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Friday, September 21, 2012

Former KU coach Roy Williams released from hospital

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Former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams was discharged from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday afternoon, a day after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney, University of North Carolina officials announced.

Tests to determine whether the tumor was benign or malignant are expected to be completed within a week. That could determine whether Williams, 62, will need surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney.

Doctors have said Williams should be able to coach this season, which opens Oct. 12.

Fans can send get-well wishes to 10th-year Tar Heel coach Williams at the UNC Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/tarheels).

Ryder Cup trip off: Lawrence native Randy Towner, a longtime friend of Williams, said he and Williams had been planning on attending the Ryder Cup Sept. 27 to 30 in Chicago.

“He was asked to speak to the team Thursday night (27th),” said Towner, head golf pro at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta. “Now I think I’ll ride down to Chapel Hill and watch the Ryder Cup with him (on TV).”

Once a year: Just like Williams, KU coach Bill Self tries to regularly undergo a physical exam.

“I haven’t gotten one this year, but usually every year,” Self said. “You can go through a clinic or Mayo and get one of those really detailed physicals that check everything. I think a lot of people do that, still yet the majority of us get our physical from our personal physicians that do a great job. Some things are so hard to detect. You get your blood work and all that stuff on a yearly basis ... I think that is pretty smart for people our age (49).”

Young update: KU coach Self on Wednesday visited the home of James Young, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward from Rochester (Mich.) High. Young, who is ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, is considering KU, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, Michigan State and Syracuse,

“Coach Self is unbelievably impressed with his athleticism,” Young’s godfather, Sean Malone, told JayhawkSlant.com. “Coach Self is impressed with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter as well as get to the basket. They (coaching staff) said his ability to provide scoring, both inside and out, and what James can do on the break with his athleticism, they are very excited about, not only his first year, but his upside long-term.”

Malone said the family will “sit down and try to narrow it down this week in terms of are we going to visit everybody ... or are we only going to see a few. One of the things we don’t want to do is let this process drag too far out, because out of respect and courtesy to those other programs, we want to respect the recruiting process and give them an opportunity to move on,” he added.

Jackson to visit ND: No. 27-rated Demetrius Jackson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Marian High in Mishawaka Ind., who has been a top recruit of Notre Dame for four years, today makes his official recruiting trip to the South Bend, Ind., campus. He’ll attend Saturday’s Michigan-ND football game. Jackson is said to be deciding between Notre Dame and Illinois with KU attempting to schedule a campus visit. Michigan State, Louisville and Xavier are also on his list.

Tom Noie of the South Bend Tribune writes: “Jackson, who has been to Notre Dame almost too many times to count, still plans to have a final decision before the start of his senior season with the Knights.”

Noie quotes Jackson as saying: “It could happen anytime now or when the first game of the season starts. You never know. Only God will let me know when that day comes.”

Comments

KUfanInFlorida 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree, but looks like ND is in the driver seat. He hasn't scheduled a KU visit.

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 6 years, 5 months ago

Bill Self, like most adults needs a good primary care physician locally who can take care of him for most medical problems. The fact that he is probably the best basketball coach in the USA doesn't make his medical needs different. The Mayo Clinic is a great operation but they put their pants on one leg at a time and they make mistakes. I could tell you about a number of them while I practiced in the Kansas City Area. By not ignoring signs and symptoms of possible medical problems should help insure his continuation as another long term and successful KU basketball coach.

jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

• Seldon and Young. White and Greene. On the perimeter, 6-5 to 6-7 is the new 6-3 to 6-5. With this kind of defensive length on the perimeter, Self Defense would drive most opposing trinitarians two feet deeper to shoot in triplicate. Then opposing trey percentages are consistently less than our triceratops popped two feet closer in. Then with Self's usual solid bigs throwing down their usual high percentage looks, KU wins. Its called structural advantage.

• This kind of perimeter length also makes indulging in short shorts like Tharpe and Frankamp viable for stretches.

• Self is taking what they give him; they being the ShoeCo-Summer Game Complex that appears to be valving talent away from the "right way" guys.

• Go Bill go!

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Ron Prichard 6 years, 5 months ago

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Tony Bandle 6 years, 5 months ago

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jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

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jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

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jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

raprichard, I actually like some of your stuff too. If you were able to take my place in this so SerialMartyr posted at you instead of me, then I would be down with letting you take my place. If you can work it out with SerialMartyr, go ahead. But otherwise, this is grind it out. Also, this is not a feud. Feud's have two sides aliases believe in. I am not feuding. Serial Martyr is image managing. Its just technique applied to an agenda to Serial Martyr's POV. Counter posting is the only rational response. If Serial Martyr were a crank playing a game, he would long ago have tired of it, as you have. But its not a crank. Its a serial alias. Serial aliases aren't alive and communicating in good faith. Whether bio form, or computer generated, they are posting as computer viruses. This is an application of technique by a serial alias. The counter to technique is technique. I have a macro key. I will always use it. Always. But thanks for trying. And a word to the wise. Never let yourself be annoyed by a technique by a serial alias. Not worth it. Just scroll by. You won't miss any thing at all. And you will always be able to tell the difference between my genuine posts, and my technical responses to serial aliases, because I always address them serialXXXXX. See? I already anticipated the fatigue of good persons with this. Rock Chalk!

