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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kansas recruiting targets’ tweets positive

Kansas recruit Jahlil Okafor watches from the stands during an open-practice scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Jahlil Okafor watches from the stands during an open-practice scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Blue-chip high school senior basketball prospects Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones completed their official visits to Kansas University on Sunday morning amid growing speculation that KU and Duke might be co-leaders for Rivals.com’s No. 1- and 5-rated players who wish to attend the same school.

The two took to Twitter to report that their KU visits were a success.

“At the airport heading back to Chicago. Had a great time in Lawrence, appreciate all the love from everyone on campus,” tweeted Okafor, a 6-foot-10 pivot from Chicago Whitney Young.

“Had a good visit at KU this weekend. Thanks to the fans for showing love. Rock chalk,” tweeted Jones, 6-1 point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.) High.

The two, who will visit Duke this weekend, are expected to announce their college choices in early November. They visited Baylor together on Aug. 30.

Jones still has Minnesota on his list, though Okafor is not interested in becoming a Golden Gopher. Okafor still has Kentucky on his list, while Jones has eliminated the Wildcats. In the past, Okafor has shown serious interest in Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State, with Jones not involved with that trio.

“I believe that Kansas and Duke are the major players here. Both are visiting Kansas this weekend and Duke next weekend, along with Justise Winslow, who will be on the trip to Durham only,” ESPN’s Reggie Rankin wrote last Friday. “Okafor and Jones could go to Kansas and Duke together. They also could play together at Baylor, another place they have already visited together. But that would be the biggest stretch of the three schools.

“If Okafor and Jones split, Okafor could say yes to Kentucky and Jones could shock the college basketball blue bloods and stay home and go to Minnesota. That’s probably the least likely of all the scenarios because Okafor and Jones are going to get the first right of refusal at Kansas and Duke because of the possible elite center-point guard package deal,” Rankin added.

Turner visited Ohio State: No. 6-rated Myles Turner, a 6-11 senior from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, who is said to have heavy interest in KU and Texas, made an official visit to Ohio State last weekend. He is expected to sign in the April-May signing period. He’s also considering Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona and Oklahoma State.

More Cliff notes: No. 4 Cliff Alexander, a 6-8 senior from Chicago’s Curie High, visited Memphis with his mom last weekend and will visit Illinois this weekend. He attended KU’s Late Night in the Phog.

“It was great. I had a great time in the three days we were there (Memphis),” Alexander’s mother, Latillia, told SNY.tv and zagsblog.com Sunday. “We visited family there.”

Latillia said Memphis coach Josh Pastner said, “He’ll take care of him (Cliff), and the program he runs there will be great for him.”

Alexander, who is also considering DePaul and Michigan State, will announce his choice on Nov. 16 on ESPN

“We’re undecided on (visiting) Michigan State,” Alexander’s mom said. “It will be an unofficial (if he makes trip).”

House hunting over: Former KU guard Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings has made a video taking fans on a tour of his new house in Sacramento available at http://bit.ly/1b5nJ5y.

“It’s five minutes to the arena, which is good for me, especially as a rookie. You don’t want to live too far away from the arena. You don’t know what the veterans will have you doing, having you get up early getting them donuts,” McLemore said on the video.

Looking out on his yard, he said: “I come out here and think this is not a dream. It’s real life. It’s really true.”

McLemore, who grew up in poverty in St. Louis, is making $2,895,960 this year and $3,026,280 in 2014-15. The team has an option for $3,156,600 and $4,008,882 in 2015-16 and 16-17. There’s a nonguaranteed clause for $5,375,911 in 2017-18, as reported by hoopsworld.com.

Dunk City update: Expectations are high for former KU assistant Joe Dooley’s first Florida Gulf Coast team. To see a promo video on “Dunk City” go to http://bit.ly/1a5Jwvs

Darnell cut by Pacers: Former KU forward Darnell Jackson has been released by the Indiana Pacers. It has not been announced whether he will head overseas or play in the NBA Developmental League again this season. Jackson did not appear in any of the team’s four exhibition games.

Comments

Danger Rost 10 months ago

FWIW, Tyus was spotted wearing KU shirt and socks at a fall league event after his visit. Per some guy on twitter.

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Brandon Mahon 10 months ago

Joe dooley gets out of a tuner car after doing cookies.. That is awesome good luck to him this year down at FGCU

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Nathan Scholl 10 months ago

Best of luck to Joe Dooley at FGCU, that was sweet to see Mr. Slickness get out of that tuner car! Ha!

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Joe Ross 10 months ago

Kansas could really use a dominating presence inside, a big man who takes up space with his back to the basket and when he gets it in the post becomes a beast as he turns and scores on defenders with regularity. Power and good footwork. Okafor is that man. If Embiid and Ellis both stay and we land Jahlil, Kansas would be head and shoulders above everyone else in the frontcourt next year. And Cliff Alexander too? Wow! Simply unstoppable. But we need Tyus as well to fill holes in the backcourt and make the offense run. You're talking the odds-on favorite to win the National Championship. Great for Kansas fans. Great for Coach Self. Great for these kids. And great for the game. The challenge for Kansas is an interesting one. I think you need 2 or 3 impact OADs and a stable of reliable veterans who can work the offense until the big guns come along. It seems more and more that Coach Self's recruiting successes are on the rise, but these phenoms are going to have to be coached up quickly. There's gotta be a formula for doing that, and I hate to say it but maybe it's in a safe in Calipari's office. Either way, it's gonna be a fun year this year and bigger things are certainly on the horizon. Jahlil, Alexander, and Jones would be a greater recruiting coup than Wiggins and Selden.

