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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cat’ Barber picks N.C. State

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Elite senior point-guard prospect Anthony “Cat” Barber on Saturday orally committed to play basketball at North Carolina State during his campus visit to the Raleigh, N.C., school.

Barber, who visited KU on Aug. 31-Sept. 2, chose the Wolfpack over KU and Alabama. He’ll be playing college ball a 31⁄2-hour drive from his Hampton, Va., home.

“She loves it and is happy,” Barber said of his mom, Pam, in an interview with ncstate.rivals.com. “She liked everything and loved the school to death. She was hyped.

“They played a big part, too,” Barber added of friends and family being close by. “A whole lot of people were telling me (about N.C. State), but I wanted to see for myself. You have to see stuff for yourself, and I saw it and felt good.”

The 6-foot-2 guard, who is ranked No. 9 nationally by Rivals.com, visited Louisville a week ago, but was dropped by the Cardinals as a recruit at the conclusion of his visit for unknown reasons.

“The environment was just made for me — from the coaches, the school and the people around like the academic people,” Barber told ncstate.rivals.com.

KU, which has received oral commitments from No. 28-ranked Conner Frankamp, 6-foot from Wichita North, and No. 22 Brannen Greene, 6-7 from Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., is recruiting at least two other point guards.

No. 27-ranked Demetrius Jackson, 6-1 from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., is considering KU, Butler, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Xavier.

Chris Jones, a 5-11 sophomore from Northwest Florida State College, is considering KU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Florida State. He’s a former Tennessee commit originally from Memphis. KU currently has five scholarships available in the Class of 2013.

Evan Manning hobbled: KU freshman walk-on guard Evan Manning, 6-3 out of Free State High, recently suffered a severe ankle sprain and has been wearing a boot on his right foot. KU coach Bill Self said Manning “will be back (fully) in two weeks.”

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ku_foaf 1 year, 7 months ago

I read on a Louisville site that he stole a girl's cellphone at a party and it was traced back to VA. Whatever the cause, there seems to be reservations about his character.

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KMathis 1 year, 7 months ago

JayBate, thanks as always for your endless filibuster. But uh.. We're talking about Cat Barber... The guy you went on and on and on about. That guy... Remember?

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Dee Shaw 1 year, 7 months ago

I am sure this young man, Cat is a great kid but to be honest I would have had one hard time cheering for a young man with the name Cat since we are Jayhawks. Good luck at NC St. Average program and an average coach. The definition of average is simple, the best of the worst and the worst of the best. The only issue I have is that you could have played for a GREAT program and a GREAT coach.

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jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

FWIW, George went to Villanova, assisted at Nova and Maryland, and got to be pals with Sonny Vaccaro, when ex jock Sonny had started and was running the Dapper Dan Tournament. Wetzel's book says Sonny' brother Jimmy was in the gaming industry, but I could not confirm that anywhere else and besides, I digress.

Next, George made a career of being a .500 career head coach from 1972-1995 at Washington State, Iowa, and USC. He never won a conference title. He never got deeper than the second round of the NCAA tourney, according to his own wikipedia page. But George was, according to Wetzel, one of the pioneers of modern recruiting in which coaches searched endlessly for talent anywhere and started recruiting it early. If I recall correctly, Bob Knight once took a shine to George and George assisted Bob at the 1984 Olympics. A car accident finished George at USC, though he might have been flushed regardless, after finishing 5th and 7th his last two years. Somewhere along the way he and Sonny got tight enough for George to be Sonny's best man, then stayed tight while Sonny pioneered the whole Mike-Nike thing, then as George neared the end at USC, George reputedly campaigned for an NABC job and took some pot shots at the shoe guys and AAU folks, which reputedly ticked Sonny off. Then George took a job with Nike, when Sonny had moved to Addidas and they have stayed public enemies ever since.

George is reputedly a big dog, a Mr. Global Basketball guy at Nike. So, again: that makes George sort of ground zero for the shoe company's effects on college basketball. His web site is perhaps as interesting for what he does not discuss about the shoe companies influence on the game, as what he does. But some of his posts are interesting. And it only makes sense for a basketball fan to keep an eye on a guy who's shoe company contracts are supposedly very influential.

George has a page of epigrams he lives by. One was interesting. "Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate."

I don't know if that sums George up, but it speaks to an aspect of him.

He adds posts frequently, too. And he can actually write.

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jaybate 1 year, 7 months ago

"Memory Hole Recall and Other Things"

~The allegation that some of KU's players had some kind of improper activity with a fellow in a Wichita Federal court regarding a significant pot ring?

~The Pump brothers, who's names surfaced back in Scalpingate and were apparently cleared of wrong doing. I was wondering if they were still involved in amateur basketball teams, or if that experience had disillusioned them with it.

