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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jayhawks hope to add depth as spring signings start

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University’s five-man recruiting Class of 2013 could grow in the next few weeks.

“If we could get a couple more if they are the right couple, then I think we’d be interested in doing that,” KU coach Bill Self said heading into the spring signing period, which runs today through May 15.

“We’re involved with some guys. I don’t know if it’s a situation where it will probably benefit us if we are able to sign a couple more from a depth standpoint. I’m really happy with the guys we have coming in.”

The Jayhawks, who have signed No. 12-ranked Wayne Selden, No. 25 Joel Embiid, No 29 Brannen Greene, No. 34 Conner Frankamp and No. 76 Frank Mason, are one of four finalists for No. 1-rated Andrew Wiggins.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, has not said when he’ll choose between KU, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. Rivals.com reports that he will visit with UNC’s Roy Williams next Monday, KU’s Self on Tuesday and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton on Wednesday.

“Like everybody else, each school is in love with his athleticism, quickness, ability to finish in transition, defensive ability and knack for making spectacular plays,” wrote Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.

KU has three scholarships left to give in the Class of 2013.

Dooley on FGCU list

KU assistant coach Joe Dooley is a candidate for the head coaching post at Florida Gulf Coast, ESPN.com reports. Other candidates: Ohio State assistant Chris Jent, Oklahoma assistant Steve Henson and Gulf Coast assistant Marty Richter. The Fort Myers News Press on Monday said that Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans and Florida State assistant Corey Williams were also in the running.

Jones update

Tyus Jones, a 6-1 junior point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.) High, tells USA Today he will have an in-home visit with KU’s Self either Monday or Wednesday. He has a final list of KU, Duke, Michigan State, Minnesota, Baylor, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Smart decision?

Twitter erupted on Tuesday night when Yahoo Sports reported that Marcus Smart had decided to return to OSU for a sophomore season. He’s scheduled a news conference today to announce his future plans.

“Marcus Smart did the right thing if in his heart college is where he wants to be- all critics forget it as it is his CHOICE! Give kid kudos,” tweeted Dick Vitale.

“Overwhelming initial response of NBA executives on Marcus Smart’s decision to bypass top 5 status in draft to stay in school: Shock,” tweeted Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Glad we get to see Marcus Smart for another year, but I hate to see a kid bypass guaranteed millions like this,” tweeted ESPN’s Jason King.

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jaybate 1 year ago

Part 3

~Each season is still more violent than the next. This season fooled us for awhile, because we were skinny and Self developed the Stretch High Low that minimized the brutality against our guys for much of the season, but down the stretch and especially in the Madness, the XTReme Cream of Blood and Whey rose to the top again. I can hardly wait until someone at ESPN/CBS/FOX/MILITARY CHANNELL start showing the games in a night vision filter and use a rewrite of the old song "Silence Is Golden" slightly rewritten as NCAA hoops new theme song.

Oh don't it hurt deep inside

To see someone moving screen and score

Oh don't it pain to see players cry

How especially if that player is yours

Violence is golden, when their eyes can't see

Violence is golden, golden, as their bladders release

Trash talk is cheap when guards go down like bleep

Especially with a body blow

How could he tell he concussed the guard so well

Pity he'll be the last one to know

How many times will he do a header on the lines

Should I tell him or should I be cruel

And if I tried to tell the ref he'd say I lied

Mind your business turn their brains to stools

Violence is golden, when their eyes can't see

Violence is golden, golden, as their bladders release

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jaybate 1 year ago

Part 2

~My own private Idaho would be signing a wide body big that could guard and muscle. Now that Self has developed this insane stretch high-low offense for skinnies, if he were to add some muscle, then opponents would have to prepare for both kinds of high-low and I think it would be very difficult for them to switch gears.