Dan Harris 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree with rap on this one but it is a free country(at least for a little lomger) so I guess I can scroll past if I want too.

jaybate 6 years, 5 months ago

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Ron Franklin 6 years, 5 months ago

I love hearing humility and respect from recruits parents. Usually a good indicator of their kids characteristics.

Dan Harris 6 years, 5 months ago

agreed and I like the fact that they don't want to drag out the recruiting process so the other schools can move on,refreshing!

Chris Bruning 6 years, 5 months ago

Jackson is LOCKED at ND. Michigan-ND football game will be icing on the cake.

6 years, 5 months ago

Get well soon, Coach Williams.

It sure is a shame what has become of Billy Gillispie. It would have been interesting to see what might have been had he stayed at aTm. Anyone think Coach Self might have a spot on his bench for him in a year or two? Here's a good piece on him:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaab--billy-gillispie-s-long-fall-began-day-he-left-texas-for-kentucky.html

KGphoto 6 years, 5 months ago

OMG NO!! The guy is a wreck. Every player who ever played for him, going back to UTEP, hated his guts. He ruins players. I don't care how good of friends he may be with Bill, he doesn't belong here. IMHO, he needs to get to some AA meetings ASAP, and worry about surviving.

Ron Prichard 6 years, 5 months ago

Couldn't agree with you more, KG. Now that he has resigned at TT, I think he needs to step back and re-evaluate his behavior. Maybe he changes and maybe he doesn't, but we don't need that distration.

Robin Smith 6 years, 5 months ago

This is just not true. You are buying the slanderous hype and perpetuating it. Many players have come out in his support. He is the victim of a smear campaign instigated by wealthy Kentucky donors in order to justify his early termination. That character distortion has now directly lead to the current situation in which one wolf-crier got everyone's attention. In this sensationalized media era we live in Accusations are the new Convictions and Allegations are the new Evidence. He's had drinking problems which he's already gone through treatment for; served his time, done charity work. He's a good man, though tough and salty, and he's a fine fine coach. Luckily, I do think in a year or two when Dooley gets his call that Jaybate has been calling for, we'll see Billy G on that bench and rightly so.

KGphoto 6 years, 5 months ago

Could you direct me to some evidence of this smear campaign? That's a whole lot of people leaving the school at one time to be a smear campaign directed by Kentucky donors.

We are talking 30 people including 15 players during his first year. No way. And his early termination from Kentucky was handled in a court of law in 2009. That's done. Kentucky is done with him. He's just a major a$$hole, with serious health issues.

A guy with 3 DUI arrests in the last 13 years, to go with an ugly firing and an ugly forced resignation in the last 3 years, is not exactly what KU is looking for.

Alex Peekeaton 6 years, 5 months ago

Im a UK fan and worked with the uncle of one of the UK's players on Gillispie's team during his tenure at UK. Let me say that I was originally satisified with the hiring of Gillispie cuz of his record at A& M. But the stories I was told afterward regarding the lack of respect Gillespie gave to his players is an absolute disgrace. I'm not going to get into specifics but Gillispie needs to take a hard look in the mirror and ask himself if he needs a career change. From the reliable source I've heard for a couple of years, Gillispie shouldn't be teaching basketball to any age level.

Jack Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

All the baggage aside, the question of whether Gillispie would be a worthy assistant coach at KU is "Would his hiring make it more likely to get better recruits?"

DanR 6 years, 4 months ago

No. Good grief, I can't believe people could possibly consider bringing that fail magnet to KU.

justinryman 6 years, 5 months ago

Glad to hear Coach Williams is out of the hospital and home with his family and in a familiar place. The comforts of home are much more easy going on the soul than those in a private room at the local hospital.

Jack Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

RCJ is probably right. It does not sound good on Jackson .. the key, I thought, was the actual scheduling of a visit. That's not a guarantee that we're in the game, but it's a necessary step. No step made there. I'm curious as to why.

From the Southbend Tribune article, here's the quote: "Jackson has Notre Dame among his final list of schools along with Illinois and possibly Kansas. He's also considered Louisville, Michigan State and Xavier." Here's the article.

http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2012-09-19/sports/33959145_1_pat-connaughton-jerian-grant-syracuse-and-pittsburgh

Bedore says above "...with KU attempting to schedule a campus visit."

I am curious, since the part about KU attempting the schedule a campus visit did not come from the SB Tribune article (where all of the other info on Jackson clearly did), where did it come from?


