Thursday, May 2, 2013

Signee Brannen Greene to visit officially

Brannen Greene, a 6-7 junior small forward from Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga., on Tuesday orally committed to play basketball at Kansas.

Brannen Greene, a 6-7 junior small forward from Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga., on Tuesday orally committed to play basketball at Kansas.


High-scoring Georgia small forward Brannen Greene — who orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University way back on Dec. 20, 2011, and signed his national letter of intent in November of 2012 — never got around to making an official recruiting visit to KU.

Not wanting to miss out on the experience of a lifetime, the 6-foot-7 senior from Tifton’s Tift County High will join mom, Lori, and dad, Jeffrey, on an official excursion to KU this weekend.

“We just want to revisit the campus,” Jeffrey Greene, a former basketball standout at Pittsburg State, said of KU, where the family has made three unofficial visits. “For the most part, (we want to) let mom and coach (Bill Self) and Brannen re-bond and kind of talk shop, get reacquainted. She hasn’t been out to KU, yet. It’s about time she gets to come and see what’s going on.”

Brannen scored more than 2,000 points in his prep career while averaging 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals this past season while shooting 91 percent from the free-throw line.

He recently competed in the three-point shooting contest at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta and also competed in all-star game in his home state. Last summer, Greene participated in Under Armour Elite 24 game in California.

“This kid is focused academically,” Jeffrey said of his son, who is an A student. “There’s one game we wanted, or I wanted, him to play in. Outside of the McDonald’s game (to which he wasn’t invited), we declined all other invitations. He’s had a lot of things going on.”

By coincidence, the Greenes will be in town the weekend of Self’s fantasy basketball camp for adults. Jeff Greene, who has not signed up for the camp, is Pitt State’s single-season scoring leader (716 points in 29 games in 1988 for 24.7 ppg average) and eighth on the all-time school scoring list (1,292).

“I’ll play if they ask me,” said Greene, who actually plays 1-on-1 against his son regularly.

“He dominates, but I beat him up and foul him, make sure it’s physical,” Jeffrey explained.

Brannen, by the way, will wear jersey No. 14 at KU. It’s a tribute to his dad, who wore 41 at Pitt State.

“It’s a reversal (of the number 41). It has something to do with my number,” Jeffrey said, honored that his son chose to honor him that way.

Rankings: ESPN this week announced its final rankings of the top 100 high school players in the recruiting Class of 2013.

Four of KU’s five signees were ranked, led by No. 6 Joel Embiid, 7-foot center, Rock School, Gainesville, Fla. Wayne Selden, 6-5 shooting guard, Tilton (N.H.) School, checked in at No. 14, followed by Conner Frankamp (6-foot combo guard, Wichita North) at No. 46 and Greene at No. 47. Frank Mason, 5-11 point guard, Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock Va., was unranked.

KU’s overall class, which now includes transfer Hunter Mickelson from the University of Arkansas, ranks second nationally behind Kentucky.’s final rankings have Selden No. 12, Embiid No. 25, Greene No. 29, Frankamp No. 34 and Mason No. 76.

Chol to leave Zona: Angelo Chol, a 6-9 sophomore at the University of Arizona, has decided to transfer, the Arizona Daily Star and other outlets reported Wednesday. Chol, who chose Arizona over KU and others out of high school, reportedly is interested in San Diego State as a possible destination.


Ralster Jayhawk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I guess we wait on a tweet now. Hope we can Wave the 'Weet later...


Mel Clare 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I look at it this way..............Self always has to reload anyway. He has Tharpe, Ellis, Traylor and White who played minutes last season, 3 of the 4 played good minutes. Ellis and Tharpe paticularly. So you have your PF and PG as your major returnees.........good place to start. And lets not forget about Lucas, redshirt and been in the system and practicing for the last year. Learned, got stronger added a little more weight. And as Self has stated will be a "load" for other teams this coming year. So you will have a 7 footer(Embid) 6'10 guy(Lucas) and Ellis and Traylor (6'8 and 6'7) guys. Greene is 6'7 and White is 6'6 and Selden is 6'5 as wing shooters. This team already is taller and deeper than last years team, just not as much experience. Then you add in the kid from Arkansas the following year and have another 6'10 guy and probably will not LOSE anybody to the NBA. Ellis stays 4 years IMO. We will have Tharpe, Frankamp, Mason and Selden at times as PG and SG..........there again not much experience but alot of talent and better overall shooters than last years team. Just need Selden, White and Greene to develop into slashers!


