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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dallas prep Karviar Shepherd has KU on final list

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Karviar Shepherd, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior basketball center from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, has cut his list of prospective colleges to five, Rivals.com reports.

The finalists: Kansas University, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Oklahoma.

Shepherd, who is ranked No. 43 nationally by Rivals.com, said he would be visiting all five schools in coming weeks.

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Matt1958 1 year, 7 months ago

Help me out all. I'm pretty impressed with the Ojeleye kid from down the road. Both as a kid and a player. I hate to see in state talent like him get away. What gives?

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hita3iron 1 year, 7 months ago

" I don't know if he is up to the challenge..."

Coaching staff will be happy to make these heavy decisions for you.

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Jeeveshawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Im sure Shepherd has potential as a great player. But we will need someone who can make an immediate impact at the 5 after Withey leaves. I don't know if he is up to the challenge or not.

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BewareOfThePhogOnTheWater 1 year, 7 months ago

Why does anyone besides Jaybate post on this site? He knows it all and thinks everyone else is an idiot. It is you against the world, isn't it jerk!

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REHawk 1 year, 7 months ago

HEM, very comprehensive posts today. I liked your tribute to Graves and the TKO alusion to Adams/Doyle. I have given considerable thought to the Doyle departure. Can't over criticize a recruit who craves more immediate minutes on the court. He represented insurance to the Jayhawks; the quick exit would indicate that he did not possess the tenacity demanded of a Bill Self player (such as Russ Rob or Tyrel Reed). Also, that Tharpe and Adams posed as formidable obstacles, which speaks well for backups at the perimeter this season. Doyle looks to possess enough game to do well in the transfer program where he landed. The Cat/Karviar duo would certainly offer the Jayhawks a super 2013 recruiting class, and would appear to set us up well for future pursuits of the big title. And, yeah, if we do recruit a quality big man for 2013, something might eventually give in the way of a transfer for a member of the Peters/Lucas/Traylor trio (though not necessarily). Gotta hope that Lucas can step up to offer Withey some quality relief minutes this season. You were right-on regarding our hopes that several potential starters would turn the corner last year, and that we were blessed to stay free of a major injury such as an ACL. Andrea Hudy probably played a key role in much of the physical good fortune. No surprise that she is right there on the bench, representing the sometimes unsung foundation of a very competitive highly rated national power which, for the most part, kept its top 7 or 8 players in splendid condition throughout a grueling schedule.

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jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

This just in from the Orwell News Service:

"We critique your post for critiquing JShagger's and jloss' posts." --ZIGman and Robin

Other Orwell Basketball News Service Headlines:

War is peace. Love is hate. Nude emperors are clothed emperors. Basketball is football. KU is MU. Fall is spring.

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jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

ZIGman and Robin bringing it with the IMITATIVE FALLACY.

I FLIPPING LOVE IT!

Critiquing someone for critiquing some one's post!!!!

Holy imitative fallacy!

Logic is a necessary astringent in discourse. Get used to it.

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 7 months ago

If we can get a quality big and pg personally this class should be done. We are deep at the wings and have a great 1-2 punch at Pf. Would love to see all this happen soon rather than the waiting game we've grown accustomed to, but as we have sometimes seen, good things come to those who wait. Also, hope Msnning does great.

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Brianna Zaleski 1 year, 7 months ago

Jaybate, Boy, you are not having a very good wknd. You got baited into cheap, childish, name calling contest with troll yesterday, which resulted in multiple posts of yours removed. And today, you can't get anyone to fall for your cheap attempts to fight. Where us YOUR substance? Nobody wants to hear you go on and on about, what is and what is not, a proper post.

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jhawk613 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm starting to think the LJW staff just wants to rile up a few people.

They listed his choices as: Kansas University (not University of Kansas or Kansas or KU) Texas (not Texas University or University of Texas) Texas A&M (not Texas A&M University) Texas Christian (not TCU or Texas Christian University) Oklahoma (not OU or Oklahoma University or University of Oklahoma)

seriously? the other 4 are listed by just their basic name yet LJW feels the need to add "University" to Kansas.

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texashawk10 1 year, 7 months ago

If Karviar Shepherd does come to KU, history says he won't contribute immediately for KU. History says he'll play a little bit his freshmen season and then depending on how the roster shakes out, become a big factor in either his sophomore or junior years. I would love to see KU be able to land one of the elite bigs in either Parker or Randle along with Shepherd because Parker and Randle will be in the NBA by the time Shepherd is be a factor in KU's rotation. Also based on history, don't be shocked if Landon Lucas transfers after this season because only 2 players ranked above 100 have stayed until graduation under Bill Self and those two were a pair of kids from Kansas. Traylor will be an exception because he redshirted last year so he really can't transfer and Zach Peters low ranking is due more to him not playing AAU ball between his junior and senior seasons than it is to a lack of skill. Naadir Tharpe's development is moving along at a pace that is pretty much expected for someone of his ranking at a place like KU. He will be ready to take over as the primary PG for KU next season regardless of who KU brings in at PG this class.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

(cont)

The thing I really like about what could be here -- the diversity in our offense attack. White, Frankamp, and Greene, great shooters and scorers; McLemore and Barber, slashers and scorers; Ellis and Peters, guys that can post up, or step out; Shepherd, long, defense first, top rebounder.

