Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Prep guard ‘Cat’ Barber keeps Jayhawks in top 3


Just three schools — Kansas University, Alabama and North Carolina State — remain contenders for prize point guard prospect Anthony “Cat” Barber.

Barber, a 6-foot-2 senior from Hampton (Va.) High, who visited KU two weeks ago, has apparently been dropped as a recruit by Louisville following last weekend’s campus visit. It has been speculated that Louisville has decided to focus on former Tennessee commit Chris Jones, a 5-11 sophomore from Northwest Florida State College.

“I don’t know what happened,” Barber’s AAU coach, Boo Williams, told of the elimination of Louisville. reports that KU coach Bill Self traveled to Jones’ hometown of Memphis to meet with Jones’ mother on Tuesday morning.

Jones is slated to visit Louisville this weekend, Florida State the following weekend and KU for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 12. He’s already visited Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Self was in Barber’s home in Virginia on Tuesday night. Barber, ranked No. 9 nationally, is slated to visit N.C. State this weekend.

Talk has died down a bit of Barber wanting to attend the same school as his Boo Williams AAU teammate, Troy Williams, 6-6 from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Troy Williams is reportedly considering Alabama, Ohio State, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and LSU. He has an in-home with Alabama coach Anthony Grant on Friday, reports. KU apparently is no longer on his list.

“Right now, it looks like we’ll sign late because we just can’t make enough school visits,” Boo Williams, Troy’s uncle and AAU coach, told Zagsblog. “How the schedule works out, we can’t make (enough) school visits. We’ll probably only make one or two at the most (first semester).”

Gordon update: No. 5-ranked Aaron Gordon, a 6-8 forward from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif., tells that Arizona, Oregon and Washington are his current leaders. He’s to visit KU for Late Night and also is considering Kentucky, Cal and Stanford. His KU in-home visit is slated for Sept. 25.

Embiid’s offers: Unranked Joel Embiid, 7-foot, 220 pounds from Cameroon who now attends The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., tells the Louisville Courier-Journal he has offers from Louisville, KU, Florida, Marquette, Kansas State, Texas, DePaul, Southern Methodist, George Washington, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Lee cuts KU: No. 15-ranked Marcus Lee, a 6-9 senior forward from Deer Valley High in Antioch, Calif, has eliminated KU from his list of schools, reports. He has a final three of Cal, Kentucky and Louisville.

Young has KU on final list: No. 8-ranked James Young, a 6-6 senior shooting guard from Rochester (Mich.) High, has a final five of KU, Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

“The thing that excited us about Arizona and Syracuse is the style of play consistent with the coaches, as well as Kansas. All of those schools have gotten James excited,” said Young’s godfather, Sean Malone. He’d long been considered a heavy Kentucky lean.

Billy’s replacement: ESPN has listed some coaches who might replace Texas Tech’s Billy Gillispie, if he is fired in coming days.

Possible candidates are current Tech assistants Bubba Jennings, Jeremy Cox and Chris Walker, as well as former Tech assistant Chris Beard, head coach at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. So far there’s been no mention of KU director of basketball operations Doc Sadler, who was an assistant at Texas Tech from 1991 to ‘94.


Sam Constance 1 year, 7 months ago

Has anyone read the actual initial report about Gillispie and Texas Tech?

If not and you are at all curious, I highly recommend that you do so:

I would tend to agree that some of the things he is accused of are completely unacceptable. But I was also shocked at the sheer volume and ridiculousness of the allegations. Its like they say in homicide investigation--it was almost an "orgy of evidence". It's so much that I have to think that at least some of it has been fabricated or at least exaggerated.

That being said, it sounds like he's done at Texas Tech, regardless of how much of the allegations are true. There's enough damning evidence that it would make anyone in charge of evaluating his status at the University give pause, thinking 'if even SOME of this is true, we have to let him go'. Especially after the way Mike Leach was railroaded out of town by that former ESPN hack Craig James.

From the CBS article:

"One source said that Gillispie, the night before most games, has everyone in attendance participate in layup lines at the start of practice -- including television and radio broadcasters, strength coaches and assistant coaches.

"If we fumbled the ball, slipped or shot it with the wrong hand, he'd make us run the steps of the arena," the source said. "He got a big kick out of it, but it was demeaning for us as grown men."

