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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Darnell Jackson signs free agent deal with Indiana Pacers

Former Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson, during 2012 training camp with the Utah Jazz

Former Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson, during 2012 training camp with the Utah Jazz

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Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson has signed a free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers, the NBA team announced on Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

It is believed the contract is not guaranteed, meaning the 27-year-old Jackson will need to make the team in preseason training camp.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder who played for KU’s 2008 NCAA title team, averaged 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game last season for Reno (Nevada) of the NBA Developmental League. He has also played 138 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings with career averages of 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds.

Jackson has also played for pro teams in Ukraine and China.

The Pacers on Tuesday also signed 6-5 guard/forward Ron Howard, who played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBADL last season.

Adams to juco: Former KU guard Anrio Adams will play basketball for Odessa College in Texas this season, Adams told the Journal-World in a Facebook message on Tuesday. He was recently dismissed from Ohio University’s program after transferring from KU following his freshman campaign.

McLaughlin to decide today: Jordan McLaughlin, 5-11 senior point guard from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, will announce his college choice at 4 p.m., today, in a news conference at his high school. USC is believed to be the favorite over KU, UCLA and Indiana. He’s ranked No. 43 nationally by Rivals.com.

“Look for McLaughlin to pick Andy Enfield and the Trojans. If that happens, it will show that Enfield’s hire of assistant Tony Bland has paid immediate dividends,” wrote ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.

“Indiana really never went hard after McLaughlin, Kansas is still waiting on Tyus Jones and UCLA appears to have prioritized Quentin Snider over McLaughlin. This would be a huge pickup for Enfield and Co., as they would have their backcourt of the future with McLaughlin and UNLV transfer Katin Reinhardt,” Goodman added.

Turner update: No. 6-rated Myles Turner, 6-11 senior from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, will conduct an in-home visit with KU coach Bill Self on Thursday, Rivals.com reports.

ESPN reports that he will hold in-home visits with coaches from Texas and Kentucky today. Duke will also be visiting Thursday. He will visit KU for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 4.

Comments

Teejay Roden 7 months, 1 week ago

Jones and Okafor are going to either Duke or UK. KU will have best shot at Alexander (b/c of the gf) Turner and Oubre. I don't see Embiid being ready a year from now but we will have to see what develops. Wiggins and Selden both OAD. Perry stays for 3rd year I think

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Royaljayhwk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Love DJack. I've lived in Indy most of my life and the Pacers are my NBA team....with that being said, unfortunately he will not make this roster. They made moves in the offseason to strengthen their bench, especially this position. I don't see him beating out Luis Scola who backs up David West. Hopefully he can develop a bit more practicing against them and turn some heads in the preseason and make an active roster.

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KGphoto 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Great picture of Darnell. Every time I read something about him hanging on in the league it makes me smile.

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Hawk8086 7 months, 2 weeks ago

With all of the comments about Okafor being a possiblity........isn't he serious about a package deal with Jones? If we don't get Jones...........we don't get Okafor?

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Cysquatch 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I freaking love Darnell Jackson. He was very under the radar at KU thanks to all the other talent Coach Self had in the paint. But to anyone that truly paid attention, his ability to get offensive rebounds was supreme. He was an above average FT shooter for a big, plus a quick and agile 4.

I'll say a prayer for DJ that he calls upon all of his natural talent, and unrivaled heart that he makes the Pacers squad with a guaranteed contract. Icing on the cake would be to watch him take Hansbrough's minutes, but gotta admit, Tyler can definitely ball.

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Evan Bilyeu 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Does Mclaughlin commit at 4 kansas time?

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johnsont1 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Odessa is actually a very good fit. They are one of the best junior colleges for bball in the nation.. and the city of Odessa is a good college town (about 100k people).

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wrwlumpy 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Voted number one regular season play. Darnell steals, spin move then scores against Yale.

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Wis Hawk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

McLaughlin is 5'11" (Rivals 43), Mason is 5'11" (Rivals 70+), Tharpe is 5'11" (Rivals 90+), and people thought Frankamp (Rivals 30+) was too short and might be a defensive liability at 6'0".

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Woody Cragg 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Self has quite oft been maligned as not getting the so called right guys for his teams, but with the results he achieves with the likes of, lets say, his 2011 squad, we should all be content that he won't soon be on Who Do You Think You Are?, and is certainly not a descendant of Old Mother Hubbard. I'm far more concerned about him heading to the L than who he lands with the LOI. JMO.

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Evan Bilyeu 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I would agree, I would rather have Mclaughlin than Jones. We could have him longer and we don't need a point guard right now so he woul be a great get.

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Joe Ross 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Anrio Adams. Ping pong ball.

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Jack Wilson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

"Kansas is still waiting on Tyus Jones." My first reaction was "Really? " The explanation on McLaughlin not picking Kansas is that we're waiting on Tyus Jones? The implication is that Self decided not to pursue McLaughlin, or even accept a commitment, because he would prefer Jones. Again, just assuming.

I then thought, "Is that the best approach?" Is it the best approach for KU to pass on the #43 guy on the off chance we get a top 10 guy who is a likely OAD? We are in the game on McLaughlin and have recruited him because Self has determined he's worth pursuing. A top 50 guy like this is perfect for Self and his program. Right?

But there is a good reason why Self may be waiting on Jones, and why he may have actually taken a pass on McLaughlin.

Self has Tharpe for 2014-15, and Mason. How much of an upgrade is McLaughlin? If we inked McLaughlin, he likely doesn't start in 2014-15, and then, is he better than Mason to be the backup? Or better than Frankamp if he emerges as a PG? Self can always pursue a top PG in the 2015 class. And he is.

The answer to question, "Why would Self pass on McLaughlin and wait on a guy (Jones) that might even be a long shot?"

Because he can.

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Joe Baker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Congrats DBlock from Midwest City, OK

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Martin Rosenblum 7 months, 2 weeks ago

"...the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBADL last season." Who picks these NBADL team names? Maybe it's a mental thing to motivate players to "develop" quickly so they can move up to the League to avoid being "Mad Ants" for long.

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Dirtyphog 7 months, 2 weeks ago

To go from playing in happy days to directing Apollo 13, Ron's been everywhere.. And now basketball, impressive.

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REHawk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's wishing all things good for D-Block. If any player deserves a break in this game, he stands right up there with the most deserving. Absorbed an unconscionable screwing from NCAA, in my humble opinion. Then the sad family travails. Bill Self's program and that '08 Championship appear to be very bright spots in his young adult life.

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Michael Pannacciulli 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I think Bill gets most of his kids wwithbthe in home visits...and seals the majority of the rest with Late Night. Often you hear how impressed the parents are with Bill and his coaches. Direct, fair, no b.s.

D-Jack...keeping the dream alive. That's always great to hear. I wonder what his post basketball plans are? He hopefully has time but I suspect these guys are thinking about what to do down the road.

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hotrodm 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Wishing you the best in making the Pacers team, DJ. You have earned it.

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Dee Shaw 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Congrats Darnell. Always enjoyed watching Darnell play. Good luck in Indy.

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Scott MacWilliams 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Way to go DJ! I hope you make the Pacers roster and hit the floor running. You are one of my all time fave Jayhawks, for so many reasons. Heart as big as a house and solid gold!

Rock those Pacers some big-time Chalk!!

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