Wednesday, September 19, 2012

KU’s Self checks in with top 2013 wing recruits


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who on Tuesday held an in-home recruiting visit with the mother of four-star shooting guard prospect Wayne Selden in New Hampshire, today visits five-star James Young in Rochester Heights, Mich.

Selden, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior from Tilton (N.H.) School, who is ranked No. 23 nationally by, has a list of KU, Florida, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse and UCLA. He told he’d like to make a recruiting visit to KU.

“I’ve just become very fond of the Kansas program over the years,” Selden said. “The staff sees me as a guy that can come in and play the one (point guard), the two (shooting guard) or the three (small forward).”

Selden is regarded as one of the most physical players in the country.

“Checking in at nearly 230 pounds, Selden is built more like your typical tight end than a high school shooting guard,” said’s Eric Bossi. “An explosive athlete, Selden’s ability to strong arm opponents is a big advantage.”

Young, a 6-6, 200-pound senior from Rochester (Mich..) High who is the country’s No. 8-rated prospect, has a list of KU, Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State and Arizona. Some analysts believe Kentucky is the favorite to land Young.

More on Randle: No. 1-ranked Julius Randle, a 6-9 senior forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, tells he had a great visit to Kentucky last weekend.

The highlight?

“Me, Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays went to the practice facility and put up shots at 1:30 a.m. to about 3 a.m. I love having access to the practice facility when I want to go into the gym and shoot,” said Randle, who has a list of KU, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

KU, of course, also has a practice gym in which players can use their own personal codes to enter at any time.

“I was scheduled to visit Florida in October and now they want me to reschedule it during the season so I can attend a game. I am also looking at Duke, Kansas, UNC, N.C. State and Texas to visit,” Randle told ESPN.

Jackson update: No. 27-rated Demetrius Jackson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., will visit Notre Dame this weekend. He has a list of KU, Notre Dame, Illinois, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State and Xavier. Notre Dame, Illinois and KU are believed to be favorites.

He’s been a priority of Notre Dame since his freshman year of high school.

“It’s a big step,” Jackson told the South Bend Tribune, referring to the Irish’s jump to the ACC. “They’re playing against the big dogs now. It will be a great move for them as a program. It does change my thought process. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” Jackson added. “My dream and my goal are to be the best. Playing in a conference like (the ACC) is definitely a way you can earn being the best.”

Jackson told the Indianapolis Star he’d like to decide before the start of his senior season.

“But a lot of things can happen. Look at the Penn State (football) situation and the kids that are there now. I really feel for them because it’s nothing they’ve done to be in that position,” he told the Star. “A big reason why I’ve waited this long is because I felt like I wasn’t educated enough. Through this process I’ve learned a lot,” Jackson said of recruiting.


ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Self visited the Mom? The recruit skipped the visit?

Randle gushing about UK.

Jackson gushing about the ACC.


nuleafjhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

JayDogger - If you're a highly touted high school basketball player, it would be extremely difficult to leave Baylor off of your wish list.

Who wouldn't want to move to Waco, Tx and have your skills refined by Scott Drew?


Alohahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Not to downgrade KU's other recruits, but Selden would be a very good get. He reclassified to 2013, from the 2014 class, and even before that I believe Self was recruiting him heavily, probably thinking he'd be an excellent replacement in case McLemore jumped early. That could still happen and Selden could also fill that PG space Self has as a priority for this recruiting class. Rivals has him at #23, but if I remember correctly Scout has him ranked about 13 or so (which would be higher than Jackson is ranked in both). Don't know how quick on his feet he is, but ranked that high, he has to be pretty fast. I could imagine him barreling down the lane, and at 6' 5" and 230 pounds he'd create some room, sort of like a taller version of Sherron Collins.

Would be nice if he could attend Late Night.

offline 8 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Self should have Doc Sadler go on the recruiting trip.

