Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Notebook: Ex-KU coach Brown confident in SMU revival

In this photo from Nov. 28, 2012, SMU head coach Larry Brown instructs his team against Utah in Salt Lake City. The well-traveled coach — who led Kansas University to the 1988 NCAA crown — has SMU off to a 9-4 start.

In this photo from Nov. 28, 2012, SMU head coach Larry Brown instructs his team against Utah in Salt Lake City. The well-traveled coach — who led Kansas University to the 1988 NCAA crown — has SMU off to a 9-4 start.


It’s only taken former Kansas University head coach Larry Brown and ex-Jayhawk assistant Tim Jankovich one year to make SMU relevant in hoops again.

Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Brown would not rule out his Mustangs for a 2014 NCAA Tournament bid — which would be the school’s first invitation to the Big Dance since 1993.

“This year we will be so much better,” said Brown, whose first SMU squad went 15-17.

SMU, which moves from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference (which includes Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati, Temple) this season, returns five starters, as well as Illinois State transfer point guard Nic Moore, junior college center Yanick Moreira and McDonald’s All-America shooting guard Keith Frazier.

“I believe without question that we’re going to be good,” said Brown, who is assisted by SMU coach-in-waiting Jankovich, former head coach at Illinois State and standout player at Kansas State.

Brown, 73, says he wants to coach at least four more years. His son, L.J., is a freshman at SMU. “I want to see my son graduate. This helps in recruiting,” he told ESPN’s Andy Katz.

SMU’s aging Moody Coliseum is in the midst of a $46 million facelift. The building will reopen in December.

All-star weekend in New York: Several KU recruits will be playing in the Under Armour Elite 24 all-star game, set for 6 p.m., Saturday (ESPNU), at the Tobacco Warehouse in New York. The slam dunk contest and skills competition will be aired at 6 p.m., Friday, on ESPNU.

Playing for Team Coney Island: No. 3-ranked (by Emmanuel Mudiay (6-5 Dallas Prime Prep Academy), No. 7 Rashad Vaughn (6-5, Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.), No. 8 ranked Stanley Johnson (6-6 Mater Dei High, Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 19 Kelly Oubre (6-5, Bush High, Richmond, Texas), plus Stephen Zimmerman (7-0, Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas), who is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2015.

Playing for Team Bed-Stuy: No. 2 Tyus Jones (6-1, Apple Valley, Minn. High), No. 6 Myles Turner (6-11, Trinity High, Euless, Texas), No. 16 Justise Winslow (6-6, Houston St. John’s High) and Malik Newman (6-3, Callaway High, Jackson, Miss.), No. 1 player in the Class of 2015.

Turner to sign late: Myles Turner, who will not sign until the spring signing period, has scheduled just one official visit so far — to KU for the Oct. 4 Late Night in the Phog. He also is considering Duke Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State.

“Every school on the list that we can schedule a visit with we will,” Turner’s dad, David, told Cats Illustrated. “We want to give everyone a fair shake.”

Robinson likes KU: No. 52-ranked Elbert Robinson, 7-foot-1, 310-pound senior from Lakeview Centennial in Garland, Texas, tells he is considering KU, SMU, Ohio State, Louisville, Georgetown, LSU and Georgia Tech. He said he will make a campus visit to KU.

“I have great interest in SMU. Larry Brown is a great coach and he has developed a lot of NBA pros. It’d be a great opportunity to play for a coach like that,” Robinson told “I’m going to take all my visits and go from there. I want to sign during the early period in November.”


Phil Leister 8 years, 2 months ago

7'1", 310???? That is large. That's Withey plus an inch and 90 pounds.

Dee Shaw 8 years, 2 months ago

Glad your math skills are up to par. That education has paid off. Congrats.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 2 months ago

that's Shaq (in his prime) minus an inch and 10 pounds

Robert Brock 8 years, 2 months ago

I've seen this kid play. He has skills and dexterity for a big 'un. 7'1"? More like 6'11". 310? Not since middle school. He is BIG. Paul Prudhomme big.