~My number one strategic/tactical wish for the off season is for all of the team to work diligently at mastering the moving screen. The moving screen is the new "it" of D1. All the teams in this year's Final Four were masters of the moving screen. KU used the moving screen as a somewhat passive technique out of necessity, because of our skinnies. But the Final Four teams used the moving screen a full blown assault weapon. The moving screens from February on, and especially in Madness often took on the look of pulling guards, or of post-and-drive blocking in football. It is critical for Self to figure out how to make more aggressive use of the moving screen in his high low sets--both in stretch mode and in dense mode, or the motion and Princeton offenses are just going to become increasingly hard to counter. Our moving screens need to put guys on the floor the way opposing teams running motion and Princeton offenses did repeatedly. The beauty of the moving screen is that it allows XTReme Muscle without almost any fouls ever being called. The refs clearly plan to call their 39 fouls and use most of them related to shooting and flagrant stuff. Moving screens are apparently not considered flagrant even when you put a man on the floor. So: becoming masters of the violent moving screen is now the path to the pot of gold in college basketball and should be until a series of high profile concussions result.

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jaybate 1 year ago

"Thread Distillate or Violence Is Golden, Golden..."

Part 1

~Self implies he has enough "depth" for next season that he "probably" won't sign depth and one has to suppose that is for one of two reasons. First, he doesn't want to encourage opposing coaches to go after certain players simply to deny them to Self. Second, he wants to reserve the right to sign one that would deny a key piece to some opponent next season. Only Bill knows for sure exactly which might be the case. One thing is for certain: it signals to opposing coaches that if they go after any of his players, or any that he may still want, he is willing and able to go after theirs, so be advised b-rats; this is veiled hardball.

~Self lacks one wide body big that can plug and play, and one guard that can plug and play. Alas, the plug and play impact players are gone. This means he is looking for plug and play glue; that means guys not only able, but willing to glue for his impact guys. They have to be both, or they are no good to Self. If Self could still sign one, or both, kinds of plug and play glue, he would. But of course, if cows could jump over the moon, they would, too. The problem is, such players (e.g., Tarik) can probably catch on at lesser schools and play impact, rather than glue roles, so signing such players may be almost as difficult as siging, hmmm, say, Wiggins.

~To master the obvious and add some context, Self probably most wishes to sign Wiggins, because Wiggins + incomings + returning team = another 30 win reload (rather than a rebuild). And Self knows he is in the hunt. At the same time, the realist in Self probably thinks Wiggs is not more than a 50/50 chance, probably more like a 25% chance. Mommie loves Bill. Daddy and Wiggs lean UK. And Roy, or K, or someone, will probably win in a compromise, as the analyst someone mentioned above suggested on Twitter.

~Interestingly, Self might sign a 4 star Kaleb Joseph, if KJ could guard out of the box, so that Self could afford to red shirt Conner Frankamp's Super Gun and trade 18 for 23 with Conner. Frankamp is such a fabulous shooter that the program could benefit hugely by him being physically able to defend and be in the rotation four full seasons, rather than sub minimally a freshman season and be in the rotation three. Certainly, Conner could play some this coming season, if no one else were signed, because of his gun, but physically his defense would probably not be nearly as strong as a freshman, as it would be if he were able to build strength during a red shirt season and hit the wood running for a killer four year run setting the school record for most treys.

~The probability is: nothing will happen. But Bill Self did not get to where he is by playing only probabilities. He is a coach that plays long shots, too. He does both. So we are really not able to forecast any better what Bill will do than his opposing coaches do 84% of the time.

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Ryan Zimmerman 1 year ago

For a kid like Wiggins, KU isn't what he wants... Kids with this much hype are ONLY going to college because they basically HAVE to. One year, to get it out of the way. Wiggins could go to Delaware and he'd get national exposure. He'll bring the attention and cameras wherever he lands. That's why FSU is the easiest decision for the kid. Kansas and UNC are two programs where you have to go and work hard and win the position outright. That's not what a one and done player wants. FSU is somewhere with little others to steal the spotlight and allows this kid to run the plays and run the team and stand out and keep the attention on him. I'd like to have his talent, but KU doesn't get players like this...