Troll_or_AntiTroll 8 years, 5 months ago

Employing the tools of psychohistory, I have determined that KU recruiting faces a "Seldon Crises."

Phil Leister 8 years, 5 months ago

Did Jackson really just cite the Penn State situation as a reason he'll be hesitant to commit somewhere??? I know I'm reading into that, but why's he throwing Penn State into an interview?

Jack Wilson 8 years, 5 months ago

The kid was simply giving an example as to why it might be unwise to decide on a school too quickly (note that it followed the reference that he'd like to decide prior to his senior season beginning) -- he then said “But a lot of things can happen. Look at the Penn State (football) situation ..." It is an example. Another example might be Calhoun resigning. Another example might be Gillispie imploding. Another example might be Bobby Petrino's escapades. Just an example.

Phil Leister 8 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, don't know what I'd do without you.

David Gisi 8 years, 5 months ago

Also, that interview with the IndyStar was August 24 or 25, right around when the Sandusky trial was going on and ?s about NCAA death penalty were all over the news. It's not like he made those comments yesterday. Also, that article stated that Jackson has a visit date set to KU for Oct 27. Don't recall if that has been listed here, but pretty sure that date is set. I said before the only real shot ND has at him is possible momentum from the ACC move. Interesting that each time there is an update on Jackson here, the school lists keep changing back and forth. Everything he has said indicates the only 4 schools in the mix are KU, Illinois, UK and ND. And I think that may be the order he would list his preference at this point (tho I'm just guessing).

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

Mclemore, White, Greene, (Ellis).

4 deep with guys that will all be freshman/sophmores

Why is the staff still targeting wings?

Jack Wilson 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm curious .. you had mentioned in earlier posts that we don't need a point guard. Here you question targeting wings. What is your suggestion on how to fill the last three open scholarship spots?

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

2 bigs

1 OAD 1 solid 3 year guy

That would give us OAD and Ellis as a front court next year and your 3 year guy and whoever pans out from the Peters/Lucas/Traylor competition moving forward

5th schollie is a wildcard. Maybe a gift falls to us in the spring

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

This is the university of Kansas. We should be able to "select" blue chips rather than "recruit" them.

Thats essentially what UK, UNC, and Duke do. Sure we should expect to miss out on recruits that choose to go to another blueblood program but it is unexceptable the number of kids the staff misses on that end up going to schools that dont deserve to be mentioned in the smae sentence as KU. My concern isn't that the staff doesnt "select" recruits its that it CANT.

We've got better facilities, better fans, better tradition, better player development, better arena, and are a more winning program than the Louisville, Florida's and NC states of the world.

I realize KU isn't the front runner for any of the OADs left. i was simply giving HEM what my ideal scenario would be.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

Never said the other guys dont work for their recruiting classes. They "select" recruit in the sence that they identify someone they want, go out and work their buts off and then much more often than not they sign that target. That use to be the case with Bill Self in his early tenure here at KU. That was the case during Roy's stewardship(although Roy refused to target some kids he could have) and that is the case for Roy now at UNC along with K and Cal.

I'm not envious at all, I'm just one of the few realists on this site that call a spade a spade and identify that Self is performing below his peers on the recruiting trail.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

No i guess the difference is, Self "recruits" 15-20 guys and ends up signing 2-3.

The other bluebloods "Select" 9-10 and end up signing 4-5.

I wish there was some way to compile data on percentage of scholarship offers accepted by recruits.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

Everytime your fingers touch the keyboard you can't help but launch a personal attack at me? Have I ever done anything to personally insult you? I enjoy having civilized debates but I'm starting to believe they aren't possible with you.

I was upset with Self last year because if your going to go all in on a Guy like Tarc, you better land him which Self didn't. I give credit to Self for learning from that experience that he's no longer the recruiting force he once was and has to start casting a wider net(ie "recruiting" rather than "selecting")

But that doesn't change the fact that having to cast a wider net is indicative of a less successful recruiter.

