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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Keegan

Opinion: Light fuse, get away: Ten KU athletes who will pack wallop

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Fireworks, banned in Lawrence. Human fireworks shows, more than welcome. A particularly interesting crop of explosive newcomers will light things up in Kansas University athletic contests this coming school year. A look at some of the must-see shows debuting during the 2013-14 school year:

1. Andrew Wiggins: On his first play in front of a Lawrence audience, Wiggins dunked over an NBA center (Cole Aldrich), which sent expectations soaring as high as he did on the play that burned in the minds of every KU fan with access to YouTube. Thanks to Wiggins, a basketball ticket figures to be even tougher to land than usual.

2. Marquel Combs: Explosive off the line of scrimmage. Explosive personality. The leader of a junior-college class of recruits that could be pared by behavior issues, injuries and academic concerns, none of that will erode the considerable enthusiasm the highly recruited defensive tackle brings to the program.

3. Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez: The twins from Idaho haven’t played a basketball game for Bonnie Henrickson’s team yet, but they already are super famous in cyberspace, where pictures of them are easy to find and some might even say difficult to put down. Internet speculation about their dating lives captivates huge audiences. Might Dylan be seeing former Kentucky star Anthony Davis? Inquiring minds want to know. If the twins prove as popular in person as online, the KU women could break attendance records, regardless of their won-loss record. To get a feel for their personalities, check out their Q&A on blacksportsonline.com.

5. Wayne Selden: Wiggins cast such a huge shadow, but not so big as to crowd Selden completely out of the limelight. Powerful perimeter player tickles the twine with his jumper and rattles the rim with his slams.

6. Justin McCay: Wide receiver and Oklahoma transfer is not a world-class sprinter, but he’s not slow, either. What he is is dynamic and physical and adept at making acrobatic catches. His personality lights up a room.

7. Cassie Wait: An Under-Armour High School All-American and the Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year, Wait showed off her explosiveness in setting the state meet record in the pole vault, on the basketball and volleyball courts and in the classroom, where she was a straight-A student at Gardner-Edgerton.

8. Colin Spencer: Two athletes looked like the fastest on the field during a spring practice open to the media. One was Tony Pierson, the other Spencer. He’ll back up Pierson, and when the ball is in his hands, don’t take your eyes off of him. His performance at a Nike combine blew away the competition. He ran a 4.42 40, and his vertical leap was measured at 41.7 inches. At 5-foot-10, 174 pounds, he’s not big, but in some ways that just makes him a more difficult target to bring down.

9. Brannen Greene: His super-soft jumper and long range make him a threat to become an instant-offense type of player. His shot is so pure it tends to take attention away from his ability to rise and throw one down. Freshman from Georgia will score a lot of points during his stay in Lawrence.

10. Denton Keys: Dominant high school left-handed pitcher from Denver is ranked last here only because he might never step foot on campus. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the 11th round, and he must sign by July 12 to join the Phillies’ organization. Signing bonuses have dipped, since new salary rules were implemented, so Kansas has a better shot than it would have a couple of years ago. Plus, Keys’ potential is so considerable, it’s possible he might have the confidence to believe that after three years of growth and refining his pitches, he could become a first-round draft choice and really cash in. A Denver Post story about Keys during the state playoffs said he had four no-hitters as a senior, limited hitters to a .051 batting average against, did not allow an earned run in 38 innings and had five walks and 97 strikeouts. He led his team to the Class 2A state championship.

Comments

JHWKDW 9 months, 1 week ago

Hey Tom any news on Denton Keys?Is he staying or going?

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havoc4prez 9 months, 1 week ago

What the heck is an "explosive personality?"

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Bewareofthephog Fifety-Five 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Instead of Collin Spencer I would put Darrian Miller.

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OGJayhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I find it a shame that KUSports wants to direct us away from there site blocking their articles with such meaningless advertisements. I don't play those type games on facebook or KUSports.

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iamakufan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Is Marquel Combs on campus yet?

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SacramentoJHAWK 9 months, 2 weeks ago

KUSports really sucks for this ad crap!!

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JayhawkinNM 9 months, 2 weeks ago

How about Embiid at #4 Keeg???

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Andy Tweedy 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Somebody enlighten me to this survey stuff. I'm not getting it.

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Dan Cook 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Joel Embiid should be on this list. I think Keegs is sleeping on Joel if he has Greene ahead of him. And no offense to Greene, but I expect Joel to be very explosive for us by the conference season.

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BPSkelly 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This questionnaire before every article will reduce hits. Easy. Maybe it improves $$$ per hits from someone. Im quite sure that's worth it. Ahem.

And its not two clicks. It's a click and a captcha. Since when did we have to type in a code to read an article? I cant envision any other publication doing this per article. Maybe to sign in it would. But after that its done.

There's no question this will slow traffic down on this site.

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kj_hawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Everyone posting about the surveys needs to come in from the woods take your head out of the sand and realize it's a business. If I have to make two extra clicks to read the great jayhawk content on this site rather than have a pay subscription, I'll click any day. And like others have said you don't have to give your SSN a blood sample or your first born. Just make up some stupid answer, read the article, move on with your life and stop complaining for once. By the way I love KU otherwise known as Kansas University.