~Roger Morningstar--is he still with Converse tennis shoes, which is a subsidiary of Nike--or has one of the great three position guys of KU history decided to go fishing full time?

~George Raveling, a guy I have never particularly respected, but also never strongly disliked. I looked him up. I had heard he was involved with Nike, but I have until recently tried to stay blissfully under informed of the shoe infrastructure in the game. I knew it was reputedly unseemly. I knew it had gone through a Mike phase, a Shaq phase, a Kobe phase, and so on up to a Lebron phase. I sort of lost interest in it back in the Myron Piggie scandal. But when I confirmed George was significant at Nike, I plucked down a copy of "Sole Influence: Basketball, Corporate Greed, and the Corruption of America's Youth," written in 2000 by Dan Wetzel and Don Yaeger. Wetzel, as you probably don't recall, was a UMass poli sci major ('94) that ran the UMass campus newspaper during the time of John Calipari's reign, which ended two years later in forfeits caused by things Calipari as usual had no knowledge of. But I digress about Wetzel, who apparently deserves a whole other skeptical post exploring his relationship with Calipari. In the book, Wetzel was about as unflattering to George Ravelling, as he has been flattering to John Calipari over the years. This almost makes me suspicious that George Raveling is a better guy than a I thought. Regardless, Wetzel's book raked some good basics, some of which I mention below.

So: now back to George Raveling. He has a very interesting web site worth a look, especially when you know he's a major domo of Nike basketball shoes and so near ground zero of what some describe as talent valving via shoe contracts. George of course thinks he is doing great things with basketball shoes. He is a very positive guy, as he himself implies he is. I really don't know enough yet about the shoe game to say. http://coachgeorgeraveling.com

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jumpinjayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

He would of had to earn playing time at KU and at NC State he would be the man. You have to question a kid that takes the easy route anyhow and what he actually did in Lousville to get dropped. Sounds to me like we re better off without him.

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Adam Gerval 1 year, 7 months ago

Seriously, I want to know what's going on with this kid. Where there's smoke there's fire. There has got be something. It just doesn't add up to me...and you don't get sent home in the middle of an official visit for no reason...especially when you're a highly touted recruit. NC State over KU...where you would get major exposure, you're going to play third or fourth fiddle. Why would you take PT at NC State over KU? I get the whole close to home thing, but like several people have already said, if you're this kids parents and are hoping that he can get to the NBA and get an education and develop his game, why in the world would you go with NC State?

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texashawk10 1 year, 7 months ago

I forget who posted, it a few days ago someone was mentioning the area of Memphis where Chris Jones was from was so bad that even Calipari avoided while at Memphis. I see something similar here as well. the Hampton area of Virginia is absolutely one of the biggest hotbeds for athletes, both football and basketball, but there is also a pretty negative stereotype about those athletes in regards to their character as well. Michael Vick and Allen Iverson are probably the two biggest names to come out of Hampton in the past 20 years or so and I think because of those two, the entire area gets the stereotype that everyone from there is a "thug" and has poor character. It sounds like Barber may very well fit into this stereotype and it's unfortunate because Barber is a very good athlete, but if pulling stupid crap like he is rumored to have done on his Louisville visit is true, then he could very well be headed down the road to ruining his future. I realize it appears I'm bringing race into the equation, but I'm really not. That region of Virginia is not the most financially well off area for those that live there and crime is pretty common in areas that aren't financially well off. That's an issue that is color blind and it just so happens that this area where Barber is from is predominantly black. These same issues exist in poor areas that are predominantly white, hispanic, or whatever race happens to live in an area.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Just saw this article at CBS .. references the dreaded "wanting to be close to home" as being a major factor. That's tough to compete with. But nothing on the rumors from the Louisville visit.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20194781/top-10-prospect-cat-barber-commits-to-nc-state

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kufaninmo 1 year, 7 months ago

ah, i say big deal...after last season we know we can get work done without top ten recruits.

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Matt1958 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey. Help me out all. Why did we have no interest in the Ojeleye kid?

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Lets see what 5star EJ can do this year w/ball in his hands. Tharpe backup will gain invaluable experience as 15mpg backup & rotation player. Frankamp apparently is a shooting savant, ala Keiton Page...as I talked with yet another person in Wichita who has followed Frankamp all through his highschool career and seen almost every game. And unlike Keiton Page, Frankamp can dunk easily--saw this myself (and he is definitely 6ft now, although a skinny dude for sure).

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Jayhawk470 1 year, 7 months ago

Sounds like North Carolina State is on a clear path back to relevancy. Too bad we lost this cat to the dogs - ahem, to the wolves, but there are plenty of other fish in the water for Self to choose from.

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bennybob 1 year, 7 months ago

Reading the comments above people seem concerned we will be lacking in point guard depth.