On another front, we discuss here scholarships, folks transferring, etc. ... look what's going on at Louisville. Pitino has offered and received commitments on more scholarships than he has open:

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2012-09-20/louisville-lands-top-100-big-man-akoy-agau-creates-another-scholarship-logjam

KUsmoothies 6 years, 5 months ago

HEM, thank you for the additional info and links that you provide. Posters like you are the reason I visit this site daily. It's much appreciated.

utahjayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Glad to hear Coach Williams is alright.

Jack Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

konkey .. nice work there. Self is pushing for that PG.

Two questions for all to ponder: 1) Why not be in on Peters from the start? 2) Is this Self scrambling after plans A, B, and C appear done? Or at least semi-scrambling?

Here's a link I found on Roddy Peters:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20268779/fourstar-guard-roddy-peters-adjusts-school-list

Robin Smith 6 years, 5 months ago

Great finds both you.

'"I like the history, and I like the style of play," he said.'

so history does matter :D

Jack Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

Roddy Peters info from ESPN:

Strengths: Peters is a combination guard with good size and excellent skill. He is very crafty with the ball and can get to the rim on the break. He runs the floor where he can finish. Peters has a nice mid range dribble pull up and can knock down the open three off the catch or dribble. His handle and ability to pass allows him to help at the point guard position. Peters is a good area perimeter rebounder and an active on ball defender. Everytime he walks on the floor he feels he is the best player.

Weaknesses: He is a good not great athlete with matching burst of speed although he is very effective and productive. He will also need to continue to hone his point guard skills and continue to make his perimeter jumper more consistent in which he is very capable. Must eliminate empty possessions and not force the ball.

Bottom Line: Peters is a skilled and productive combination guard that is more of a shooting guard at this stage of his game. Peters scores in a variety of ways and is capable of defending both guard positions as well. He competes and plays with energy and urgency on both ends of the floor. He's tutored by former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 5 months ago

  • Recruited by Notre Dame since he was in grade school.
  • His home town of Mishawaka is South Bend's Sister City.
  • Been to the campus countless times
  • Short drive from his house to the ND Campus.
  • Big time [at least in their own minds] football program
  • Move to ACC
  • No visit to KU scheduled as of yet.

I would say the chances on this recruit fit into the "Monkeys flying out of my butt" category.

"NEXT!!"

soapisurfriend 6 years, 5 months ago

One thing I've found interesting is the fall-off of Isaiah Lewis. He was once a heralded PG with a list with the likes of KU and UK. Now he had a list of URI and USF and has really fallen off many radars. He's playing his senior season at traditional powerhouse St. Pats, so it could be interesting to see if his recruitment heats back up.

jayhawk5880 6 years, 5 months ago

Looking forward to seeing 'ol Roy back on his feet leading the TarHeels to another 20+ Win season.

Of course my appreciation for his skills ends when he plays KU.

Until then I'm sending out my Best Wishes to Coach Roy.

RockChalk26 6 years, 5 months ago

Is anyone else seeing the UNC MBA ad? "The online MBA program you probably can't get into"

Alohahawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Just another pre-preseason ranking poll: Today on Zagsblog.com they list the Sheridan Hoops preseason top 25 NCAA BB rankings. Names the players each team lost, top returnees and newcomers, with a short blurb about each team. KU is ranked 8th. I'm sorta glad they didn't rank KU higher. IMHO, the Jayhawks play better when they aren't ranked high to start with. Gives them some incentive to prove the prognosticators wrong. That they have to prove themselves worthy, and hopefully that they won't get over-confident. Baylor is listed as well, and the way their blurb reads, it makes it sound like they're better than last year.

Recruiting: Does sound like Jackson is a heavy lean for ND. I still think Self is thinking Selden is a good possibility as a combo-point/shooting guard: He's a five star, and before reclassifying to 2013, he was in the top 6 of the 2014 recruits.

21 days and counting, till Late Night in the Phog.

Jack Wilson 6 years, 5 months ago

Espn story on KU/Point Guards:

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/dave-telep/post/_/id/2284/despite-setbacks-kansas-still-in-with-top-pgs

That article referenced Stevie Clark -- here's his summary:

Strengths: Stevie is a big time scoring guard. He is small but has a strong body. He is built like a tailback. He is a very good shooter with range to 25 feet. He can be streaky with his shot but can take over games when he is hot. Stephen has solid quickness and spent a lot of his summer playing in the 17 & Under division for Athletes First. This will definitely give him an edge in experience versus most of the rest of his class.

Weaknesses: Clark needs to continue to develop the other parts of his game other than shooting or scoring. He is solid at running a team but currently thinks score first. Defensively he is ok but can struggle some with exceptional quickness. Clark has a solid upside but must continue to improve in order to remain an elite prospect. Right now he is more of a "points guard" It is always tough for smaller guards when evaluating talent, they don't fit the mold of a prototypical bigtime point guard but Clark has the talent to endure.

Bottom Line: Clark is a very nice talent. He is an impact player on the offensive end of the court. As his game develops over time and he adds other pieces he should be able to remain an elite level lead guard. His offense catches your eye but needs to continue to work to become more consistent and a more complete player. He has a solid basketball IQ so he should definitely improve in time.

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