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year ago

I like the Frank Mason vid. 6'1 and 190lbs. That is RussRob sized. Now he is #76 ranked, which is Tyshawn range. Self may have sniffed out a good one. I like the kid's cornrows and swagger also. Makes me think of a guard-sized, attacking Jeff Graves if there was such a guy...

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Kevin Huffman 1 year ago

Heck, even looking further ahead, I'm a little nervous that we won't be able to land a highly rated big man.

ESPN Top 60

1st-rated J. Okafor - no way, likely Duke, MSU or OSU...some sources don't even have us on his list

7th-rated K.Looney (a bit undersized to be described as a PF - 6'-7, 185...basically the same build as B. Greene who we practically think of as a SG!!!) - anyway, he's from Milwaukee - I'd be surprised if he doesn't go to Marquette

8th-rated Cl. Alexander (MANY think he'll move up to top 2 or 3 when the re-evaluations come out)...would be my favorite one to get - looks like a T.Rob clone...though definitely 6'-8....not 6'-9. - - - problem being while we're on his list of schools he seems to MOSTLY be bandying about between MSU & UK....from most accounts leaning toward MSU though.

11th-rated L.Black - de-committed from Baylor. Seems to beg of with the de-commissioning, family convincing him to play closer to home at Memphis or Tennessee...could still see Baylor....not likely KU (though again, we're on his list)

....then, there really isn't anyone with KU on their list after that among the big men.

Makes me think that we're likely to end up recruiting a PG & a SG. PG to inherit from Tharpe for their Sophomore season (though would be in competiation w/ Mason too) and SG in case Selden were to be an OAD.

I'm suspecting Jo. Perkins (33rd-rated) for PG [out of Denver, CO]

& I. Whitehead from Brooklyn for SG - - - looks-wise looks JUST LIKE Ru. Robinson only 4" taller (6'4, 195). Stunning really.

42nd-rated (C), Tr. Reed, out of GA has no real list yet - maybe a chance?....REALLY skinny for ht. though = 6'-10, 190.

Realistic "dream haul" for next year's class would be Jo. Perkins & Cl. Alexander.

Unrealistic = Ty. Jones & J. Okafor (since they're saying they'd go as a pair).....just keep hearing of them as Duke seemingly being the most likely by quite a bit.

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Jim Jackson 1 year ago

Anyone have any idea as to who we are targeting for this year's class besides Wiggins? Any JUCO info etc?

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Dirk Medema 1 year ago

One of the points that I'm not seeing anyone mention is Wiggins' comment about Hudy better preparing him for the NBA from a S&C perspective.

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bennybob 1 year ago

Tyus Jones likes choach Self, when i talked to him about the last in home visit over the summer Self sold him hard on all the ball screen action KU runs in our offensive sets and how its perfect for his skill set.

That said, Tyus LOVES coach K. Jahil Okafor and Tyus will be going to the same school together, and it seems like its essentially Tyus' choice and Okafor is going to follow him whereever.

Those 2 are going to Duke, i dont see any Coach capable of convincing Tyus to go elsewhere. He's been getting phone calls from coach K since his freshman year and his parents like coach K more than anyone else as well.

The coaching staff needs to move on. the back court is already loaded for the next few seasons anyway

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notjustbread 1 year ago

My vote for Dooley's replacement is Wayne Simeon.

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Ben Kane 1 year ago

The tricky thing about the guaranteed money is that you only get a contract for two years at best. It is at this point that an NBA player really has the chance to cash in and establish himself as a long-term player.

if a player hasn't proven it by that time, they will not be rewarded with a major contract no matter how much upside that player has. Many of these high upside players do end up hurting themselves in the long run by not being ready enough for the NBA to earn that big second contract when they leave school.