HawkKlaw 8 years, 5 months ago

You sound like an entitled KU fan that expects way too much out of Bill Self. This isn't an EA Sports video game. And not all recruits that KU misses on go to other blueblood programs.

Also, it is not "unacceptable" at all. Missing on recruits is part of the game. There's no science behind it. Kids choose other schools for all sorts of different reasons. Take off your crimson and blue blinders. KU is not the only school that matters to everyone.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow, never thought I'd be accused on having "crimson and blue blinders" lol

All I expect from Bill Self is recruiting results on par with his peers. Similar to what he use to do pre the Selby debacle.

Yes, every program misses on kids. I;m not expecting 100% success rate. waht I am excpeting is a success rate at least as good as Roy, K and Cal. Self hasn't had that for 3+ years

HawkKlaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Self's recruiting results are on par with his peers. Cal recruits top-ranked players with a higher success rate than Coach K, Roy Williams and Bill Self, in case you didn't notice. But Coach K, Roy and Self (and a few others) are all on par with each other. There is no recruiting problem at KU. If there were, the first sign would be seeing ESPN and every other sports media outlet in America reporting on it. Headlines like "KU MISSES ON TOP RECRUIT AGAIN" and "MORE WOES FOR SELF AND KANSAS" would exist. They don't. It's in your head. You want these recruits so badly for KU that you don't understand how they can choose a place like Kentucky or Duke. That's what I call "looking at the world through crimson and blue blinders".

Kip_McSmithers 8 years, 5 months ago

Agreed Hawk, Just look at the top 50 or so 2012 recruits. Kentucky did miss out on a few of them. Perry Ellis? Muhammad?

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

I would wager those stories would be creeping up had Self not pulled the miracle out of his A** last year by getting that team to the championship game.

By all rights we had no business being in that game. that was Selfs least talented squad since he's been at KU.

He lost his two best players from his least talented team and reloaded with a below average recruiting class by his old standards.

HawkKlaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Well now you're just making stuff up. Below average recruiting class? Bah!

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

This one I actually do have data on.

Bill Selfs historical recruiting class rankngs(pre Selby) according to Rivals:

8th, 2nd, 4th, 12th NR(2 man class w/ Aldrich), 2nd, 6th.

average class ranking ignoring unnemrated '07 class: 5.67

2012 class ranking: 10th

Statistcal fact that class was below historical average.

Bulkmania 8 years, 5 months ago

Ellis isn't a wing. Stop calling him that. Or even suggesting Bill might play him there. Prototypical 4 in Self's system.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 5 months ago

It would appear by putting him in ( ) that he was suggesting that Ellis might be a 4th wing option, but not primary. And he's right. You'll see Ellis on the floor at times this season with two bigs, like Withey and Peters. It's a "look" for periods of time in a game. You'll also likely see Tharpe, EJ, McLemore, and White on the floor at the same time with Withey, or even Ellis. Again, a "look" that may be dictated by game situations. Or you could see Ellis as a wing due to emergency (injury/fouls).

I would agree, though, that Ellis is a perfect 4 in Self's system and that will be his primary role.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

Looks like Kansas State just landed a top Guard from Texas--shooting guard Wesley Iwundu (Houston, Texas/Westfield).

soapisurfriend 8 years, 5 months ago

Not really, that was like a week ago. And I know a couple of twins who might disagree with you about being the top guard in Texas. As a matter of fact, he was no where close to the top guard, and he chose KSU because it was his only chance to play in the B12.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

"a top guard from Texas"

Not the top guard from Texas. Not a top guard in the Nation.

A top guard from Texas. That's it.

PS. September 17 wasn't last week. It was Monday, and that's when he committed.

soapisurfriend 8 years, 5 months ago

I was being sarcastic about his commitment date, as there have been tweets about him committing since he visited manhattan September 1. Nobody is saying he is a top guard in the nation, but in the ultra-talent rich state of Texas. Which he is neither in Texas, nor the country, although the upside is there for the 3-star prospect.

