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Sunday, September 8, 2013

KU hoops target to pick this week?

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Jordan McLaughlin, a 5-foot-11 senior basketball point guard from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, is expected to announce his college choice this week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

McLaughlin, who is ranked No. 43 nationally by Rivals.com, visited USC over the weekend.

He has said he will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 4 Late Night in the Phog and also has UCLA and Indiana on his list.

“Etiwanda guard Jordan McLaughlin is scheduled to announce his college choice this week. UCLA and USC have been recruiting him hard,” Eric Sondheimer of the Times wrote Sunday on Twitter.

McLaughlin’s AAU coach, Cameron Murray, told Zagsblog.com on Saturday that McLaughlin “is going to try to make a decision in the next couple weeks.”

Asked about KU, Murray said: “He likes Kansas because of the system that they run. He likes them because not all of their players are a one-and-done, or a two-and-done, they’re all about trying to win championships and developing players.”

Meanwhile, No. 1-rated Jahlil Okafor, who will visit KU on Oct. 18, on Sunday arrived in Lexington, Ky., for an official visit. The 6-10 senior from Chicago’s Whitney Young High, will attend UK’s alumni game tonight.

Milt to be introduced in Minnesota: Former KU forward Milt Newton will be introduced as Minnesota Timberwolves general manager at a news conference Tuesday in Minnesota. Newton, a member of KU’s 1988 NCAA title team, worked for the Washington Wizards for 10 years, most recently as vice president of player personnel. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Newton will “assist president of basketball operations Flip Sanders in evaluation and acquisition of players and help Saunders manage basketball operations.”

Of Newton, NBA Commissioner David Stern said: “Milt possesses an extraordinary skill set that is a great fit for the Timberwolves organization. His exceptional work ethic and basketball acumen played a large role in the launch and success of the NBA Development League. I am extremely pleased for Milt and the Timberwolves, who will no doubt benefit from the tremendous experience he brings to their front office.”

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yates33333 7 months, 1 week ago

Good for Milt. One of my all time favorite Jayhawks. Nice guy. Good Luck, if you need it with your ability.

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Kevin Huffman 7 months, 1 week ago

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9652326/nba-andrew-wiggins-tops-2014-mock-draft-10

Sorry, maybe most of you can't get to this but I can tell you that Chad Ford's mock has:

Andrew Wiggins No. 1 to the 76ers

Joel Embiid No. 10 to the Lakers

Wayne Selden No. 19 to the Nuggets

I gotta' say if Embiid's checking in as low as No. 10 I'm not sure that he goes OAD....same for Selden if he's being projected out of the lottery.

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clevelandjayhawker 7 months, 1 week ago

Anyone have pic of the new basketball uni's??

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William Blake 7 months, 1 week ago

Q. How do we recruit a west coast player when we don't have a beach?

A. Take him on a skateboard tour of the campus on his visit.

If my memory serves me right McLaughlin is ranked higher than Tharpe was. And we'll see how that works out this year with Tharpe.

The timing would be right for us and Mc. He wouldn't have to come right in and play so he'd have time to develop.

Looks like an X-axis guy:

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Tony Bandle 7 months, 1 week ago

In the case of Jordan, you can take the kid out of the West Coast, but you can't take the West Coast out of the kid.

His recruiting resume looks nice with a good Midwest balance of Kansas and Indiana, but with Tharpe, Mason and surely another upper tier recruit for next season, the phone booth looks pretty crowded.

My bet is he stays at home where there will be more opps for PT!!

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Konkis Dongington III 7 months, 1 week ago

No surprises on McLaughlin and no real loss either. We have Tharpe for this season and next and by that time one of Frankamp or Mason will have been groomed to take his place, plus there'll be other opportunities to sign someone in 2015 or 2016. Give me one of Oubre, Turner, or Alexander and it's a been a good year.

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jayhawkinnc 7 months, 1 week ago

Julian Wright announced he was coming to KU immediately after his in-home visit with Self and he never even came to KU for a visit. It's possible it could happen again with McLaughlin.

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Paul Meyer 7 months, 1 week ago

Note to the Editor: the correct spelling is Flip "Saunders."

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Hawk8086 7 months, 1 week ago

Agree with Kufan above. Announcing before he visits means he is not coming here. Sounds like either UCLA or USC. Also, just because he has us on his list, does not mean we were recruiting him that hard. We could be recruiting him as a back up plan depending on who else we can get.

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Robert Brock 7 months, 1 week ago

I think McLaughlin goes with USC.

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wrwlumpy 7 months, 1 week ago

As a contributor to this blog, I'm more of the Huffington Post clips and paste guy, Jason King has his take on the next and future HOF coaches.

Bill Self, Kansas: No coach in college basketball has been as good as Bill Self over the last decade. While some programs have taken a temporary dip (Calipari, Izzo and Donovan all have NIT appearances on their résumés), Kansas hasn’t missed a beat. The Jayhawks have won nine straight Big 12 titles, the longest streak of consecutive league crowns by a major-conference team since UCLA won 13 in a row from 1967-79. In fact, dating back to his days at Illinois and Tulsa, Self has won 13 conference championships in his last 15 seasons. The other two years his team finished second. In his 10 years at Kansas, Self has averaged 30 wins. He took a program that was wildly successful under Roy Williams and made it even better. Self led KU to its first NCAA title in 20 years in 2008 and guided the Jayhawks back to the title game in 2012. Self’s teams almost always rank among the best in the nation for defensive field goal percentage, a sign that his players buy in and play hard for him. He’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.

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jaybate 7 months, 1 week ago

• The '88 team winning the ring seems less and less of a "miracle", as the years go by and the players on that team continue to accrue exceptional accomplishments. Has any other KU team produced two NBA GMs and a D1 head coach? Congrats Mr. Newton. Congrats to the '88 team.

• Jordan has decided Tharpe and Frank Mason are too long of a line.

• steady, pig skinners: Weiss for five!!!

• will Self devise a play on the aircraft carrier flight deck in which Andrew uses the catapult for a fast break dunk?

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KULA 7 months, 1 week ago

Okay, so how many of Larry's boys have gone on to coaching or front office or just basketball related jobs of some sort? Seems like a lot. They should add a wing to the Hall of Fame just for Larry Brown;

KEEPER Of The GAME.

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kufanman88 7 months, 1 week ago

Jordan McLaughlin is ranked as a 5 star by ESPN and 18th overall in the country. He is also the second highest ranked PG in the class that has not yet picked a school. That seems to be a bit higher rated than this article would indicate. He would be a good pick-up, but selecting prior to an official visit doesn't bode well for the Jayhawk's chances.

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actorman 7 months, 1 week ago

Major congrats to Milt, a class guy and one of the truly underrated Jayhawks. And let's never forget that he went 6-for-6 in the "Danny and the Miracles" championship game.

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