Are we really expected to believe that? What kind of power would Gillispie have to actually force the broadcasters, for example, to do layup drills? I halfway expected the passage to end with, "and then he would parade a baby calf out onto the court, cut out it's heart and demand that everyone in attendance take a bite of the heart in order to gain the animal's "life force".

Another piece from the article that seems to strain credibility is the fact that one of the recruits that reportedly couldn't handle playing for Gillispie was named Wannah Bail. Seriously?!?!?! WANNAH BAIL! I'd say the answer to that question is a resounding 'yes'.

I wonder what BCG would say if you asked him today if he would take the Kentucky job if given another chance, knowing what he knows today... because since he left A&M, at which he had a pretty good thing going (I know this KU fan is glad he's no longer there), it's been one disaster after another for the guy. Admittedly some of his own doing.


milehighhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

(Rest of headline)...Despite Best Efforts of Messageboard Morons


jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

7 feet?

After all these years, its still a lot of feet.

Joel Embiid, come to KU aka Footer U.

Our dorms have beds for footers.

No feet hanging over the end of a bed at KU.

Rock Chalk!


jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. --Ambrose Bierce

And thus endeth Ambrose Bierce Day. :-)


Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Parker's dad is quoted as saying "I want to see how the coaches are going to set up a player of Jabari's size (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) and talent so he can handle the ball on the break and in the half court. Jabari needs to be allowed to make plays."

Hmmm. Personally, I'd suggest he go make plays at Kentucky, or Florida, or Georgetown, or wherever, and we'll kick his a** with our "team."

I get what Parker's dad is doing. I get demands. I get that he is looking out for his kid. But does he really get that if he comes to KU it is about KU, not Jabari Parker? I doubt it, and I just want no part of that garbage.

Try an alternative quote: " I want to hear how each of the coaches intend to develop my son. Jabari's a talented young man and can do a lot of things, but he can get better with the right guidance. There's no question Jabari wants to play in the NBA, but college is special experience. We're looking for a coach and school where he can improve as a person and player, while continuing to develop as part of a team."

I don't know, maybe I just don't get it. Give me the next tier who isn't a sure-fire 1st round pick. A kid whose professional playing career will be decided by how well he develops at KU. We seem to have had pretty good success with that.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Joel Embiid breaks into a top 100. Unbelievable for a kid who supposedly has only been playing for 18 months.

Self visiting Parker .. from ESPN -----

I just had a great conversation with Sonny Parker, father of Chicago Simeon small forward Jabari Parker, who said his son is excited about the home visits, which started Tuesday night when Florida coach Billy Donovan stopped by. They continue with DePaul coach Oliver Purnell visiting on Wednesday and Kansas coach Bill Self making the trip on Friday to the top-rated senior, while other programs are working on dates to visit the Parkers.

Once the in-home visits are complete, Sonny said that Jabari could be ready to trim his list of 10 -- Brigham Young, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford -- down to five.

"I am looking for how the coaches explain their style of play to Jabari," said Sonny, who was drafted No. 17 overall in the 1976 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. "I want to see how the coaches are going to set up a player of Jabari's size (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) and talent so he can handle the ball on the break and in the half court. Jabari needs to be allowed to make plays."

And making plays is exactly what Jabari Parker can do. He has the ability to rebound, lead the break, come off screens, pick and pop to drive or shoot the 3. Not to mention, if his defender is smaller than him, he will attack from the low post, where he has the feel, moves and footwork of an NBA veteran and the basketball IQ to go with it.

It will be fun to see what schools make the cut for the most versatile and toughest matchup in the Class of 2013.


bad_dog 1 year, 7 months ago

One can only speculate at the variety of services potentially offered by a "Cat Barber". Waxing, shaving, tweezing; the possibilities are endless.


Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 7 months ago

Bill was in Memphis yesterday visiting Chris Jones's mama and he didnt call me? I would have taken him to my favorite BBQ place for lunch. His loss. Maybe next trip he'll have more time.


HawkKlaw 1 year, 7 months ago

This is very good news. We're the only blue blood in his final 3!


jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

But one has at least to wonder if perhaps it might not be a concept being advanced by the axis of oligarchy backing President Obama, since he is from Chicago, a major city in a region with some history of obstructing the Super Corridor's extention.