Robin Smith 8 years, 5 months ago

Dave Telep, yesterday, reported the commitment on his blog with the teaser link saying literally, "Kansas State lands top Texas guard"

Note, he means a top guard, not the top guard, just as the OP said. What the strict definition of 'top' is is debatable. Either way, it seems like your initial response is a tangent, which misses the point.

BTW, did you know that sarcasm is derived from a Greek word meaning 'to tear one's flesh' -- ugh, not a very nice idea. Did you also know that sarcasm does not really get conveyed well over the internet, especially sans signifiers like the tilde.

soapisurfriend 8 years, 5 months ago

A tangent? I'm not so sure. Argumentative and maybe unnecessarily confrontational? I'd agree. My apologies to BJ for that, I simply do not like to give the Wilcats praise, even if warranted. I will agree with you that the meaning of "top" differs depending on how you're looking at it. There are literally hundreds of high school ballers in Texas, so I guess, from this view he is considered a "top guard". When I look at the top, I mean guys like the Harrison twins, Keith Frazier, Matt Jones, Kendal Harris or Emmanuel Mudiay (who by the way is at the too of my wish list in 2014).

Robin Smith 8 years, 5 months ago

"A tangent? I'm not so sure. Argumentative and maybe unnecessarily confrontational? I'd agree."

--- Hahaha, I love it, great response (no sarcasm). I agree with you, except I'm down with anyone repping Kansas on the national scene, even if it is our delinquent little brother. Your point about how many guards there are in Texas was exactly what I was thinking too. I would also be very happy if we got any of those players who by comparison make KSU's guy look not-so-top :D

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

Selden's description reminded me a bit of Royce White. I would like that Match Up Advantage any day if he can really handle the rock.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

I think that sounds about right! A little shorter, but pretty spot on. Wouldn't you take the chance for a year to develop a "Point Forward" in order to get a guy like Selden?

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

Ya, I have a feeling Bill would love to scheme with that!

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

ralser - true statement about BW not being able to hold Self's j-strap.

But - it doesn't mean that he wouldn't LIKE to........

dylans 8 years, 5 months ago

Succeed at Illinois get head coaching job at KU. Fail at Illinois get head coaching job at KSU.

Ron Franklin 8 years, 5 months ago

Having a bad day Ralster? Jumpin his ass for a comment about our in state rival? Geesh, Man! Seems relative to me.

Well-technically not a rival, though--I take that back.

Michael Luby 8 years, 5 months ago

man, cant they just start the season already? Im sick of waiting for it.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Why all the long faces KU fans? It is still September and the early signing period is still a month away and KU currently has two Top 30 prospects already for next year. I would say KU is ahead of schedule unlike some recent years in the recruiting world.

Yes, KU has apparently missed on a couple of PG targets that KU seemed confident in getting 1 of 3 in Barber, Jackson, and Jones, but that's the craziness of recruiting and that shouldn't be foreign to anybody.

I am really hoping Self and Staff are thinking outside the box here because KU's roster and future options actually allow Self and KU to mix it up a bit over the next couple of years. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise or for the half empty group out there............your drepression pills may very well be getting a refill.

I like Blownjay's and Aloahawk's thinking here. If you could land a Selden, Parker, or Randle and "Create" a position for these folks...............wouldn't you take that opportunity? Bill Self is a highly intelligent individual and he gets paid 3 million for a reason. You can't have a robotic system that looks the same year after year. You have to adjust and you have to adapt to the personnel that is on your roster.

Obviously, KU may miss on their 2013 PG targets, but wouldn't you make an exception for one year to develop a "Point Forward" in order to get a Selden, Parker, or possibly Randle or any combination of the two until a PG arrives in 2014?

IMO, the 2013 class is so deep, you do whatever it takes to land some of these recruits, even it makes you have to go back and restructure your offense around your roster. You have to be able to change and adapt and I hope that is what Bill Self is thinking here.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago


If i "shut the hell up" can i at least reserve the right to say "I told you so" when the on the court performance inevitably drops unless recruiting efforts improve?