If Smart believes that he would prefer to come back to school and work on his game (and whatever other reasons) to help prepare himself to do well at the next level, how can any other person question this?

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year ago

Coach Dooley leaving KU...
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/17/4187041/ku-assistant-joe-dooley-is-new.html
Best of luck Coach Dooley; the KU coaching tree grows bigger and prouder.

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year ago

First Bracketology for next season; KU is a #3 seed. Not too bad for a rebuilding year...
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

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jayhawkinATL 1 year ago

On a side note, we're one step closer to removing that damn track from Memorial Stadium...woo hoo!!!!

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/16/4185526/ku-breaks-ground-on-rock-chalk.html

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bradynsdad 1 year ago

Joe Dooley to take the Florida Gulf Coast job!! Who will Self bring in to replace him?

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year ago

Oakville, I agree with your post. Im not worried about Kentucky, and honestly it will be fun to watch them play and see how Cal manages his roster. Im also not worried about KU, although a very young team, they should progress nicely as the season unfolds. So, Im not really worried about Wiggins. He will get to play alot wherever he goes, so he can let his saga play out however he wants, not worth much mental consternation.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year ago

Bigger question about ChokieState is what is happening to LeBryant Nash? Wasnt he supposed to be a OAD? Looks like he showed up to play about 1/3rd of OSU's games as a soph. Lets see how player development goes in Year3 of the LeBryantNashProject? After all, now we know that Marcus Smart will need some help next year--he cant do it all alone. (hehe...). Especially if the OSU players are to have any hope of making Travis Ford's xxx-dreams come true of "cutting (Bill Self) down to size" (Ford quote, g-rated). Cowboy pot: meet stirrer. (laughter)

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Tony Bandle 1 year ago

From a friend in Florida, the current rumor down there is that FSU is out of the picture and the parents have KU as their second choice while Andrew favors UK. It appears, Mom is no great admirer of Coach Cal,. but really likes HCBS.

Still, the follow-up word is that North Carolina may be the "compromise" choice. Good coach, maximum PT, best buddy there, good exposure.

All this info and $5.00 will get you a cup of coffee at your local Starbucks!!

My personal opinion......Kansas is behind all of the other three, so let's play the cards we've been dealt.

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John Fitzgerald 1 year ago

Ya know, I never liked Marcus Smart, mainly because he was good and wasn't on our team, but I like him now. Never a fan of kids leaving early for the NBA. It takes away a lot of learning opportunities and life experiences. I hope Smart's decision is for real and it changes the way these kids think. Kudos my dude! And part of me hopes Ok St does big things next year! Not as big as our jayhawks though ;) RCJH!!

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year ago

None of this should be any sort of slam to Ben, as only he and his family (and maybe on some level Bill Self) know his situation the best. And we are 100% speculating on Marcus Smart also. I hope the future remains bright for BOTH McLemore and Smart. 2 different kids. Shooting guard and 3pt ability will not be lacking at KU next season.

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trustyourSelf 1 year ago

I love the move to stay by Smart. He realizes there's more to life than finances. I love the idea of passing up guaranteed millions to have the time of his life playing college ball. He is refreshing.

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KemDooKU 1 year ago

Ashley Judd offers free services to all incoming recruits - how can Wiggins pass the sh$t up. Kentucky here I cume!!!

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JayHok 1 year ago

Appears the NCAA is considering taking away the midmajor advantage by shortening the 35 second clock. Imagine had they done this years ago. No Bucknell shocker, no UNI shocker, no UTEP shocker. Even the VCU and Arizona shockers wouldn't have happened due to results over the season being altered for borderline NCAA teams who would have had a difficult time adjusting to the shot clock. The pairings would have been completely different so we would have never played a VCU or Arizona. I've always felt our midmajor type losses were preventable if each game had more possessions and moves even slightly faster. This ruling would only help Self's Jayhawks. Anybody remember how handcuffed our players looked by the shot clock against Bucknell or UNI? That's the only hope most of these midmajors have.