And of course, if a dry canal were to connect the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River System, and coupled with a number of "dry canals" spanning central America, that might spell the end of a need for a Super Corridor, at all, mightn't it?

And that in turn might alter which conference teams might wish to realign with, assuming that conferences among other things represent alliances of states with similar regional voting interests beyond just game days.

Oh, its so interesting to speculate about conference expansion outside the TV revenue box.

I am amazed that persons are not noticing that MU jumped to a conference for apparently LESS TV money. How remarkable!

But, but, but, jaybate, football TV revenues drive everything including high and low tides, haven't you heard? MU was just to stupid to forecast what the likely revenues would be for Big 12 football.

Sure, and if you believe that, then I've got some Confederate War bonds to sell, too.

MU jumps for less football TV money, not long after Texas and Oklahoma stayed in the Big 12 apparently for less football TV money. How many schools have to take less football TV money to either stay, or leave, before board rats start noticing that something other than football TV revenues drives the realignment process?

Oh, wait, its all just ludicrous conjecture on my part. :-)

It can't be. :-)

OK, I'm down with my scenario still being mostly speculative.

But at least we can give up this hoary notion that football TV revenues are driving realignment, can't we?

(Note: all speculation and opining.)


jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

"To Be Filed Under: Not Sure If/How This May Figure into Conference Expansion Yet"

To reiterate, conference expansion has to wait to see which candidate is elected, because who becomes President significantly impacts which axis of oligarchy gets the most pork for the next four years. And, well, why jump to a conference that has backers that are on the outside looking in on the Federal gravy train of education/research funding and regional infrastructure expansion issues, right?

So: inconsequential things like Super Corridor extension hang in the balance for awhile longer and that effects conference re-alignment, because aligning with the right conference under the right Presidential administration could mean so much more to your university's and your state's bottom line than some TV chits thrown your way for football TV revenues, right?

And to remind all, the Super Corridor remains blocked in KC. And it remains blocked in KC, while "dry canals" (that use high speed trains specially designed and built to move containers ship to shore to ship) are being punched across Colombia (Chinese), Mexico (Crown of Great Britain), and Nicaragua (not sure who) apparently in attempts to end run not only the antiquated Panama Canal, but the Xtapa to Kansas City Super Corridor stalled in KC, also.

So: what's new?

A dry canal is now proposed that would connect the Great Lakes with the Mississippi.

Now, which axis of oligarchy is pushing this particular "dry canal" from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi is undetermined by yours truly, at present. A case could be made for those backers of President Obama. Another case could be made that it is clever move by backers of Mitt Romney to garner support in those states.


jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

"Is the Game Being Cleaned Up, or Are the Wrong Way Types Purging the Right Way Types at Last?"

● D1 hoops have reputedly been corrupted for a long time. I have been waiting a long time for the "wrong way" types to get their just deserts. But is that what is happening?

And a small group of "right way" coaches appear to have been refusing to "play ball" with "wrong way" types favoring the compliant with talent. In turn...

Duke gets a Lance Thomas case, something that could easily be explained by four summers of $15/hour summer jobs, plus a small amount of student loans, plus youthful overoptimism about his his chances in the draft.

UNC gets a fund raiser and his co-worker/romantic interest run for padding expense accounts to see her son play a game at Notre Dame. Wow! Is that bottomless corruption, or what?

KU had its Scalpinggate and LewGate. Some bottom feeders in the bureaucracy that had nothing to do with KU basketball defrauding the school with ticket scalping, and an AD having the chutzpah to accept some exercise equipment for awhile before returning it. Is this really the kind of corruption that is the foundation of the "wrong way" types eating away at the talent pimping?

Norm Roberts, a "right way" guy, is documented to have gotten run from St. Johns by the "wrong way" types, because he wouldn't be force fed players and juco coaches from "wrong way" talent pimps.

Billy Gillispie, another "right way" type perhaps got run from UK for being a "right way" guy, sat out a while, tried to come back at lowly TTech, and perhaps may be getting run there, too, maybe again for being a "right way" type.

It seems that programs that refuse to be force players and coaches from the "wrong way" talent pimps increasingly find themselves getting investigated for other things in their programs.