Benz Junque 8 years, 5 months ago

Dear Demetrius Jackson, shouldn't the goal be to play FOR a great team, not AGAINST a great team? Come to Kansas, where you will actually have a chance at accomplishing something, versus Notre Dame, where you will only get a chance to play AGAINST teams that have accomplished something.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 5 months ago

Let's expand the box a little more and come up with a Shooting Point Strong Forward position!!

My Personal Number One Priority is Karvier Shephard. You can teach and coach ball handling, smart distribution, floor vision by with mixing and matching guard strengths, play style, practice, etc.

You can't coach 6'-10"/7'-0" just has to be there.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

I think that sounds great, but you realize he is still a couple of years away, right? He's not going to be an "Impact" player right away.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Just some other food for thought.............Maybe Brannen Greene is the one being groomed at the "Point Forward" position and everybody else will just fall into place.

Jeff Coffman 8 years, 5 months ago

That 5th scholie needs to go to the 7 footer that just popped on the radar. If there is a coach that can do a lot with a 7 footer it is Bill Self. The center position has been steadily built at KU over the past few years (of course Danny was here to help), but I still think the system plays well to that position.

kellerman411 8 years, 5 months ago

Pontificating: To express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 5 months ago

Randle is spending twice as much choosing a college as he's going to be there.

John Boyle 8 years, 5 months ago

Then Kentucky is the right place for him

RockChalk26 8 years, 5 months ago

Never thought about that with the OAD. But you are spot on

ParisHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Since BigManU picked up on my word "depressing" - I meant the article, not our recruiting situation overall. Ku basketball is exhilarating!

HawkKlaw 8 years, 5 months ago

Everyone keeps talking about Bill Self's recruiting struggles. Simply put - they don't exist.

I'll give you that ONE year, when the Morris twins (and less-importantly Josh Selby) waited until very, very late in the recruiting game to tell Bill Self that they wouldn't be returning, we had some recruiting troubles. But we should all remember that during the season, the feeling was that there was a decent chance they would both return for one more year. They hadn't made up their minds. They did so many good things on the court at KU that they earned that time to make up their minds. So yeah, Self struggled ONE year (and rightfully so). Other than that, I can't even begin to entertain the notion that KU has recruiting woes. As my sort-of-sometimes friend HEM would say, "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." That's what I've been saying all along, and that's exactly how Bill Self continues to win big every year.

What you perceive as "recruiting troubles" are what I perceive as a combination of "recruits choosing other schools for other reasons (guaranteed PT, location, family, etc)" and "Bill Self opting for talented, team-oriented recruits." Sure, there are higher-ranked players out there looking at places like Kentucky and UNC. And occasionally Self does land the Josh Selby's and the Xavier Henry's of the world. But KU has always recruited (and continues to recruit) some of the best "team-oriented" players in the country. That's how last year's team got so far and that's how Bill Self runs things. He does just fine recruiting-wise. There are a myriad of reasons that kids choose to play at other schools. Bill Self is one of the factors that lures recruits to KU, as opposed to driving them away. Nobody lands 100% of the recruits that they target. That's just how it goes.

So buck up, friends. Here's a bold prediction for you: KU is going to win a lot of games this year. And next year. And the year after that. So on and so forth.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 5 months ago

Unless Bill Self gets hit by a train [or a trainful of money from Oklahoma City], he is going to be our coach for a very long time.

Eight [or is it nine...I lose track] conference titles, Coach of the Year three times, with two Final Fours and an NC, and no World Wide Wes helping him, he is the best coach around.

As Hawkklaw has pointed out ..."so on and so forth." The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Kansas will be the house of Streaks...Conference Titles, NCAA appearances, 30+ win seasons, NBA First Rounders, Toughest venue in America and so on and so forth.