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 2 months ago

Never heard of a college recruit compared to a chef! You are referring to K-Paul, right? If so, he can dribble gumbo and dunk beignets, but play ball...not so much.

Michael Pannacciulli 8 years, 2 months ago

If you have Coach Brown saying he will stay 4 years, they renovste that stadium and they join this new will start getting recruits. Good for them. I still couldn't imagine choosing them over a school like KU, Duke, Indiana, Florida, UNC, etc also if they came knocking.

Late Night always wins at the very least one recruit over. Curious to see who that is. I remember my first Late Night in '93 as a frosh...I was jacked all day and the day after...I could only imagine what it must be like for these guys!

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

Larry Brown is probably one of the top 5 coaches of all time and proximity to home can be a big factor for some recruits and Garland is a suburb of Dallas.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 2 months ago

Interesting that the All-Star teams are representing Coney Island and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and they're playing in a Tobacco Warehouse.

I guess Under Armour couldn't afford to rent MSG and use the names Manhattan, Bronx, or Brooklyn?

Tobacco Warehouse? In NYC for a all-star bball game? Actually I had to look it up and it looks like it'll be pretty cool, the place is just a big empty roofless warehouse at the base of the brooklym bridge. Hopefully they have a contingency plan for rain...

Steve Gantz 8 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, but Wisconsin produces the best cheese, just as Kansas produces the best coaches players and fans.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 2 months ago

Anybody see that Iaonnis Papapetrou left UT to play pro-ball in Greece.

Looks like Rick Barnes is in for another long year. Could a second straight losing season get him ousted? Not unlikely. I have a feeling that he's a short-timer now at UT.

Hawk8086 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree. Could be tough for Barnes to survive past this year. Unless he has a really stellar recruiting class for next year. With the recruiting base, the overall facilities (although I don't know about basketball specifically), etc. there is no reason why they should accept losing. They could attract a a top notch coach.

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

UT's facilities are decent, but nothing special and their fan base is pretty apathetic towards basketball. There is no reason why UT shouldn't have a good basketball program most years on par with a Florida or Ohio St. If Texas struggles again this year (no reason to believe they won't at this point) and don't bring in a top 10 class and Rick Barnes doesn't get fired, that'll just confirm that UT's administration doesn't care about basketball either. That's a shame too because until 2 or 3 years ago, Kansas-Texas was becoming one of the best rivalries in the country. If their administration does care about basketball, and honestly basketball is the way to make the LHN a viable commodity, UT has the resources to build state of the art facilities and go out and get an elite coach that could lock down Houston and Dallas and have a top 10 team just about every year.

Joe Baker 8 years, 2 months ago

I think it's pretty safe to say that landing the #1 recruit in the nation definitely caused top recruits to take a long hard look at KU going forward. It seemed that some just gave lip service, but now this incoming class has really put KU in front of major recruits that would've gone to uk, mich st, unc, and maybe zona. It appears that many of them at least have KU #1 on their visit list. The current recruits seemed to indicate that Late Night really convinced them of their choice for KU. Turner and Alexander seem to have KU at the #1 spot at this point. I'm sure Calipari and Miller will tap their boosters to grab a few of these top recruits. You might throw in Coach K who is simply the Hollywood of NCAA bball.

Keep it up HCBS and Rock Chalk the recruiting trail.

Joe Baker 8 years, 2 months ago

Robinson 7'1 at 310lbs? DANG! And I really don't use exclamation marks on this board.

DANG! He's bigger than most NBA bigs. He's in freakin' HS, just DANG. He's a man-child. How many coaches want to see his birth certificate? He probably looks like a coach in uniform.

Joe Baker 8 years, 2 months ago

I had to see him before I could believe it. He's in pretty solid shape and moves really well. His shot looks pretty good for a big. He looks like a great recruit.