While at the same time, "wrong way" programs sail through clouds of rumored investigations that never seem to be followed through on.

I keep waiting: when do the "wrong way" types start getting their just deserts?

The longer this run on the "right way" programs continues, with no "wrong way" big timers taking hits, the more it looks like a coup d'etat of hoops.

Why do you think the "right way" programs are going down, but the "wrong way" programs are not?

Does anyone seriously think Duke, UNC, and KU are the real dens of iniquity in D1?

●"This is Chicago, Mr. Ness. Everyone knows where the booze is. The question is, Mr. Ness, what're you prepared to do?!!!"


Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Really, what is the attraction to Alabama for Barber? I guess only if it is really so important that his buddy, Troy Williams, come with him. I posted a while back that I don't think they'll go to the same college. We hear this from time to time and rarely to does it happen.

When Barber and his family are assessing his future, his chances of playing in the NBA, the entire package, they are going to bet that on Alabama because Williams can come with him? Not happening. And take Williams out of that equation .. Alabama was only in the equation because they were on both Williams' and Barber's lists; they're selling the package deal. No way he picks 'Bama. No rational reason to do so.

But Louisville and NC State are legitimate candidates for a guy like Barber. And Louisville is now out.

Geography favors NC State -- everything else favors KU.

First post of this thread said 60% probability. I'll go higher. 70%. The only thing that could provide real sway for this kid is the weight of the "being closer to home" thing. That could trump some other things, of course. That is out of Self's control. But put yourself in that family's place. KU vs. NC State? Yea, I want my boy close to home. But this is his future. This could decide if he's making millions in a few years, or relying upon his degree to get him by in life. Come on. Son, you must be a Jayhawk.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 7 months ago

It appears we are in Cat's Final Three rather than Top Three unless there are other stealth suitors out there lurking in the shadows.

Let's look at the competition;

  • ALABAMA - Most folks in that state don't even know that Alabama has a basketball team and a surprising number don't even know what a basketball is. The only ball that counts is oblong and made from a P-I-G, Pig!!!

  • NORTH CAROLINA STATE - Haven't been relevant in basketball since Jimmy V's "never give up" speech in 1993 and haven't won a league title or been to a Final Four since Reagan was President. All Wolfpack fans hate the color Carolina Blue.

  • UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS - C'mon, I even really need to list it all???


Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 7 months ago

If the Evan Daniels story is true, I'm really curious. I can't think of too many things a kid would do on a visit that would make a school give up on that wouldn't result in criminal charges, except, of course, just saying thanks but no thanks. Maybe he reminded Pitino of the last game he played in AFH?

Until I hear something of material to the contrary, the most likely bet is he simply told them after all was said and done 'thanks, but no thanks, I've already made up my mind'. I was wrong about the NC State visit being off yesterday. I must have his schedule confused with someone else's. Still, Louisville was the big competition for us. Cat doesn't have any particular ties to NC State or Bama. The only reason he'd have to pick NC State right now is that they're close enough that his family could come to games regularly. I suppose it could happen, but I'm not convinced that we don't have a significant edge.

Getting cut by Lee wasn't really disappointing as I'd expected it to happen earlier. He'd said at one point he was only interested in schools with year-round warm weather. Then it seemed he wanted to follow his friend (who picked Cal). I never got the sense he really bought in with us and was surprised he'd scheduled a visit.

It's nice we're still on James Young's radar, but I don't think he'll pick us either. 6'6" 2/3. You know the song and dance.


Chris Shaw 1 year, 7 months ago

Breaking News: Notre Dame just joined the ACC in all sports except football. That is terrible news!


Michael Luby 1 year, 7 months ago

When is boot camp again? I hope Cat picks KU. Should be best guard weve had since Collins, though totally different game styles.


KEITHMILES05 1 year, 7 months ago

Word from Evan Daniels, national recruting guy is Barber did something really dumb while on oficial visit to Lville. They then dropped him. Naturally, everybody wants to know what it was he did to be dropped so quickly.


trustyourSelf 1 year, 7 months ago

C'mon Cat, this is an easy one.


Joe Satterwhite 1 year, 7 months ago

Odds KU lands Barber? Right now I'd say 60%. Anyone agree?


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