Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Joe Dooley wins over Gulf Coast players

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe laughs with assistant Joe Dooley prior to tipoff against West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe laughs with assistant Joe Dooley prior to tipoff against West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.



Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe laughs with assistant Joe Dooley prior to tipoff against West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

There was fear in Fort Myers, Fla., that Florida Gulf Coast University’s basketball players would transfer en masse if somebody other than Eagles’ assistant Marty Richter were hired to replace the wildly popular Andy Enfield as head coach.

Such concerns have disappeared now that the returning players have met former Kansas University assistant coach Joe Dooley, who was introduced Monday at a news conference as replacement for new USC coach Enfield.

“My first impression was, I was mad. I wanted Marty to get the job because I wanted to keep what we had,” FGCU guard Brett Comer told the Naples Daily News.

He is a former Blue Valley Northwest player who attended KU head coach Bill Self’s basketball camp as a youth.

“After talking to Dooley and realizing I know the guy, I’m happy with him and what’s going to happen here. It’s going to be exciting, and it’s going to be an advancement to big things,” Comer added.

Not only are all the players returning, but holdover assistants Richter and Michael Fly and director of basketball operations Joey Cantens are staying, too. Dooley will hire a third assistant from outside the FGCU program.

“Familiarity breeds confidence,” Dooley told the Naples Daily News. “That’s what was great about having the guys stay on the staff. They know the conference (Atlantic Sun). They know the dynamics of the league. They know the recruiting base. They know our players, their tendencies. It makes the transition a lot easier for me.”

Florida Gulf Coast returns four starters from a team that last season became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

“It can happen; I don’t see why it can’t,” Dooley said of the program becoming a mid-major powerhouse, like, say, Gonzaga. “Why not us? The ceiling is high. If you look at (FGCU’s) progress in a short period of time, it’s been amazing. Now we have to grow the product and grow the brand and continue to improve.”

Dooley never applied for the job, the Naples News reported. He was approached by athletic director Ken Kavanagh, who called Dooley after a friend recommended the 10-year KU assistant.

“It was on my radar,” Dooley told the Fort Myers News-Press. “The way things happen with jobs ... sometimes you are not sure how it (process) will go on. We were a little bit disappointed with the way the season ended (at KU). I wasn’t focused on looking for another job, but focused on who we were recruiting at Kansas. It did pique my interest right away. That’s how it led to this.”

Former KU guard Mario Chalmers on Dooley’s hiring: “I think he’s going to be a great head coach,” Chalmers told the Naples Daily News. “He’s going to be a guy who’s going to get some players. With players who have a lot of talent, you can do anything, especially if you’re a good coach like that.

“Besides my dad (Ronnie), that’s the person I trusted most when I first got there,” Anchorage, Ala., native Chalmers added of KU. “And over the years, we developed a close relationship. To this day we have a close relationship.”

Wiggins cancels in-homes: Prize basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, on Monday canceled this week’s in-home visits with coaches from KU, North Carolina and Florida State. Instead he was to talk with coaches from the three schools on the phone.

He recently had an in-person visit with Kentucky’s John Calipari.

“It means nothing,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told “He’s just tired. He doesn’t want to deal with it. He’s just drained. He is shutting it (recruiting) down.”

Wiggins, who is ranked No. 1 in the country by, the past several weeks has played in all-star games in Chicago; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Portland, Ore.

“There is no timetable. He’s not back from Portland. He has had two flights canceled,” Fulford told on Monday morning.

Boogie this summer: Tickets for Bill’s Basketball Boogie, set for June 8 at Abe and Jake’s Landing, are on sale at The night of dinner and dancing benefits Bill and Cindy Self’s Assists Foundation.


SoCalAlum 1 year ago

Guaranteed ploy to get Andrew Wiggins to sign with KU (spoiler alert - this would be hard for many to wrap their heads around, including HCBS, but shows the cost of doing business these days): "Andrew, we're going to schedule a game with Wichita State." Andrew Wiggins vs. Nick Wiggins...who else could deliver this?


hawkmoon2020 1 year ago

I would take Freeman in a heartbeat, and am surprised his rankings seemed to have diminished over the last year. Not sure why. He should fit in nicely at our SG position, but was projected to be a PG at UCLA. Either way, if Self wants him, and he wants us, COME ON OVER!


soapisurfriend 1 year ago

Allerik Freeman just reopened his recruitment. KU was in on him heavily a year ago but fell off as the perimeter recruits began to commit. Seems like they will get back in on him although I'm not sure he fits Self's style.


KatnissHawk 1 year ago

Does anyone know to get in on the trip to the tourney this coming fall in the Bahamas? Details, tickets, etc?


702Hawk 1 year ago

Trevor Lacey is leaving the University of Alabama. Something seems odd with this but we were chasing him. I would love to see which transfers HCBS is talking too.


Calijhawk 1 year ago

Coach Self and our program needs to put its foot down. You can come to our Late Night, and our students will chant your name. You can play the recruiting game if you want...we can't control when you make your decision. But the minute you decide to include us in a hat ceremony, we pull the scholarship offer immediately. No exceptions...even if you choose us.

If you will use the Jayhawk logo as a prop to glorify yourself for 15 minutes, there is no reason to believe that you won't do so when you arrive here, and for the duration of your time here.



Jonathan Allison 1 year ago

I like how one quote from a FGCU player who happens to be from Kansas and attended camps at KU turns into "Joe Dooley wins over Gulf Coast players".

At least talk to two players so that you can legitimately use the plural, or even just ask Brett Comer if any of his teammates also like the Dooley hire.

I have no problem with the reporting though. I just think that the headline is a tad assuming.


Tony Bandle 1 year ago


1] He is a really, really good high school player who most likely will be a really, really good college player for one year.

