. 56-player in the class of 2012 is considering KU, Texas, Tennessee, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and others.


Phog on Internet: The Legends of the Phog game will be shown live on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access via The Sept. 24 game, which tips off at 4 p.m., is sold out. It will also be shown on Metro Sports.


IrishDaddy 2 years, 7 months ago

does KU use hire AARP members to take the players by the hand to make sure they find the class room ?


JayDocMD 2 years, 7 months ago

Wouldn't count on Archie Goodwin either. Why? Would you believe its because we are an Adidas school? This is a direct quote on on why he eliminated Baylor:

"Coach Scott Drew is a great guy. I love Coach Drew. They were one of the first schools that were recruiting me. But I didn't like that they were an adidas team, but that's not to say I wouldn't go to Kansas because Kansas is a great team. I can look over the adidas thing — I own some adidas stuff. [Goodwin played recent summers with the Arkansas Wings Elite team, which is sponsored by Nike] I didn't like their colors, either. I don't like green and gold. That's ugly …. When you got ugly colors like that, you gotta be Nike. …. Baylor has some ugly shoes, too."

No word on whether he likes Crimson and Blue.


JayDocMD 2 years, 7 months ago

Well, Marcus Smart committed to OkSt today. Was really hoping KU would land him.


FeaRRaef 2 years, 7 months ago

Where have you gone Vaughn, Haase, Aldrich and anything close to an academic all-American? Say what you will about coach Williams but he got us good "keeds". Except Lester Earl....


Steve Swart 2 years, 7 months ago

Can you imagine that call flow chart? At any time during your recruitment did you have relations with the opposite sex? yes my friend I understand and at anytime during this relations did she ever offer you a slurpy or a lottery ticket? :s)


Steve Gantz 2 years, 7 months ago

We need to start recruiting only Ivy League type players so this doesn't happen again :) Seriously, they're students first, athletes second, so why the heck not let them attend classes from the start? If ultimately they're ineligible, thus not able to receive the scholarship, see if they can pay for the time they were there, if not, well they just received a couple of free months at KU. I mean, how is a kid going to miss a month of class and have any reasonable chance of being successful in it?


Tony Bandle 2 years, 7 months ago

HCBS addressed this issue last year during the Selby fiasco. The NCAA is looking at all athletes that have complicated transcripts. This means, because their season is underway, football players take precedent.

Of course, I guess it would be too logical for the NCAA to:

1] Expand their staff to help with the glut of reviews. 2] Outsource to a special consultant to function solely on these cases. 3] Allow all kids on campus, on scholarship to attend class and if there is a violation rescind the scholarship at the end of the semester. 4] Or , a really crazy, insane suggestion..... start the reviews earlier


jayhawkintx73 2 years, 7 months ago

The NCAA is completely out of line. If they were concerned about academic qualifying, how can these kids catch after nearly two weeks of classes already gone? The NCAA is not concerned about the academic integrity of the athletics. This should have everyone upset.

The NCAA knew these kids were coming to Kansas before the end of Spring Semester 2011. They had time, and didn't do their part for the good of these kids.


jartiv 2 years, 7 months ago

lol. Is it because canadian doesnt transfer for english credits?


IrishDaddy 2 years, 7 months ago

"finished his degree by taking an online class at home in Canada.

don't ALL exceptional student athletes do this ?


jaybate 2 years, 7 months ago

Still no public comment by CBernie or Zenger on conference realignment!

This is getting ridiculous.

How far behind the curve are they?

What? Are they winterizing their flipping ski boats?

Press conference.

Talking points.

Give us something here, CBernie.

Sheahon, what up with alignment? What is the plan? Do you have a plan?

Will you both please stop not leading?

Is there anyone at the con?

Does this ship have a captain?

Does anyone have the helm?

Hello? Lawrence, Kansas, are you there?


Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 7 months ago

(Anderson)....."....finished his degree by taking an online class at home in Canada."

Hey, that's the answer............have these questionable status newbies take classes online and avoid the whole infraction issue!


milehighhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

The NCAA does everything possible to demonstrate incompetence.

It should have started the 'evaluation' the day these kids signed. To punish them by keeping them out of their first semester of college is unconscionable.

Add to that with the joke of amateurism and the lack of punishment of violations at major schools, save USC.

If there are 100 terrible outcomes as a result of conference realignment & the emergence of superconferences, at least one benefit will be the end of the NCAA's stupidity.


kureader 2 years, 7 months ago

Keeping players out of basketball practice is one thing ... keeping them from attending classes is quite another. The NCAA continues to find new ways to "outdumb" themselves.


Clydecito 2 years, 7 months ago

Lebowski: That is the best post I've ever read on the Internet.


Andy Tweedy 2 years, 7 months ago

So how does this affect conference realignment?


Lebowski 2 years, 7 months ago

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waywardJay 2 years, 7 months ago

The first article on Braden Anderson said he was first and foremost a student.... Apparently there is a concern that Canada's Metric Grading system does not Function with the Archiac NCAA......

Free the Hawks! Free the Hawks!


LAJayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

Every [expletive deleted] year.


El Jay 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree, this is just ridiculous. Every year now if we have this issue where kids have done nothing to make themselves ineligible and yet the NCAA wants to keep them ineligible for indefinitely. Its ridiculous. It doesnt protect the student athlete because as the article eludes to, it forces them to miss class and be behind on their course work and then puts them in limbo of not knowing whether their scholarship will cover their tuition and living costs. Many of these kids cant afford college without the scholly so the NCAA is effectively holding them and their academic careers hostage. If the NCAA doesnt have the necessary staff to be able to do its job effectively, perhaps they should expand their staff or simplify the rules so it doesnt take 6 months to determine if a kid is eligible or not. What about determining if a kid is eligible before classes start? There's an idea. And why is it that it took the NCAA an entire semester to clear Selby and only a week to clear Cam Newton last year? Selby accepts what amounts to something like $2500 in benefits and misses 9 games and countless classes while Newton and his family shopped his services to the highest bidder and never had to miss a single snap. Its total crap. The NCAA is a total joke. They honestly are like the UN - totally worthless


Pbbut 2 years, 7 months ago

I like the line..."but they’ve got a job to do.”

The rules and requirements are set up and the NCAA needs to staff properly to get this done prior to the fall term. If they say they are doing this to protect the student athlete, then they need to protect them. The NCAA should follow the ideal of, "First do no harm."


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