Andrew Horigan 8 years, 2 months ago

The kid looks really impressive, but it may be the video quality/angle, he really doesn't look 7-1. Dont get me wrong he's still a big dude, and it'd be great to land him.

Kyle Neuer 8 years, 2 months ago

Just wait until Coach Hudy gets her hands on him.

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 2 months ago

44 days till Late Night

The more I think about our incoming class, Black and the returning players the more I want it to late october. So much potential, some great battles for playing time, depth, athletic ability. We may not be great at first but man will it be fun to watch us grow. Just makes me worry about who is going to want to transfer when Self cuts down to an 8 man rotation.

Vernon Riggs 8 years, 2 months ago

with 1 senior and as many as 4 projected lottery picks leaving after this season, I wouldn't worry about transfers...

jayhawkinnc 8 years, 2 months ago


Not to be nit-picking, but Larry Brown is 72 years old. However, he turns 73 in 3 weeks. Like most of us, he'd probably like to prolong turning a year older as long as he can. :)

Steve Gantz 8 years, 2 months ago

Charlie Weiss might want that 7 foot 310 guy to become a two sport athlete like Julius Peppers.

Michael Luby 8 years, 2 months ago

R I P Wilt. Happy Bday Big man! Read this article on him from the Bleacher Report. Very cool stuff.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 2 months ago

Favorite Brown memory, besides him winning a NC my senior year at KU. Action was down in front of the KU bench. Whistle stops play and the ball rolls to Brown. He's less than excited about the call. As the ref asks for the ball Larry rolls it just past him all the way down the court. Couldn't believe the ref didn't T him up.

REHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Slow media day, Jayhawk hoops. WHERE'S ANDREW?

KGphoto 8 years, 2 months ago

I hear Tulsa has a coach who grooms NBA big men...

Tony Bandle 8 years, 2 months ago

Kansas needs to schedule a Kansas Family tournament [ SMU with Larry, Tulsa with Danny, Maryland with Mark, Florida Coastal with Joe, North Carolina with Roy, Rex with San Francisco, etc. ]

ParisHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

That KU coach also had Andrea Hudy before and after Danny, thanks to Lew what's-his-name who brought her with him from UConn. Woman has worked with more NCAA Championship BBall teams (8) than Self ever will (counting men's and women's ;) )

Kevin Huffman 8 years, 2 months ago

How 'bout this set-up...put it at the Sprint Center w/ 8 teams:

8) San Francisco (Rex Walters there) vs.

1) Kansas

5) Florida Atlantic (Joe Dooley there) vs.

4) SMU (Larry Brown there)

6) Tulsa (Danny Manning & Steve Woodberry there) vs.

3) Maryland (Mark Turgeon there)

7) Oral Roberts (where Self got his start) vs.

2) Illinois (where Self was at before coming to KU)

texashawk10 8 years, 2 months ago

When did Joe Dooley leave FGCU for FAU? Also Colorado and UAB should be in there if you're going with former Jayhawks who are current head coaches.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 2 months ago

Joe Dooley is the coach of Florida Gulf Coast University or FGCU.

It's not Florida Coastal, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida A&M, South Florida, Florida State, or Florida.

By the way Florida is a very strange looking word when you type it that many times.

hawkmoon2020 8 years, 2 months ago

I know a lot can happen between now and next Spring, but I'm of the mindset that landing a 2014 "Center" will be a challenge given our probable returnees - Lucas, Embid, and Mickleson. Not that I wouldn't take another high recruit Center, but I really want Zimmerman in 2015. Should be good timing for all.

Michael Luby 8 years, 2 months ago

Off the topic. This summer without college basketball has been so draggy and long. Ive been getting my fix from NBA 2K13 and from dvr'd games I have from last season. Its sad. Why cant it be November now!? Seriously, we have to wait for another 2 months and change to see anything. Yah, late night will be cool this year, but its not a game. Heck, I swear I'll pop an artery if the journalists dont start analyzing games until quarter way into the non conf schedule like they did last year.

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