KansasComet 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Does not matter how good these kids are at what they do. Coach Self calls the shots. Do it his way or find some time on the pine.


jhawkrulz 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow...I was surprised to see people were talking 20 wins would be tough. I was thinking 25 worst case scenario and probably close to 35, the way CS has done 5 of the last 6 seasons. People really don't like our chances, but I love them. I actually think next year, will be an extremely great year. I'd be surprised if we don't win 30 next year, with or without Wiggins, but all of a sudden I'm thinking it will be with Wiggins.


Adam Gerval 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Word on the street is that Wiggins will announce in the next few days.


joeloveshawks 11 months, 3 weeks ago

This Runwild guy has made stupid comments on here before and is obviously not a fan of KU and not terribly knowledgeable about college basketball in general. The one thing that is true though is that teams fall short of the "hype" often and I don't mean just KU. Kentucky from last year is a prime example of falling short of the preseason expectations. UNC, Duke, Cuse, UCLA...the list goes on of teams that have huge preseason talk and don't deliver on what fans expect. I would not really call KU's 31-6 season not living up to the hype. We were not supposed to be nearly that good and ended up coming a bucket away from another Elite 8 and had 2 guys make 2nd Team All American. Honestly, that is probably surpassing the hype in a lot of ways. I for one was really proud of what our guys accomplished last year. I am still not sure I am over the Michigan game and perhaps that will always be the case but honestly KU lives up to the hype more than most teams. 300 wins in 10 seasons is living up to the hype in my book.


Joan Kalivoda 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Funny, jaybate, that you mension "HYPE" because that is what all the ESPN sports analysis said about KU. KU is all hype and nothing else. That's what Jay B. and Dicky V. said the other day about KU. Dick said he has heard about KU player's or recruits that all the hype and when it comes to playing in games that their hype doesn't win games for them and that they just fall flat. Now, that has shown over the last few years. Jay B. made a statement that KU falls short of expectations on many occassions, as he laughs as he said it. Jaybate, you hit the nail on the head as many other people are saying the same thing.


jaybate 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Message to UA players: everyone should bail until Stumpy is gone. Stumpy is Josh Pastner with cactus.


William Blake 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Back to BMac... (who is he?)

Do we all remember a player we call 'BMac'?

Funny how we never discuss BMac anymore. According to many in here, it was important for BMac to be picked high in the draft so we can compete for more top players (OADs).

I recall all those conversations (fights) on whether we thought BMac was ready to go pro.

And now there is dead silence.

The second we lost to Michigan, more focus should have gone to BMac. Who is his agent? What is he doing now to prepare himself for the NBA? What is he doing now to enhance his draft position?

If it is really important for BMac to draft high and be successful in the NBA so we can score top recruits we should be discussing BMac today.

Does anyone know anything about BMac? Is he still in Lawrence (for example)?

He should be learning how to dribble, drive and play defense!

Our future is in his hands (even now)!

; )


BainDread 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I would like to see Chol sign on with KU just to see Steve Fisher blow a gasket again as he did when Kevin Young eventually chose KU over SDSU. Our last acquisition of a questionable San Diego high school player via Arizona (Jeff Withey) worked out well.


Jack Wilson 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Here is the case for 22 wins.

-Ellis advances and averages 16 per game.

-Embiid is simply the #28 player, not the #6. He starts, has flashes and gets progressively better.

-Tharpe makes half of the improvement from last year to this coming season, that he made from his freshman to sophomore year. I see this as the real key to next season.

-Selden is simply as advertised and plays to his high ranking.

-AW3 is what I think he is .. a lethal three point shooter, a guy who can score in bunches and change momentum. Not flashy. Solid.

-Either Lucas or Traylor is better by 25% than Traylor was last season.

-Either Frankamp or Greene .. one of them .. lives up to the hype and is a near double-digit scorer and sixth man contributor.

-Frankamp is the solid second ball handler behind Tharpe.

Personally, I think three big keys - 1) Ellis is the man, 2) Tharpe makes more solid improvement, and 3) Either Frankamp or Greene is a prime-time player that is a big freshman contributor.

Why is that not 22 wins? All starters (Tharpe, Selden, White, Ellis, Embiid) are top 100, and all but one is top 50ish.