Steve Reigle 8 years, 5 months ago

Mishawaka is right next door to South Bend. The kid grew up with Notre Dame.

Andy Tweedy 8 years, 5 months ago

I think it's absolutely a laugh riot that this kid said Notre is now playing with the big boys! What a slap in the face to the likes of Louisville, UCONN, Villanova, Georgetown, on and on and on. Good one!!! I love this dude!

jhox 8 years, 5 months ago

Personally, I'd like Parker as our point forward for a year. I've mentioned him here before, but there is a very talented Junior point guard at Grandview High, Tyrone Taylor. He's a Tyshawn clone with a better shooting stroke than Tyshawn had at that age. He's not getting a lot of love from the recruiting services mainly because he plays the two on his Under Armour team,, but he is definitely a true point guard. He has the best court vision I've seen from an athletic point guard in the KC area in a long time. Killer first step. I didn't get out and see him this summer, but I'm told he made the all tournament team at nearly every major tournament he played in this past summer, and he was playing out of position. I'm thinking Parker as point forward for a year, then bring in young Taylor and maybe one other point guard to battle the following year.

dynamitehawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Great analysis as always. I've been on the road with work and been busy Daddying Dynamite Jr., so I've not been so active here. Lot's to be happy about. I'm as happy as ever to be a Jayhawk. Self is unreal. Can't wait for the season.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

Great point Ralster.

I fully concede my interpretation of recruiting success is gut feeling. I tried to collect some actual data but frankly i just don't care enough about winning the argument to do the work.

I would counter that I do know as much about the other blueblood programs recruiting efforts as KU. My younger plays on the Top AAU team in minnesota along with Tyus Jones(#1 pg in '14), Rashad Vaugh(#15 overall '14) and a couple other D1 bound kids. I see coaches from big schools every weekend. I'm very tapped into the rumor mill and get access to information that isn't available on Rivals and scout. can anyone on this site quote what John Callipari's recruiting pitch to Tyus Jones was? I can. Can anyone say what Roy Williams top targets are for the class of '14? I can, he told them to Vaughn. Anybody know where Tom Izzo was Saturday night? Apple Valley Minnesota!

With that said. As always I wouldn't trade Bill Self for anyone, I dont want a Callipari like NBA feeder system. All i want is the KU program of 5 years ago.

You'll probably get your wish because i am getting really tired of having to defend a stance that all evidence proves is true(that being KUs recruiting has dipped in recent years) just because most people on this site are too blinded by their bias to accept any negative information at face value.

kellerman411 8 years, 5 months ago

Dude, Ralster is a psycho, he attacks everyone on here. I've seen him blow up on at least a dozen people who he thought were ripping Self. I think Jaybate signs in as Ralster whenever his prescription runs out...

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago


actually he's reached out to me on personal basis to appologize for his less-than-nice treatment of me in the past.

look at the last sentence of his post, he went out of his way to say although he disagrees with me he still respects my opinion.

jaybate 8 years, 5 months ago


Man up, will ya?

ralster hard on board rats? You have to be flipping kidding yourself and everyone else.

ralster is one of the most civilized, rational and fair posters on this iWildWildWest. You have to be whistling this through your own seminal vesicle on this.

I've never seen ralster really undress anyone outside of some trolls.

ralster just thinks it through, brings his reasoning, and gently persists in explaining the point that another (including me sometimes) is missing.

bennybob is similar, but slightly more skeptical about certain trends and not as consistently upbeat as ralster.

But bennybob has his crits and strong crits prompt ralster's brain meat to go into reasoning mode.

This is what the board is all about.

Assertions/crits and counter commentary.

This is the essential dynamic that makes it worth coming here.

Just because one or the other of them occasionally gets his back up about the other just means they are unneutered KU basketball fans.

Let them bark and bite a little, because they are both trying to get at something, sometimes affirming to know, and sometimes disturbing, but worth the effort, and few sparks, to get to it.