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Robert Brock 10 months ago

It would be amazing if Coach Self could land Tyus Jones. The Hawks could really use an outstanding point guard - and there aren't many to choose from. The addition of Jones would be huge!

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Jim Erickson 10 months ago

Coach Self has always recruited well, but he seems to REALLY getting it done lately.

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Ron Franklin 10 months ago

Additional Posts by many of the "regulars" going on at KUBUCKETS.COM for those of you who are interested in Anonymous posting availability. Sure wish this board was still active, too.

Senescence.

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Joe Ross 10 months ago

Yes, yes...we've seen these posts two dozen times. But I'm not jumping into Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Star-On Machine just cause a thousand others may be doing it. I like this site just fine, thank you.

A Brotherhood of One, Joe

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Bruce Beckum 10 months ago

I'm with you, Joe. As much as people bitch about Keegan's writing, the writing on blogs is immeasurably worse. I like kusports.com and read for the articles, not the posts. The posts can be entertaining, but many of the longer ones are too self-serving for my tastes, so I'm happy without them. Although, I'm offended that you would mock Sylvester, because he's my uncle:)

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Joe Ross 10 months ago

Apologies, Bruce. Give my regards to your ol' uncle and ask him if those Sneetches are still getting along okay. Regarding the comments, I was here a long time ago when there were just a handful of posters. I was one of the Old Guard. Jaybate was here, notabandwagon, LAJayhawk, and some others, but it was not too many. It worked itself up once and it'll do it again, although I have a sneaking suspicion that basketball will drive up traffic and that's just around the corner. For those who don't like giving up anonymity, I can understand that. But for those followers who are just leaving because everyone else is, I say they never deserved the site anyway. Not only is there no other collegiate sports forum like KUsports for Kansas, but there is no forum like this one anywhere else (Carolina, Kentucky, Duke and so on). In fact, it's so good that fans of other schools join just to have somewhere to say what's on their mind. And it's FREE! People can make their own decisions, and I respect that. But one thing this is sure to do is bring in a different breed of posters. On balance, I wish kusports would be less regulatory (once they didn't even allow caps), but I'll keep the baby and throw out the bathwater.

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Brett McCabe 10 months ago

These guys seem a little insecure...always coming over here to ask people to join them.

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Ron Franklin 10 months ago

Im not begging. Im simply putting the word out. I come to both sites, but honestly there is rarely insightful discussion here anymore. Brett McCabe I have not seen one decent comment from you since Ljw made the change. Nothing thoughtful. Nothing insightful nor analytical. You just patrol around waiting to pitch your biotch. Way to "man up"

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Gary Bedore 10 months ago

Lotta possible discussion points in this notebook, but I'm really happy for McLemore becoming a rich man after growing up in poverty. I hope he handles his money well after that fiasco with his adviser/agent. I do feel badly for Darnell Jackson if he can't stick with an NBA team. It just goes to show you how difficult it is to make the league and stay there. If you can find a niche overseas like Keith Langford, sometimes it's a very wise decision to take one's game to Europe and cash in there. The NBA can be cruel.

Also happy for Joe Dooley. FGCU basketball really is popular there and he faces a bit of pressure I'd think to keep it going with limited resources.

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Steve Gantz 10 months ago

Yes lotta discussion points but no one around to discuss them. There'd be 150 comments on an article like this by now.

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Brett McCabe 10 months ago

Yep, when you ask guys to man up, few can answer the call.

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Gary Bedore 10 months ago

They are welcome to discuss. From what I understand they don't have to use facebook, just sign up on there. They are free to post if they put their real names.

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Dan Harris 10 months ago

It's kind of nice not having to scroll past the war and peace rants of jayblowhardbate !

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Ron Franklin 10 months ago

Ok Dan the Man. Tell us all a good basketball story. Tell us what kind of offensive power you expect this young hawk team to have. Will we still play a lot of high/low or do you expect a lot of man and isolation play to create space for Andrew and Wayne. What do you think about Conner or Brannen taking a red shirt. Who wins out the 4th big spot: Lucas or Traylor. Will Perry have the best year? Is the hype around wiggins too great ? Do you expect a 7 man rotation this year? IsFrank Mason underrated?

There are all of these things and many more to discuss but all you have is a comment about another poster.

Some of us are musicians, and artists, actors, politicians, and teachers, and motivational speakers. Some of us are officers of the law and city officials and architects and lawyers. Some of us have ties to the university and some of us cut bill selfs grass so we see things. Our anonymity is important to our personal lives but more importantly to some ; our professional careers. It has nothing to do with "manning up".

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Joe Ross 10 months ago

Ron, I dont like it much either. But it's their forum, their rules. If you don't like it, then do what you've done and go elsewhere instead of pouring your lamentations here ad nauseum. If it's only a few now who are willing to discuss, that's okay. You have somewhere else you prefer, that's okay too. Nothing wrong with you enjoying your new forum. But please spare us the constant crying over spilled milk, and let those of us who remain enjoy the site we have come to appreciate. No offense meant. Hopefully none taken.

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Ron Franklin 10 months ago

Agreed, and I'm not offended, nor am I crying over spilled milk. You will see me continue posting here. But at the same time, reminding people of other places to visit isn't a sin either.

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Joe Ross 10 months ago

Not to worry. I actually take it as a good sign that those who are advocating a move elsewhere are still anxious to come here to post!

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