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Ron Franklin 1 year ago

Are we gonna get the comment total on this thread over 300, or WHAT!!

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Tony Bandle 1 year ago

FACTOIDS THAT ACTUALLY HAVE NO PROOF OF BEING FACT:

1] Is Marcus Smart or is Marcus Dumb? Watch that replay of #5 from Louisville and maybe revisit your decision.

2] Actually, if Keith L. is kind, Coach Self has FOUR scholarships in his pocket.

3] If Andrew joins the Jayhawks, it will become a case of the tail Wiggins the dog!

4] BenMac is from Wellston, Missouri...the NBA will look like a day care center compared to his neighborhood.....he'll be fine.

5] The new designated nickname for Mr. Embiid is "Cam-Jam" [as in the Cameroon Jammeroon] and I predict he will be starting by the first game next season. HCBS has gortten used to seeing opponents shots being blocked constantly the last two seasons...he will not want to stop this feeling!!

6] Kansas will be extremely good next year because they will be soooo young, they won't know any better!!

7] The practice battles between "Cam-Jam" and "The Load" should be EPIC next season!!!!

8] Wayne Selden is a Ninja Assassin Rambo Warrior who will carry this team on his back next season.

9] Finally, among all this hype about this outstanding incoming class....four words...DON'T FORGET ABOUT ELLIS!!!!!!!

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JayHok 1 year ago

I have to give it to Smart on possibly coming back. However where McLemore would have kept his draft slot at the same spot while developing key intangibles in his game, Smart's draft status will drop out of the lottery. That's how many great players are coming out next year. As great as his skills are in college at driving, in the NBA those drives will be blocked often. He really did just lose millions and millions of dollars but I applaud him. McLemore would have made more in the long run by staying because of his NBA shooter's skill set that could have been taken to the next level by hours of isolated work at KU. Thumbs up to Smart for being a kid. He'll still make a lot in his lifetime if he invests wisely.

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JakeBarnes 1 year ago

Trey Burke had a better year than either Noel or McLemore, but the NBA is weird when it comes to drafting players.

If Smart returns OSU ought to win the conference and go far in the NCAA playoffs.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year ago

It's obvious the new focus on flopping in the NBA was the reason Smart returned to school. Since flopping is 90% of his game he needs to work on other skills.

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Kevin Huffman 1 year ago

M.Smart as is right now would MOST LIKELY go 2nd or 3rd only after Noel and/or McLemore.

In next year's draft - GUARANTEE that A. Wiggins, An. Harrison & Ju. Randle go ahead of him AT LEAST. Potentially, if J. Parker were to go OAD (seemed to say he wanted to go 2AD) & say C. Walker....pretty much a LOCK that he'd go no higher than say 6th.

Throw in the injury factor and I'm really surprised.

HAVING SAID THAT, unless KU lands Wiggins, OSU SHOULD be the prohibitive favorite to win the conference next year at least.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year ago

I am all for Wiggins, but would have some worries: him coming to KU could cause White or Greene to transfer, chemistry with the O&D players and the effect on the rest of the team, and stunting the growth of some of our other freshmen.

But then there is the plus side - great player in a Jayhawk uniform if only for a year and the practice intensity could be helpful for years to come.

I guess im still skeptical.

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REHawk 1 year ago

Speaking of players getting better going against strong competition, if the Marcus Smart decision is true, Okie State becomes a major player in the Big 12 next season, a huge hurdle for the Jayhawks en route to a league title. The Wiggins recruitment looms even bigger for KU, with this Cowboys announcement.

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Brak 1 year ago

I heard from a coworker that is friends with Marcus Smart's cousin's baby mama and according to him Marcus Smart said the only reason he is coming back because he wants to do a double backflip off the rim at Allen Fieldhouse.

