Friday, March 16, 2012


Titans ‘flying high’


— Detroit Mercy point guard Ray McCallum Jr., the coach’s son, brings the leadership qualities and basketball instincts stereotypical of a coach’s son.

He also brings so much leaping ability he placed second in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American dunking competition. The winner? Josh Selby. The name rings a vague, almost silent, bell, but I can’t quite place him.

Anyway, McCallum ranks second on his current team as a dunker, but it’s a far more distant second.

“I’ve never seen anyone with Doug Anderson’s athletic ability,” McCallum said of Anderson, the 6-foot-6 Titans forward. “What you guys have seen in games, I mean, it’s nothing compared to what we’ve seen in practice.”

Advised 6-10, 270-pound Indiana transfer Eli Holman: “Watch our practice. He might put on a show for you.”

Good idea.

“Hey 23,” a young fan standing in the front row hollered toward the layup line. “Go between your legs.”

Anderson never looked into the stands, but he did go between his legs and throw one down. If that ranked an 8.5, the 10 came at the end of practice. Anderson got up so high and came down with such force on a windmill that a screw popped out of the basket. Holman picked up the screw and explained that the power of his earlier dunk loosened it. (It reminded me of what I told my sister when she opened a jar I couldn’t: “Yeah, but I loosened it up for you.”)

Dunk competitions lead to credit-grabs, but individual competitions don’t change basketball teams. Holman articulated a far more meaningful factor in finishing the season with 10 victories in 11 games.

“We bought into the defensive system,” Holman said. “Our team was usually a little more offensive, but we bought into a defensive mind-set.”

Holman rattled off the defensive contributions of a handful of teammates, including 6-10 center LaMarcus Lowe, who averages 2.2 blocked shots a game to go with Holman’s 1.4 blocks.

“He’s so long he can block shots standing on his tip-toes,” Holman said of Lowe. “When you have the kind of players we have and they all buy into the same program and are not playing to their individual talents, you can play with any team in the country. But you have to stay humble. Once you get out of that humble mind-set and into arrogance, you’re going to fall apart as a team.”

Humble and confident, the perfect blend for team sports.

“It took our confidence straight through the roof,” Lowe said of the late-season surge. “It’s just like hitting 10 of your first 11 shots in a game. The rim looks like an ocean to you. You feel like you can shoot anything. You feel like you can take half-court shots and make them. We got hot at the right time. We’re coming in here flying high.”

Said Holman: “We’re trying to shock the world.”


claycountyjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.F U MIZZOU


jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

I know Self won't do this, but tonight would be a great night to play some zone press to slow them down.

Why would it be such a great thing?

Wooden proved so long ago that, given even inferior players, when you use a zone press to slow an opponent down that you have the speed .to run on, you win ten national championships And because it would give future opponents something more to think about, something more to prepare for.

But Self doesn't like zone presses, so it probably will not happen.

Still, he showed it a bit last season.


jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago


Tyshawn is going to take it to you and get your fouled up.

When you lay back, he is going to shoot over you.

When you are out of the game, he is going to blow past your sub.

When you come back in, he is going to drive you to glass.

When you get used to his speed, he is going to dish to our bigs that are going to throw it down.

When you try to stop him from dishing, your are going to foul out.


jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

Flying high?

On what?

They want to fly high?

We will fly higher, then shoot them down.

Want to fly low?

We will fly lower, then shoot them down.

Want to put it in a holding pattern?

We will circle, then shoot them down.

We are going to play it anyway they want, then find their weakness, then cut the head off, then they die.



Bradly Moore 2 years, 1 month ago

This game is making me nervous.


William Blake 2 years, 1 month ago

"We’re coming in here flying high.” Said Holman: “We’re trying to shock the world.”"

Typically, it's not a good thing to come into a game flying high and bent on shocking the world. It sounds good... but most of the time the players spend most of their energy before the game "flying high" with emotions.

I bet Detroit comes out hot for a while then tires down the stretch. If Bobby Knight is calling the game he'll rant on and on about how deep we are (for the millionth time).

Detroit is trying to mask the fact that they are just thrilled to be in the big dance. They better have a bottle of enthusiasm around for the second half...


Ryan Shelton 2 years, 1 month ago

Off-topic, but midway through the first half Texas only has 2 points.


woodscolt 2 years, 1 month ago

Ok keegan, I guess we just don't even have a chance in this game. Sheesh.


Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Let Detroit have their 15 minutes of fame, then clobber them and send them back to the Horizontal League or wherever the heck they play!!


iamakufan 2 years, 1 month ago

Kind of a harsh comment about Selby, TK. Josh Selby is a Jayhawk. He was only here for a year and with the injuries and eligibility issue we didn't get to see what he's capable of but he was and still is a Jayhawk. Let's not forget that. I, for one, am rooting for him to succeed in the NBA.


kugrampy 2 years, 1 month ago

The Fat Man is probably hoping KU loses!


nuleafjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

From all the press I've seen and heard, why are we bothering playing this game?

Give Detroit the W and let's go home.

Wait till next year..................

(sarcasm - but DANG)


Ian Brown 2 years, 1 month ago

"But you have to stay humble. Once you get out of that humble mind-set and into arrogance, you’re going to fall apart as a team...."

Uh.... Yeah, says the arrogant punk, Eli Holman, who earlier stated, "Robinson? I can handle Robinson. He has to handle me." That goes beyond "humble and confident," and reeks of arrogance, over-confidence, and further, a sheer lack of respect for his opponent.

Before tomorrow's, or rather, tonight's tip-off, I've only got one thing to say to Mr. Holman: In the famous words of Mr. Blonde, "Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?"

We'll see if he's still selling any wolf tickets after the final buzzer has sounded. I doubt it.

I know a lot of people are worried about this Detroit team, or rather, worried about whether or not our guys are going to come out prepared to play. Well, I'm not. I think our guys are going to be ready to stick it to them. The loss to Baylor, watching Mizzou hoist the Big 12 Tournament trophy, and listening to analysts (and future opponents) far and wide disrespect them during the last week will have lit a fire under their asses.

I'm saying the Jayhawks prevail 84-68.

Oh, and as for dunking, I'll put up the Prophet Elijah and B-Mac against RayMac and Doug Anderson anytime, any day, anywhere.

That's not at the end of practice... That's at the end of a GAME (albeit an all-star game).


kusportsdotcom 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey Tom, we get it. Detroit can jump high and dunk the ball. You've written multiple articles letting us know that.


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