And whenever either one gets to the point of asserting they are tired of asserting something that all evidence proves is true, it just means he is frustrated that what seems manifestly true to him must require further refinement.

Real discourse is a dance of running into rock walls, first others, and then your own.

The truth is out their, as Chris Carter used to say in the credits of the XFiles. :-)

Rock Chalk!!!!

Ben Simonett 8 years, 5 months ago

"And whenever either one gets to the point of asserting they are tired of asserting something that all evidence proves is true, it just means he is frustrated that what seems manifestly true to him must require further refinement. "

Ha! SO TRUE! i'm not acutally going to quit arguing, just frustrated at the moment!

HawkKlaw 8 years, 5 months ago

"I fully concede my interpretation of recruiting success is gut feeling. I tried to collect some actual data but frankly i just don't care enough about winning the argument to do the work."

The white flag of surrender!

Curtis Stutz 8 years, 5 months ago

Calipari is definitely taking the road of only signing the highest guys he's interested in first, then working down the chain to who's left if he misses out. He definitely wanted more out of this class, missed on a few but still put together a roster. I'm not big on them coming into next year, the odds of Noel being the next AD are low, Harrow should be good but we'll see, Goodwin and Poythress are impressive, WIltjer can shoot it, Cauley will be okay off the bench, backup PG is a transfer that could be okay, might not be. Definitely for those who worry about injuries it's a thin roster, but how many teams have sustained a major injury and still made the FF in the past? Depth is nice, but if you lose a star you're in trouble on any team. Calipari has to be a little careful not to sign too many Cauleys and Wiltjers that might scare somebody off in a year or two. To me it's more of a question of do you want to have guys around you can root for over 3-4 seasons, or guys come in, play a year and leave and start all over. Personally I enjoy getting to know the players over their time at KU, I like watching them mature and improve. No matter your strategy, if you're KU, UK, UNC, Duke...with your current coaches and name brand, you'll find success. I think it's clear UNC and Duke players, probably throw in UK at this point as well are going to get a little more exposure and hype from people at ESPN, little bit better coverage than KU gets. That's a slight handicap, but KU gets a lot of recognition as well. Big12 has taken a slight step back in bball with the conference realignments though WVU could change that if they improve from last season. Having 2 games/yr against teams like BU and Texas helps. In general though the smaller conference probably hurts 'cause the Big12 won't be as represented in the NCAAs as it has been in the past, especially when you consider that the ACC and SEC will be bigger than they have been. Bottom line, huge handicap to compete for top10 talent with UK 'cause they have so many minutes available each year. Bit of handicap with UNC/Duke 'cause they have huge publicity around their programs and the head-to-head games. Self is doing an excellent job bringing in top50 talent and developing them.

Robin Smith 8 years, 5 months ago

This season is going to be great! Next season will be great and we already have fantastic guys lined up. It's all golden (like Super K's jersey in my pic). It can only get goldener.

The bottom line with recruiting is this:

1) Self and his staff are great at recognizing talent so all of their targets are great (more or less)

2) Self and his staff are excellent at teaching the game and developing players

3) Hudy and her crew are going to transform everyone

4) From the pool of excellently talented prospects, we will get the guys who WANT to be at KU

it's pretty much foolproof.

forget all of the hype and rankings and remember that Thomas Robinson was a workmanlike no-name who was initially thought to be Darnell Jackson Part 2 rather than Consensus AA BEAST

damn it feels good to be a jayhawk.

Curtis Stutz 8 years, 5 months ago

Selden sounds like he'd be a great pickup. Jackson sounds like the ACC deal probably sealed it for him at ND. Can't imagine Young picking UK with most likely Goodwin returning and the twins most likely coming in. Depending on how things look for BMac and White this season I could see him becoming more interested in KU, but it's not like there isn't a lot of competition out there. Self has definitely worked hard on the recruiting trail this year, so thank you to the staff for their diligence.

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