This is a team build for 2014 as some have said .. but with that, nothing says we can't peak in March of 2013.


joeloveshawks 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Love that this kid is 6'6. We should be a great shooting team for the next 4 years with him, White and Frankamp. I also think Tharpe will be a more consistent shooter this year.


Steve Gantz 11 months, 3 weeks ago

27 points, 9 boards, 6 assists per game sounds like an over eager stat keeper at Forsyth high to me. I'm not saying this kid isn't worth our time, he must be very good, but other than the 27 points per, the others sound fishy. Those stats mean he accounted for at least 41 points per game last season? That's amazing if true.


catfiche 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like a great kid, but #14 was Darnell Valentine's old number, which I thought was now retired. I sure think it would be great if Brannen wears it, but don't they have to unretire it or something?


Robert Brock 11 months, 3 weeks ago

By the way, it is May 2nd...where the heck is Dooley's replacement?


Tony Bandle 11 months, 3 weeks ago

With all the "hype", as Jaybate has called it, over Jo Jo's meteoric rise, Wayne's increasing noteriety, the Frankamp debate [ impact guy vs inert guy], what's up with Frank, is Andrew coming or going, Perry better be ready, is Tharpe the MAN, can Jamari hit a free throw, will AW3 actually make some 3's, etc......Brannen has kind of flown under the radar.

Something abouit this kid just strikes me in a very good "Bud Stallworth" way. He's almost invisible and BOOM, he has 20 points. I predict that for all the "hype" going everywhere else, this kid may be the hidden diamond in this draft class.

Also, JB, if the Hawks don't win 20 games this coming season, I will pick you up at a prearranged time, drive you to THE WHEEL and buy all the alchohol you can handle and then drive you home!! :)


Ryan Zimmerman 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Just something i slapped together based on ESPN rankings these last 5-6 years


Rankings by Ryan Zimmerman


joshuamc914 11 months, 3 weeks ago

This Kansas team will be able to hang its hat on the offensive side if the ball. Next year this team will play fast once again. Last years team played so slow and with Elijah running the point it made the team so bad offensively. Last tears team was so awful when it and to scoring the ball that it became a joke. Next tears team will go up and down and be able to score from so many spots on the floor. The only problem is this team next year won't be very good on the defensive end at all. The key to me is Wmbiid because he will have to protect the rim because there will be a lot of blow byes off the dribble. Last year the perimeter defense other than Releford was bad but Withey changed the game defensively he made the Kansas defense. Not having him next year will be a huge blow to the defense but I can say this next year will be up and down scoring the way it use to be prior to the previous two years. Get ya scoreboards ready this team is going to score alot of points this year!!!


Joe Baker 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Chol leaving zona? Why am I not surprised?


Joe Baker 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I love the color Greene. This kid is special. His dad has prepped him well. I loved the quote, "He dominates, but I beat him up and foul him, make sure it’s physical,” Jeffrey explained.

Brannen, by the way, will wear jersey No. 14 at KU. It’s a tribute to his dad, who wore 41 at Pitt State.


Wis Hawk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Mr. Greene meets Mr. White. Here is your competition for next year. Will you be up to the challenge? Will the freshman start over the sophomore? By January maybe? Best of luck to both of you! I'm looking forward to new season already.


Boouk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

If Joel Embiid's a one-and-done, we must replace him in the class of 2014 with Jahlil Okafor or Miles Turner, or both.


Brett McCabe 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Lucky to get 20? Has anyone watched Kansas basketball recently?

We went to the Sweet Sixteen this year with the worst point guard in America. We went to the NC game last year when a local media icon picked us 5th in the conference?

Will you ever learn?


KemDooKU 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice post Jaybate - not this last one but the one before it about Hype - Surprised how much Joel has moved up the boards but he has played in every big tournament lately which will help move you up and Brannen parents did say that he has declined quite a few lately so that may be why he has dropped in the rankings - sounds like this will be similar to when Chalmers and Rush were freshman but I think that class had a little more star power - Good time to be a KU fan in KC. - Royals in first place and its May, Chiefs actually have a Coach & GM, KU football should be improved, and KU basketball has the second best recruiting class 2nd only to the greatest recruiting class of all time, now the only thing missing is World Peace!


jaybate 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Brannen is still a verbal?

Are they coming to talk about Wiggins?


nuleafjhawk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Two things - (first one is an actual question)

What is the difference between an official and an un-official recruiting visit? I really do not know.