2] He has the right to handle his recruitment any way he chooses whether it pisses you off or not.

3] He will be going to Kentucky...PERIOD!!

4] By having Kansas and Self in the mix till the end, just adds credibility to the Kansas program, but we will be fine with the #2 ranked recruiting class for 2013-14.

5] With a line-up of Cam-Jam, The Designer, Warp, Seldom, AW3, The Load, Semi, Mean Greene, Frank The Tank and Conner The Bomber, we are going to be fun to watch!!!!


Justin Lindsley 1 year ago

Looks like Conference Realignment is over for the next 10 or so years. I guess we are stuck with who we have.


Ralster Jayhawk 1 year ago

Just stop with the "Wigging out" over some limelight-seeker kid. I want the (high-ranked) recruit that ALSO wants us. Dont want/need any disruption as we rebuild the roster and the on-court chemistry. We are NOT Kentucky. Think about it: We are NOT Kentucky. Do you people get that? Self will play a OAD, but we will have several frosh playing at the same time also (how's that gonna work?), and so we are supposed to turn it into another "feed Xavier/feed Wiggins" type of focus? The least wins in the recent Self era were 09 when it was only a 2man show: Aldrich + Sherron. We are the most dangerous when we have 4 (or 5) threats on the floor at all times. I want to watch the KU Basketball team-play, not the Wiggins-borrowing-a-KU-jersey-Show. Already tired of this Wiggins shiz. And I even think if he decides to bring his best-in-130yrs-skillset to Kansas (joke), I may choose to ride his every mistake (no joke), since he IS supposed to be so great, and the 9th coming of MJ, yada, yada, effin yada.


Joe Baker 1 year ago

Joe Dooley wins over FGCU? Of course...expect a lot more from JD and FGCU. I'm amazed at the KU influence in so many programs across the nation.


William Blake 1 year ago

April 23, 2013 -

Sources close to home claim to have seen Andrew Wiggins buying various college caps at a local sports store. The sources would not reveal which school caps were purchased.

Filmed at 11...


David Black 1 year ago

I am tired of the Wiggins drama. Let's just move on...had enough of this OAD!


JakeBarnes 1 year ago

Re Wiggins. “It means nothing,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told" Excuse, Me!! Cal said the magic words. The NCAA ought to investigate Cal if they aren't already. That boy's magical, er, ah, maybe!


clevelandjayhawker 1 year ago

No mention of the ACC tv rights deal or Angel Rodriguez transfering??


Woody Cragg 1 year ago

As some of these recruiting saga's evolve, you think, "Will this kid really fit in or is this going to be a prima-donna that will need to have high maintanence for just the OAD year?" Some coaches won't even consider some of these guys & HCBS has had to deal with a Dad or two before. ie., "Daddy Ball.", Carl Sr & Jr. But Ronnie & Mario worked out OK, but not a OAD kid. IMO he's going to UK, so lets just allow the chips to fall where they may-another top 10 finish for the Jayhawks, & another NIT for ole' Cal. LOL!


andy acosta 1 year ago

Compare it to breaking up with your girlfriend after years of dating. You are 100% certain you think and know it's the right decision but in reality, you don't want to hurt your significant other. You know that stalling the process is the easy way out so, why not keep the stall on? When she asks if you want to do dinner with her parents or hang with her friends, you start coming up with excuses to back out of the situation because you know that in a matter of minutes/days/weeks, those people will no longer be part of your life. And, when you do finally step up to the plate to break little Missy's heart, the weight finally pulls from your chest.

His mind is made up and it's with UK. As much as I agree that AW would have put us in the National title talks with his signing, I still believe that our current class has potential to develop into a monster and the best group of any of Self's classes. And with an early Top 15 ranking, by the time Feb. rolls around I truly believe that we will again be a National Championship caliber team.


longhawk 1 year ago

I'm certainly OK with getting this kid--he's a real talent. Love to have him. But man has he been acting like a spoiled brat through this whole process. Calling people who guess where he's going "liars?" Cancelling in-homes at the last minute because he "doesn't want to deal with it?"

Great talent, but what is it about him that makes him so different in this process from, oh, everybody else who found a way to pick a school and move on?



KansasComet 1 year ago

I look at next year's team, and I think we will be very good. Hopefully Wiggins enjoyed kicking some of the incoming UK recruits butt at the Nike Hoop Summit with Embiid last week enough to come to Kansas. If not, the beat goes on and we will contend for the Conference and the National Title next year.


Michael Pannacciulli 1 year ago

Who is Bill looking at to replace Joe?

Would be a boon for FGCU if they can get Chalmers and the Heat to pop in on some games.

Tired of the Wiggins saga...if I am, I can only imagine how he feels. But he can and will control it once he makes his announcement. Must be soon right?


nuleafjhawk 1 year ago

Didn't I hear somewhere that " The Announcement " was supposed to take place on April 22, 2013 ?


mandomax 1 year ago

pretty classy move by Wiggins to cancel his in-home visit with one day's notice. I'm upset that we probably won't be getting a kid with his talent and ceiling, but totally ok with not getting his attitude and ego.


KULA 1 year ago

If he's smart Dooley will let them continue to play the same style of ball they're used to until he gets his own recruits in.


Joe Joseph 1 year ago

Wiggins sure is going out of his way to make it look like he "has no idea" where he is going.......


David Leathers 1 year ago

Dooley will be a great head coach at FGCU next year. With the entire team returning next season he should be able to win the conference and the conference tournament. Maybe even bring them back to the tourney as a 9 seed. Hopefully he can employ some BS style defense and show the NCAA what a 6 year D1 school looks like with the right mixture of talent and coaching.


dylans 1 year ago

Is KU doing a barn storming tour this summer?


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