Sunday, September 8, 2013

KU hoops target to pick this week?


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, 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 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.”


actorman 7 years, 1 month 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.

kufanman88 7 years, 1 month 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.

Michael Bratisax 7 years, 1 month ago

<p> has him at #43. I would rather see HCBS go after a taller PG but not sure passing up a top 50 player is something you would want.

Really wish the NCAA with end the ridiculous One and Done rule. I much prefer seeing players develop over time then getting a one-time shot.

KULA 7 years, 1 month 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;


Michael Gentemann 7 years, 1 month ago

Quick list, sure I missed many but here's a start RC Buford, Alvin Gentry, Mark Friedinger! Ed Manning, Self, Calipari are all former KU Assistants but not players. Danny, Turg, Pritchard! Milt, Randal! Dreiling all former players. All the above are or were at one point coaches or front office types

ccarp 7 years, 1 month ago

Williams and Self have maturing branches on the coaching tree as well. Would be cool to have an area dedicated to acknowledge the coaching tree that has developed at Kansas.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 1 month ago

If you start with Naismith wouldn't be everyone?

jaybate 7 years, 1 month 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?

nicka 7 years, 1 month ago

mastur -

I don't think any plays requiring an aircraft carrier and/or catapult will be devised. ever.


everyone with a brain

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Nicka dicka do,

Didn't you mean every one with a brain the size of a carbon nanotube?

Or did you mean everyone with a brain the sharpness of an anvil?

No, wait, you met everyone wit a brain nicknamed Nicka Dicka Brain!

nicka, it is so good to have you back where you belong--prone!!!!!

Yeeeeee haw!!

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Which means we'll likely want a Class of '15 PG to compete w/ Mason or win the job outright in the '15/'16 season. That's the only bad news is that, that particular recruiting class seems to be weaker than Class of '14. Maybe M. Newman (would be surprised if we could get him) or there was some St. Louis kid I want to say that was top 25 or so.

Otherwise, for '14 you'd be looking at hoping for the Jones / Okafor pkg. or getting the New Mexico juco, Jeff Newberry.

wrwlumpy 7 years, 1 month 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.

Steve Gantz 7 years, 1 month ago

I think you're quoting an article, but I don't think Izzo has been in the NIT for a long time, certainly not since Self has been coaching at KU. He was in the NIT in his first two years at MSU, 95 and 96, so I certainly wouldn't say Izzo has had a dip like the others have.

texashawk10 7 years, 1 month ago

Every 4 year player since Izzo has taken over at Michigan St. has gone to a Final Four. MSU needs to get back to the Final Four to keep that streak alive, but it's still an amazing streak.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

I still think the most amazing MSU streak under Ratso is consecutive games with face punches without an ejection! It's something like 12 seasons.

Steve Gantz 7 years, 1 month ago

How long is your streak now Jaybate, you know, not cyberpunches? :)

Michael Bratisax 7 years, 1 month ago

No love for Jim Calhoun? Three national titles in 15 years seems pretty special to me.

BainDread 7 years, 1 month ago

If his visit to USC included Saturday's football game, I doubt it. We could hear the fans booing all the way down hear in SD.

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

I could see UCLA. They have some momentum in just having signed that Blueitt just a week or so ago.

Also, I think McLaughlin goes to the same high school that J. Holliday (formerly of UCLA) went to.

Hawk8086 7 years, 1 month 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.

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Um, I think back-up to Ty. Jones....Hope Bill can sell Tyus on us. I think Jahlil's already sold on us. If Cliff and another (say Oubre) were to commit right away, then I don't think we get that pkg. deal. Having said that might still be a good thing as it seems like Duke's more likely to get that deal anyway.

Paul Meyer 7 years, 1 month ago

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

jayhawkinnc 7 years, 1 month 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.

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, I'm greedy. If we don't get the PG, then I'll want two of them! :)

Michael Bratisax 7 years, 1 month ago

Turner is definitely the 'BIG' but will probably wait to see who leaves for the NBA and who remains.

Oubre & Alexander would be the best fit at KU depending again on who stays or goes.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month 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!!

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

I would've liked it too and started to get excited when he announced that he would attend Late Night.

Looks like might've been for naught.

Kind of sukks when a kid says he's interested in you yet won't bother to come visit and check it out.

clevelandjayhawker 7 years, 1 month ago

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

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

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.

ParisHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Totally agree: OADs should be locks for the lottery or stay longer, especially with a draft pool as talented as this year.

Unless of course there are financial imperatives, eligibility issues or...

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 1 month ago

Plus, supposedly 14 Class weaker than the '13 Class.....could see Selden elevated to 10 - 12 as a 2AD.

yates33333 7 years, 1 month 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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