I'd rather have Shepherd on board for 3 seasons, than either Parker or Randle for one. But I won't complain either way. I just like the idea of an enforcer like Shepherd in the middle and I doubt we get him if we get Parker or Randle.

Not to be too dramatic here, but I think this class is one of the most important classes we've had in a long time. Add Tharpe to the eight guys I mentioned. That, my friends, is the best team in the nation. And that doesn't even account for the development of Anrio Adams or another big guy.

We are on the cusp of something pretty special here. We just need Coach Self to seal the deal.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

What is that moisture kind of stuff coming from the sky? I am puzzled. Anyway ..

Three scholarships available: Scholarship #1: Frankamp Scholarship #2: Greene Scholarship #3: Post Player - pick one: Randle, Parker, Shepherd, Lawrence Scholarship #4: Point Guard - pick one: Barber, Jackson, Jones Scholarship #5: Best Available - pick one: Jaydogger, jaybate, bennybob, REHawk

Get one out of each of these three categories, and we have the #1 recruiting class (that 5th scholarship, if we can fill the first two from the guys listed, becomes a bit irrelevant .. or like a cherry on top .. whichever you choose).

One interesting thing to follow is how long coach Self will wait. It seems like the point guard thing may play itself out rather quickly. But it doesn't seem that way with the post players, given that Randle and/or Parker seem intent on waiting until the spring.

I can't imagine Shepherd or Lawrence committing without an assurance that they will be the top big man in the class -- meaning if Randle or Parker come, plus we have Ellis -- those are roadblocks. I doubt Shepherd or Lawrence would be scared off by the big men that may return for 2013-14, but for Ellis.

Nightmare scenario: We get none of the above targets for scholarships 3 and 4. We then get unranked point guard Frank Mason and a low ranked big man.

In any other year, that might not be a big deal. But the 2013 class needs to be "the class." McLemore, Ellis, and White are a terrific core. Add that to the best player between Peters/Lucas/Traylor (we only need one to be really good). Just assume Tharpe to be adequate. A major recruiting class home run -- say Barber and Shepherd added to the class -- sets us up for multiple title contending teams.

We got lucky last season -- meaning, that Robinson emerged, that Withey stepped up, that Teahan was up to his role, that Taylor turned the corner -- we were dangerously thin. Everything came together nicely, thanks to the best coach in the nation. And we survived without major injury.

We have to expect an ACL sometime. A home run class every so often, quality depth, etc., means you can survive injury. I go back to 2003 -- Simien does his shoulder and perhaps the best unsung player to have the greatest impact in KU's history, steps up -- Jeff Graves. Top players around a Jeff Graves can provide for minor drop off.

(cont)

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Joe Ross 1 year, 7 months ago

Karviar Shepherd is not very active in the post. A better pick up would be Jordan McKinney, who is a forward and is 3 inches shorter, but plays much higher above the rim than Shepherd and is unquestionably more active. Shepherd does a lot of watching the ball move around him and doesn't play a lot of the paint area given his size. I think he's kind of lazy, actually. Shepherd would be getting a longer straw than the University if Kansas picks him up. There is better talent out there, just sayin...

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jhox 1 year, 7 months ago

You have to love that name...

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Ron Franklin 1 year, 7 months ago

Speaking of DMan. I wonder how he is doing on the recruiting trail. I would think he could attract a few bigs.

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REHawk 1 year, 7 months ago

I'd like to see Karviar's stats, wingspan, and floor speed. His current ranking falls within a slot which KU has been known to develop successfully, at least with Dan Man on the staff.

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Jay Dogger 1 year, 7 months ago

I very much think he and Lucas could make a great 1-2 punch at the Center position. And Ellis and Peters could be a great 1-2 punch at the 4. That would make a pretty formidable front court (along with Traylor as quality depth) for a few years. Probably not our best, but combined with the back court we're building we should have a Championship team in the works. Certainly we would have a shot at continuing to dominate the Big 12.

And if we can get Barber...WOW! What a class we would have.

I really hope we can get Karviar.

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Jay Dogger 1 year, 7 months ago

I know he's from Texas but why would he go to A&M or TCU? Or Oklahoma for that matter? I understand why he likes Texas but they recruited a 5-star and a 4-star Center last year. I was glad when he eliminated Baylor a while back.

Gotta like our chances!

I think this is the guy we need the most. And it seems like it would make a great fit for him and for KU. We'd give him the highest profile and the best shot at the NBA and I bet he'd make an immediate impact and stick around for 3-4 years.

Come on, Karviar, Rock Chalk!

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Chris Bruning 1 year, 7 months ago

Also comes from same school of Darrell Arthur, yes, a stud who has work to do on his offensive skills but is a defensive stud who protects the rim well. I have a real good feeling about this one.....

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 7 months ago

I've heard this guy is a stud !!!

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