Secondly, Please tell me Connor Frankamp doesn't have any more all-star / exhibitions / 3 pt shooting contests before he gets to Lawrence. Every time he does well in one of these competitions, his Rivals rankings drops more. I believe in a short amount of time he's gone from about #30 to #34 to #46.


Jason Keller 11 months, 3 weeks ago

This helps us get Wiggins. Honestly, with Wiggins, we would actually be close to taking the #1 spot. UK would still have it but the disparity wouldn't be there with us getting the best C and SF available.

KU gets Andrew Wiggins. You heard it here first.


AsadZ 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I say we go after Chol. Self and Huddy will get him straightened out. I feel he can contribute to the team.


GabrielMichael 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I love Brannens family! His Dad fouls him... This kid will be successful no matter what he does.

Have you heard him speak? All I can say is Scottie Pippen...

Welcome to Lawrence Greene family!


Ken Sedgwick 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Jaybate is ooozing geezernes. How do I know? I feel it in my bones. You can attack him all you want, but good luck arguing his point. These incoming fresh are walking into a buzz saw called beat KU at all cost. I see 20 plus wins. I also see quick development by tourny time. And welcome Brannen and company. You should have been here yesterday and today you could have experienced all four seasons in two days.


Jim Erickson 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I want Wiggens... Were a top 5 team with him. Were might be a year away without him. No matter what, this looks like it is shaping up to be the next "era" in Jayhawk basketball.


jaybate 11 months, 3 weeks ago

"Kiss My Ass, Hype"

I distrust hype. Hype poisons expectation. Hype kills reality and truth. Hype makes liars of us all.

Cole was a lottery pick that left a year early. He got the full hype. He didn't play much. Now they go from he can't miss to he can't play. He is developing. Development is real. Development takes time.

Julian Wright. Hype. Xavier. Hype. Josh. Hype.

They all need development time. Some get it. Some don't.

Hype doesn't just kill draft picks. It kills freshmen. Hype is an equal opportunity killer.

Kenny Gregory, Jeff Boeshee and Elijah johnson--all suffered from the hype machine.

Last season hype almost killed Perry Ellis.

The luckiest thing ever to happen to Ben Mac, outside of his genes, was being forced to sit out a year. It diluted some of the hype. The "most talented guy" Self ever worked with needed to develop.

Now KU has its most hyped recruiting class. In the interest of saving it from the hype, here are some reality checks based on viewing hype feeds of them.

Selden is a horizontal jumper. He doesn't yet have the pop to get to the top of the shooters box.

Embiid is another horizontal jumper that needs to stop jumping into shooters. He lacks vertical pop. His shot blocking is all height driven. He will be foul prone till he learns to go straight up.

Greene has to add vertical to his J and aggressiveness to everything.

Frankamp maybe sneaky quick, but he is not sneaky strong. Marcus Smart would eat his breakfast, lunch and dinner at point. At the 2, Markell Brown would muscle him into shooting trey's from Tonganoxie.

Mason? What's he gonna do, when he is faster than exactly no one?

Unless Perry Ellis can man up for 25/10 average, and Jamari learns to shoot 70% from the FT stripe, a team with these hyped newbies will be lucky to win 20 games.

Without Andrew Wiggins, there isn't a guy in the bunch with the talent of Ben Mac.

Kiss my ass, hype. You ain't shizz. Development is all.


Michael Sillman 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I really think that next year's team has the potential to be our best outside shooting team in recent memory.

Tharpe and White have pretty shots and the freshman seem to have impressive stats coming out of high school.

Lighting it up from the three point line could make up for what will probably be a bit of a drop in defensive prowess.


Ryan Lee 11 months, 3 weeks ago will love that place. Get yourself a fakey and be cool about sneak'n d's. Then hustle, hustle , hustle. Be humble and wave kisses at the fans that are the best fans in any sport. We would riot like English soccer for our boys...but it would be a love riot. Bleed the bird buddy...


KanFan27 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow! Embiid at number 6 for ESPN. That is pretty impressive. I know it does not make him any better, but its encouraging to see. I wonder what Selden shoots from the free throw line. Greene and Frankcamp are both above 90 and Tharp spent most of the season there. We will be in good hands in games that come down to the wire.


trustyourSelf 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Dang- 91% from the line sounds pretty good. That's something that theoretically translates no matter what the level of competition.


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