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wrwlumpy 1 year ago

Espn insider. the top ten impact Freshmen for next year.

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KansasComet 1 year ago

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Enes Kanter, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Derrick Rose. All are top 5 Draft picks under Coach Cal. That is what influences young kids. That is what is hard for other coaches to compete against.

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milehighhawk 1 year ago

I'm a little concerned with this board's reading comprehension this morning regarding Self's quote.

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akgjenkintown 1 year ago

KU truly needs depth to make practices more competitive. Players get better going against strong competition day in and day out during practice. Hopefully Self will get some solid players who are willing to assume a role their first couple of years as practice players and who will get a shot for important playing time in their Sophomore and more likely Junior seasons. Apparently, Rio who has great talent could not accept that role last year. You have to appreciate the efforts of Roberts, Self, Manning, Garrett, etc who are practice players, but improving the talent further on the bench will only make the 7 to 8 player rotation that much better. It would be great if KU had the depth of a UNC for example (Roy frequently would put in team B when the starters stuggled). Adding Wiggins would clearly upgrade the level of competition; however, his signing seems like a long shot. But one can only hope, because OSU currently has the upper hand to win the Big XII with Smart returning.

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Hawk8086 1 year ago

Calipari, as distasteful as it is to us, has been successful at convincing recruits that his system allows top recruits to showcase their talents and compete for a National Championship for one year and then proceed to the League. The championship last year backed that assertion up. Last year he made a point of saying he needed to be at the draft to support his multiple first round draft picks. Like it or not, he has adopted a business model that thrives in the one and done era. The downfall of such a strategy materialized this year. I doubt that will be the case next year. I would not like to be an alum of a school that turns the roster over, for the most part, every year.

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Andy Tweedy 1 year ago

Mason #76? That's a big jump. Is this a case where the rating jumped because someone who knows basketball (Self) wants him, or did Self see something the armchair ratings guys didn't when he first signed him?

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Ron Franklin 1 year ago

.. I don’t know if it’s a situation where it will [probably] benefit us if we are able to sign a couple more from a depth standpoint....

He doubts signing people for depth will probably benefit him.

He has confused the hell out of some of you with his word choice.

Take out the word probably and it will clean it up.

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Hawk8086 1 year ago

I respect Smart's decision to return to OSU. It is his life and his decision. Yes, there are things that he can improve upon, but he is taking a risk considering how high he is projected to be picked this year and how strong next year's draft is projected to be. I have to believe that OSU is now the favorite to win the Big 12 next year. But, that hasn't stopped us before...........

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joeloveshawks 1 year ago

I have been following college ball my entire life and as a KU fan I have always been biased thinking that we offer as much as any school to great recruits. Inventor of the game, AFH, tons of Final 4's, et cetera. I keep trying to think of what UK is offering these last few years. Is it all Coach Cal? I know they have a rich tradition if not the best but the last few recruiting classes have been silly. What do they give kids no one else can?

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Jonathan Allison 1 year ago

I don't know what to make of the Wiggins decision. There's definitely a big part of me that has written him off already believing that he just won't choose Kansas. The skeptic in me says that UK gets whoever they want in recruiting and he is no exception. Then the comment that he is visiting with Coaches Williams, Self, and Hamilton this week. Why? To tell them that he's going to Kentucky? Not likely, but I wouldn't exactly count it out. No, the rational mind that I have is trying to get my heart to believe that it's because the decision is between those three schools. If the decision is between those three schools then the decision is still a tough one. Play under the bright lights of the Dean dome and rub shoulders with the likes to Michael Jordan at UNC, follow his heritage and be the crown jewel and only hope of the FSU fan base, or go to Kansas and be a part of a system that has proven time and time again to grind out lots of wins, high rankings and #1 seeds.