Conner Frankamp is a PG. he can play the 2 because he is an amazing shooter but Self will not start a guy at the 2 that will be giving up 4-5 inches in height a night on the defensive end. That's to much of a liability for Self to tolerate.

I would have taken Barber in a second because you can never pass up that kind of talent but I've never felt he or any other PG was needed to fill out this recruiting class. I'd much rather take the schollie and get another big. thats were the depth is going to be worrisome going forward.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Forgetting the rumor on Self dropping out of his recruitment, I posted a few days ago that it was really between KU and NC State. My thought was that the only reason why he'd choose NC State would be if the weight of being close to home would overcome the obvious positives KU held over NC State. Meaning, there would be no rational reason to choose the NC State situation over KU, except for the distance for his family to see games.

Of couse, this rumor could have sealed the deal. But you never know what's important to a kid. It seems that if I'm the parent and I think one situation is clearly better for my kid, I wouldn't let proximity make my decision. You never know the kid though. He might be prone to being homesick. Lots of the things we just don't know, namely the veracity of this rumor.

I do like the Josiah Turner reference, because you just never know about any kid. It's just best guess.

It would certainly be a nice thing for Gary, Matt, or Jesse to follow-up on and see if they could get the real scoop there. Did Self drop out? And why? I'm sure there's an unnamed source that could give them some reliable info.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 7 months ago

I've got to say I'm a little stunned. I really didn't think that NC State was gonna offer much competition. On the other hand, if these rumors have any legs, then that explains things as well as anything else. I'm still a little confused as to what really happened at Louisville. If they really thought he stole player's belongings why wasn't it reported to the authorities. Do you think those personal belongings were of the recreational kind? The whole thing seems a little odd, but Self backing off is the most plausible reason for the NC State commit given the momentum we had going with Barber. Well, we're still on to Jackson and Jones. Either one would be a great pick up IMHO. Weird situation though.

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jayhawks1009 1 year, 7 months ago

Either Frankamp is going to play to point or Tharpe is going to have to make major strides in his development because we have no chance with Jackson. Plus, Chris Jones is a huge Louisville lean. The 2014 backcourt is going to be as weak as its every been.

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Jeeveshawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Now we will have to rely heavily on Naadir Tharpe as our star point guard in 2014. Theese are our possible backcourt lineups.

  1. Tharpe
  2. Frankamp
  3. White (Adams and Greene off the bench)

  1. Tharpe
  2. White
  3. Greene (Frankamp and Adams off the bench)

  1. Demetrius Jackson
  2. Naadir Tharpe
  3. White (Adams Frankamp and Greene off bench)
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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 7 months ago

Actually Alabama was up on top of the list for this guy. Anthony Grant backed off as did Self. Very sad that a top recruit with on the court skills has such bad judgement on an official visit. When 3 schools back off you know it's the truth. Yes, dodge a bullet.

Funny how all he talks about when it come to NCS is what his family thinks and not a think how he feels he'll fit in on the team. Wish the kid well but we didn't need to take a chance on somebody who has shown huge character flaws/

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Matt1958 1 year, 7 months ago

I knew it. I just knew it. Friday Night, up 11, our ball inside the Rockhurst 20. Somehow, we lost. Now this. What's next? Ellis transfers to UK? I need to go vomit!

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Danny Hernandez 1 year, 7 months ago

Supposedly Barber stole from one of the players(DUMB) and Pitino told Cat (burgler)Barber, no thanks....and Coach Self also followed suit after being informed of the circumstances. I'm also hearing that Alabama quit recruiting him as well.

We dodged a bullet, similar to Josiah Turner's recruitment when he signed with UofA over Kansas.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm interested to see the espn reporting on whether Self rescinded his offer as midwest_muser mentioned .. is there a link? Here's what I saw at one of those less than completely reliable sites:

http://bustingbrackets.com/2012/09/15/5-star-point-guard-anthony-barber-commits-to-nc-state-ends-strange-recruitment/

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Janet Scott 1 year, 7 months ago

I heard the reason Cat was dropped by Louisville is that Cat wanted Rick to show him the restaurant in which Rick "did it", and Rick was pi**ed.

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Jocelyn Kennedy 1 year, 7 months ago

I had not heard about incident at Louisville, but really, how dumb do you have to be to do something like that? Good riddance.

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odc213 1 year, 7 months ago

This might be for the better

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KUfanInFlorida 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, hopefully we'll be able to land Jackson.

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midwest_muser 1 year, 7 months ago

ESPN is reporting that coach Self rescinded the scholarship offer after the Louisville incident.

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Miguel Colón 1 year, 7 months ago

Not worried, if the stories are true about him stealing at Louisville then he isn't a Kansas player! Hope it's not too late for Jackson!

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