Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Prep PG down to Irish, Illini; Bill Self visits F Aaron Gordon


Four-star point guard prospect Demetrius Jackson will be playing college basketball at either Notre Dame or the University of Illinois.

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., will orally commit to one of the two schools at 4 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU.

Jackson had tentatively planned to visit Kansas University, but never set a date.’s No. 27-rated player in the Class of 2013 lives with a foster family, whose oldest son, Michael Whitfield, is a Div. I football recruit who is considering Illinois. Jackson, who has visited Illinois, has been a top priority of Notre Dame for several years now. He has made numerous unofficial visits to the South Bend, Ind., campus to go with his official visit last weekend.

“The reason why his value is so high is because of his leadership and ability to command a team,” ESPN’s Dave Telep said of Jackson. “He may not be a household name, but he will be.”

California in-home today: KU coach Bill Self tonight will visit the home of No. 5-ranked Aaron Gordon, a 6-8 senior small forward from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif. Gordon has a list of KU, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky and Cal.

He visited Oregon last weekend and will visit Washington this weekend, with trips scheduled to KU (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 19). He still has to schedule a visit to Kentucky.

Gordon’s high school coach, Tim Kennedy, said Gordon knows the least about KU than any of his finalists.

“Just for the fact he’s never been out there,” Kennedy told “But it’s Kansas, kind of like a Kentucky thing where it’s always a top program so he’s interested and he has a connection knowing the assistant (Kurtis Townsend) for a little while.”

Gordon has said he will wait until the spring to choose a school.

Vonleh reclassifies: reports that coaches from KU, Louisville and Boston College visited New Hampton (N.H.) Prep School on Monday to watch a workout of Noah Vonleh, who has just reclassified to the Class of 2013.

Vonleh, a 6-9, 220-pound power forward, was’s No. 3-rated player in the Class of ’14. He is considering KU, B.C., Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State and others.

Late Night on ESPNU: KU’s Late Night in the Phog again will be included as part of part of ESPNU’s four hours of Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct. 12. Broadcaster Sean Farnham has been assigned to KU’s festivities. Details on Late Night will be released in coming days.

Boot Camp: The opening day of KU Basketball Boot Camp turned into a two-a-day workout for the Jayhawks on Monday.

“We just didn’t get it done (completed). The young kids were really nervous,” Self said of the 6 to 7 a.m. session in KU’s practice facility.

“It was much better,” he added of the afternoon conditioning drills.

Boot Camp runs Monday to Friday this week and all next week as well.


jaybate 1 year, 6 months ago

ESPN can kiss my symbolic revolver! They are making this up!!!


Actually, Self has given up completely on everything but swagger.

This guy is military.

He is extreme swagger!!!


Jack Wilson 1 year, 6 months ago

Not trying to ruin anyone's evening .. but this just in at ESPN:

The Kansas Jayhawks have been growing their point guard list in the last two weeks. Making an official visit this weekend to Lawrence is three-star point guard Frank Mason (Richmond, Va./Massanutten Military).

The post-graduate point guard signed with Towson last season before failing to qualify. He made an unofficial visit to Maryland and Virginia Tech while South Carolina, UTEP and Rutgers have offered. Alabama is also in the mix.

Mason was part of a Team Loaded squad that captured the Fab 48 title in Las Vegas.


mikehawk 1 year, 6 months ago

By now, it should be clear kids who are high rated put us on their list whether they are really interested in us, or not. Because we are on a high recruit's list, only means it is in the player's best interest to list the top programs in the country as a means of buiding the value of their own stock. In reality, in most cases, it means nothing. Coach/staff know which kids are really serious about us based on direct, or indirect relationships with the player, their family, and/or AAU or high school coach, or if they have some sort of childhood-based love/relationship with KU. The second tier impacting consideration is who is currently on the roster and what are my chances of playing a great deal the first year. The truth is, we are stocked for a few years with a stable of young, talented, wing players, and a great 2 coming in next year. If you were are 2 through 4 would you be interested in KU? We've already had one player read the tea leaves and bolt. Coach seems to be targeting point guards and bigs, for obvious reasons. But so is just about everyone else. We really need Nadir to surprise all of us this year. Is the missing Danny factor impacting our ability to recruit bigs in the short run? Time will tell.


jaybate 1 year, 6 months ago

"Some Teams the Big 12 Should Add to Make Recruiting Easier for Self"

University of Hawaii (Diamond Head and Waikiki are still draws and the temperature range is 80-82F) University of Hawaii-Hilo (games played over on Kona Coast though) Miss Nude USA College (this is a little known college for beautiful women preparing for a short career in beauty contesting) Key West College (mascot--The Fighting Parrot Heads) Bermuda College (superb fishing in Bermuda shorts, high tea, 70-71F) Grenada College (it was worth invading to save a medical school for dumb rich kids that can't get into state side schools, and they never locate those kinds of things in lousy spots) Cayman State University (secret banking, with a short hop to Panama for secret incorporation) St. Kitts College (some of the most intense tan lines in D1) Southwest Jamaica State (Jamaica mahn!)


Jack Wilson 1 year, 6 months ago

I would suggest that we just wait and see on the recruiting here. Self nailed down top recruits that gave us a national title in 2008. Since that time, he has really had excellent results except for the minor hiccup in 2011 where we only got one high quality guy (McLemore, Tharpe, Traylor, Anderson, Lindsay). And he followed that up by getting to a Final Four without his top recruit (McLemore). We can give him a pass on the 2011 class as it is truly a hiccup.