My inner KU fan says that if he weren't really seriously considering KU then he would have dumped us from his list long ago. My inner KU fan says that if this kid wants to win then recent history clear that KU gives him a better shot than UNC and FSU. The college basketball fan in me wants me to believe that this is between KU and UNC and that KU being 3-0 against UNC in the Self era is significant. But is KU due for a down year? Is UNC priming for a good campaign? It's a tough call.

He's probably Kentucky bound.

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Jack Wilson 1 year ago

Last week, it was Self saying that he was looking for "immediate impact" in the late signing period. Now it's "depth." That probably sums up how things have gone with the folks we were interested in.

So, who will be the next Merv Lindsay or Milton Doyle?

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Jonathan Allison 1 year ago

Smart wants a Big 12 championship. Smart wants a shot a NPOY. Smart wants a shot at a national title. Smart? He will get all the preseason hype he can handle. He will have the highest expectations of any player in college next year. Will he shoot a better field goal percentage? Will he turn the all over less? If he does those two things and doesn't get hurt, then his decision was smart. If he shoots a similar field goal percentage and turns the ball over 3+ times a game he could take a pretty hard dip in the draft.

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jhox 1 year ago

There is no question Kansas would be the smartest move for Wiggins. Unlike FSU, he would have a solid young roster around him, to ease some of the defensive attention he'll be getting. UNC will have a lot of talent coming back. While he's way too good to get lost in the shuffle there, it will be more difficult to be the star when sharing the ball with a lot of upper classmen. UK...that would be crazy of him. That team is loaded with egos and there is only one ball to go around. If he wants to maximize his one year of college ball, be a first team all American and perhaps even college player of the year, the school most likely to offer him that opportunity would clearly be Kansas.

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year ago

Who else are we targeting for depth? Any transfers? We need the dirt kusports.

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Ron Franklin 1 year ago

Wigs visiting 3/4 coaches left on his list is noteworthy.

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doolindalton 1 year ago

Wiggins represents potential depth? And the sun is a backup source for light? Smart made the right decision. He isn't a complete ballplayer, not ready for the NBA, and you only get to be a college kid once in life. His parents are apparently not in the same shape financially as Ben McLemore's, so why not enjoy being a kid for awhile longer? Good for him.

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KansasComet 1 year ago

Let the kid have fun being a kid. Enjoy the college experience Marcus Smart.

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Phil Leister 1 year ago

I admire the decision my Smart, but it's a questionable move. Next year's draft class is deep, deep, deeeeep. Even if he's just as good next year as he was this year, there are already 5-8 guys who will be draft eligible that will get taken a love him.

That being said, Smart will be big man on campus and big man in the Big 12 next year.

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Michael Sillman 1 year ago

If true, the decision by Smart is pretty shocking. If there is a guard who is NBA-ready in this class, he's the one.

For once, I guess that I agree with Vitale. If he really wants to experience more college, the NBA will always be there.

Hawk90 is right. With Smart back in Stillwater, Self will really have to coach up a storm to replace the starting five and get that 10th straight league title.

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Danny Hernandez 1 year ago

Okie Lite will be a lot tougher with most of their starting five returning...

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Steve Corder 1 year ago

Nothing really new here. Perfect photo from which to create great cartoon one-liners from mother Wiggins. If Bill lands the kid he'll have to offer more than UK....like a team that will average 88 points per game.

Bookmark: 2018-19 NBA contract values of Smart and McLemore, assuming they'll both be in the league.

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Ethan Berger 1 year ago

Hope we get Wiggins, but either way a lineup of Tharpe, Selden, White,Ellis and Lucas to start the year will be good. With Greene,Traylor, and Embiid coming of the bench and eventually Embiid will start. Love the jump in rankings by Mason. Will interesting to see who gets more PT, him or Frankamp.

Also love the decision by Smart. Winning the league got a lot harder, but kids need to stay in school. To many kids leave early and are out of the league in three years. If the NBA would start running offensive sets again, then both college and pro ball would be better. Smart might have lost some money, but sometimes we have to remember it isn't all about money.

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