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JHWKDW 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I am glad there are athletes to watch in other KU sports besides just Men's College Basketball

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60pkputown 9 months, 2 weeks ago

You should get your facts straight, Denton Keyes is not from Denver, he if from Rye, which is about 35 miles southwest of Pueblo. Also, his team did not win the state championship, they lost in the 2A finals with Keyes at bat and was called out on strikes while he was trying to call timeout with two outs in the seventh inning. Those stats you quoted we're also before the state tournament was played. I went to see him pitch because I read he was throwing in the low nineties. The day I saw him he was throwing slightly harder than the pitcher on the other team, I thought about 85. He is a big kid though, looked like 6-4 or so and he is left handed, thus the 11th round draft selection. Rye did win the 2-A state championship when he was a sophomore. Just thought you would like to know.

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rockchalker52 9 months, 2 weeks ago

And Wiggins DID dunk over Cole. That doesn't mean it was contested. It means Cole was below the rim & Andrew was above it. You Keegan bashers are full of it.

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rockchalker52 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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ParisHawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Folks if you don't want ads and surveys, try m.kusports.com or use a browser with an ad blocker.

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jhawkrulz 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Surprising that McCray made the list, but not heaps

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leonard 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"this is the first time I have read where individuals have taken offense at that description of the dunk. What is the deal?" BeachHawk

You swerved right into the answer.

The "deal" is that Keegan is full of it concerning Wiggins dunk...appealing to fans like you and your buddies who don't know any better. The video doesn't lie...unlike Keegan.

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stm62 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't trust Google. Why do they need to know if I shop at Nordstrom? Is it to find out if I am rich? PAY HEED KU nation, we live in a time where we can't trust any information gatherers.

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55jayhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Too much information being asked for by this new BS survey. If it continues, I will contact the our AD and let him know I think this is pretty "Classless". If that doesn't get it stopped, we have the Chancellor to try & end this stupid survey. If they would give us a box to say yes or no to a survey...I will vote for that as a 2nd choice.

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Jonny Swift 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I believe the surveys are just to help the KUSports.com users. It was asking if you have wi-fi and if you have a smartphone and/or tablet. KUsports has been having problems with Flash working on smartphones and tablets, so they are probably just trying to get a feel on how many people use them so that they can optimize their performance on those devices. What makes you people think they're selling something or it's about money?

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OChawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Done with KUsports... can get my news elsewhere. I'll peek in now and then to see when they give up this stoopid format of holding fans hostage for survey questions. I'll miss Tait's stuff, but I won't take 1 darn survey on here.

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LHS1980 9 months, 2 weeks ago

So now we are answering two questions? And this thing thinks I'm a pregnant woman? Just charge, it will be less of a hassle!

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kugrampy 9 months, 2 weeks ago

How do you cancel/delete your ID for this website? This new format pushing ads (money) before all else is nonsense, I for one will never visit this site again. sportsillustrated.com loads faster and has all the KU news and schedule info you will ever need.

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1timbob 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Sad part is even when we comment on the crappy page it doesn't matter because that's what they want to keep their job. It's a win, win situation. If its good journalism we comment, if it's bad we comment.

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byron 9 months, 2 weeks ago

How about our women's track program.

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iamakufan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Is Combs on campus yet?

I agree about the survey crap. What's kusports getting out of this? Money, I assume?

And what's with the frequent Internal Server Errors I get on this site now?

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Pius Waldman 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Well no 4 is needed 3 happens to be twins. OK

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rtwngr 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, yeah, Keegan! Where's number 4? You know, 1 , 2, 3, "4"...?

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Greg Lux 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I have nothing against Greene and I am looking forward to seeing him play. But Keeg again you got lost in your own mind. Was it not Frankamp who won the 3 point shot out against Greene earlier this year. Not that Conner is a better player or better anything but at this point the record shows he is the King of the 3 until beaten.

Rock Chalk

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HawksWin 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Keeg, Whatever happen to #4 on your list? Up too late writing the article? Happy 4th!

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webmocker 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Andrew Wiggins: On his first play in front of a Lawrence audience, Wiggins dunked over an NBA center (Cole Aldrich), . . . "

Seconding "leonard" on this one. Look at the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ellOTB... If Keegan thinks that is "dunking over" Aldrich, well, Keegan clearly knows nothing about dunks in basketball. Or the concept of "over."

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leonard 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Baloney...Wiggins did not dunk "over" Cole.

Yeah, yeah...I know it's a little thing...but that's the type of yellow journalism that irritates the heck out of me. And it's just another reason why I never trust the reporting of Keegan.

Cole did not contest the shot...he simply stepped aside.

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KEITHMILES05 9 months, 3 weeks ago

If either of the Gonzalez gals is seeing A. Davis that'd be shocking. My goodness there is SO SO much better at KU than him. Yuck.

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drum1984 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Apparently it is now impossible to read kusports content without being enraged by this new ad device. I think I will make a point to specifically avoid whatever product appears in this new heinous ad strategy.

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