We are thin (but that happens from time to time). We have only one "on paper" quality post player for 2013 .. Ellis. This is a big deal. But early returns indicate that Peters may be a guy that surprises. And of Peters, Traylor, and Lucas, we only need one to surprise. Self does need to get a top 50 post player for 2013 and everything will be right in the world. That is a must. Then, if either Lucas or Traylor become a viable rotation guy, we have the 4 we need. Who knows .. Self might get two bigs for 2013.

We are also thin at the 1-2 spots .. specifically ball handling. For 2013, we have Tharpe and Frankamp. Self has already indicated McLemore is not a ballhandler. Don't count on Greene in that mix. That is a bit scary. Whomever we land will not be primary ballhandler material (unless we get a Roddy Peters surprise). But if we know one thing, Self will make it work.

How does he make that work? Who has been the biggest beneficiary of what has occurred since Aug. 1? Anrio Adams.

Adams must feel blessed. Doyle leaves. Winner by TKO. Top guards pass. Winner by decision. Now, all he needs is no more top 50 guards in this class, and Adams wins by knockout. Then he must perform. The pins are set up for Adams to be a rotation player, he just needs to knock them down.

If I were Adams, I would dribble everywhere I go. Make it his mission to be a "nails" ballhandler. If he does, missing on another guard in this class might not be that big of a deal.

Boy, though, Wayne Seldon would look awful nice in a KU uniform.


HawkKlaw 1 year, 6 months ago

Recruiting slump? There's a debate on these boards about it, but apparently the national sports media outlets haven't noticed (read: there is none).

Talent slump? Emphatically and absolutely "NO."

Rock Chalk.


Jayhawk470 1 year, 6 months ago

Let's get Aaron Gordon away from the Pathetic 12 and show him what life is like in a real conference on a real team!


wildjayhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.


bennybob 1 year, 6 months ago

"Gordon’s high school coach, Tim Kennedy, said Gordon knows the least about KU than any of his finalists."

How does a supposedly top target make it all the way to his senior year without learning everything possible about the KU program? The other bluebloods have been bombarding their top '14 targets since they were freshman, I know for a fact that coach K has been making calls with them personally over that time.

This quote tells me Gordon is not really a top target and the staff is just going through the motions hoping something crazy will happen and their minimum effort will somehow convince the kid.

Gordon is a west coast Nike guy, he's not coming to a mid west addidas school. Vonleh on the other hand plays for an Addidas sponsored AAU team and has been recruited heavily. Seems the staff caught a break to make up for missing on Chris Walker


jaybate 1 year, 6 months ago

~Wow! This is the first time I recall Self having to stop a Boot Camp session because the players couldn't finish, and reset again in the afternoon! OMGoodness!

~Maybe the frosh got overconfident after he was a pussy cat on the Euro trip? Maybe they thought that was how hard it was going to get?

~Demetrious choosing between ND and Illini? Over KU? A very uninformed, or poorly advised young man? Or both? Or what?

~On the one hand, its early and Self will probably corral more talent by the end of this recruiting season. The man's drive and take-what-they-do-and-use-it-on-them skill means he will find some more cracks in doors that now seem locked.

But there is another hand. And so I keep coming back to the hypothesis of talent diversion explaining some of this strange phenomenon of players choosing lesser coaches and lesser programs than Self and KU.

And I keep recalling talent being diverted from Norm Roberts, because he tried to recruit "the right way," at St. John's.

Whether the hypothesis were refuted or not, I note an apparent phenomenon now occuring in the 20 to 50 rank players. Not just with the OADs, as used to be the case.

Think about Self: phenomenal 84% W&L statement highest over last five years. Gets 13/10ths out of last year's team and plays the UKWildOADs in the finals last season. Ring in '08. A steady string of lower nonOADs developing into NBA draft choices. Increasingly regarded as the most over-achieving coach, and one of the three best coaches of his generation. Never a season of forfeits at any program he ever coached. Not even Calipari Forfeits; you know, the ones that happened on his watch that he did not know about. And yet the tier of players appears to keep widening that appear to keep going to lesser programs with lesser coaches.

What is wrong with this picture?

Self, the man known far and wide as one of the top recruiters before he even got to KU, now apparently experiences a Big Diversion. But by whom? The ShoeCo-Summer Game-Agency Complex? Or some axis within it? Does the FBI keep a list of the Ten Most Wanted Talent Diverters? Maybe one of the LJW pros could interview George Raveling, global representative for Nike Shoes, and ask him if he has any ideas on what is going on in the world of recruiting. I read somewhere that he indicated he thinks the problems in recruiting are reaching something of a crisis point. On his web site,, Raveling seems very willing to be quoted on a wide array of subjects. Sonny Vaccaro also seems to have a lot to say about recruiting problems, even now that he appears to be less pivotal in the shoe business. Maybe he has some insight into what, if anything, is happening to Self and KU. It can't hurt to ask.


midwest_muser 1 year, 6 months ago

Rivals ranks Jackson and Frankamp one behind the other. Another great PG would help but the talent is already good. Rio and Tharpe will develop, or at least one of them.


Phil Leister 1 year, 6 months ago

Big bummer regarding Demetrius Jackson.


stm62 1 year, 6 months ago

I want to start beating Duke and Kentucky in recruiting. It'll probably take winning some more NC's to do so. Last years predicted "down" season and second place finish could fortell better things in the near future.


702Hawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Is it just me, or does Bill have a new energy for this team? He must be seeing great potential in this team.


Commenting has been disabled for this item.