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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jaylen Brown to visit KU, other hoops notes

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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Kansas University basketball notebook …

Jaylen Brown, a 6-7, 200-pound senior small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com reported Tuesday. Brown is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com. He’s also considering UCLA, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Ohio State.

Others to attend late Night: No. 7-ranked Stephen Zimmerman, 7-foot center, Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas; No. 9 Carlton Bragg, 6-9 power forward, Villa Angela St. Joseph High, Cleveland; and No. 25 Brandon Ingram, 6-8 small forward, Kinston (North Carolina) High.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi places Brown No. 1 on his list of five players in the Class of 2015 “whose stock is on the rise.” He’s ranked No. 8 nationally by ESPN.

“Brown played himself into star status back in June, earning his way inside the top 10. He continues to build up his résumé with outstanding and sometimes dominating performances,” Biancardi writes. “Brown will beat opponents with a low and quick first step to the basket and then crush them with power and explosion in the lane. Not only a driver, he can rattle off jumpers from beyond the arc with fluid mechanics.

“Drawing fouls and making free throws show why he is special, while rebounding is a constant part of his game. Being a top-10 ranked player means you are not allowed any nights off, as you are required to be a difference-maker. Brown is one of the elite players in the country with a chance to crack into the top 5.”

Lucas has double-double: KU sophomore forward Landen Lucas scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Athletes In Action’s 99-93 victory over Latvia University on Tuesday in Latvia. Lucas hit three of eight shots and five of six free throws. He had two blocks for Athletes in Action, 2-1 on its Baltic Tour.

Humphries lists KU: Isaac Humphries, a 6-foot-11 center from Australia who is in the recruiting Class of 2016, scored 41 points and grabbed 19 rebounds against Canada on Monday in the FIBA Under 17 World Championships in Dubai.

He will be a junior this year at La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana.

La Lumiere assistant coach Brad Johnstin told NBCSports.com that KU, Arizona, Duke, Florida, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt have all expressed interest.

Tarik in town: Former KU center Tarik Black is in town working out in preparation for NBA veterans camp in October. Black, who played summer-league ball for the Houston Rockets, said Tuesday he’s confident his agent will land him a spot in a preseason camp of a yet-to-be-determined NBA team. He said he is working on his basketball career and has no plans to try out for an NFL team as speculated in past months.

Kasongo down to IU, LSU: Former Oregon signee Ray Kasongo, a 6-9 forward from Canada who visited KU last weekend, will choose between Indiana and LSU, Zagsblog.com reports. He may visit LSU today and Indiana Monday. KU did not offer a scholarship to Kasongo, electing to save the program’s lone remaining scholarship for the Class of 2015.

Comments

Josh Galler 2 months, 2 weeks ago

So one scholarship left. Who do we all think going to bolt? The only one i can think of will be seldon with ellis and alexander as possiblilities

Ron Sterling 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I fully expect we'll lose 3 - 5 players between the draft and transfers. Selden, Alexander, and Oubre are all likely draft candidates, and Ellis certainly could join them, but I won't be surprised if he comes back. Svi could change his mind about college, but I wouldn't bet money on that happening. However loses out on minutes between Mason, Graham, Greene, and maybe Frankamp might consider taking their talents elsewhere.

Jack Wilson 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Ron - I think you're exactly right. Alexander, Selden, Oubre in that order are the risks to leave; I do think Ellis is a four year guy. And with Svi, an overseas guy, there's a bigger risk than your US guy.

But you correctly identified the transfer risks. Svi's presence will contribute to that. I am 100% sure that we won't have CF, Mason, Svi, Greene and Graham, all together, on our roster in 2015-16.

Brian Wilson 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The only one not on the roster in 2015-16 will be Mason.

Plus you guys are crazy thinking CF could transfer. In the words of Bill Self "he is a stud". Even now CF is still the highest ranked PG from his class. CF was ranked 10th at his position and 49th overall. Graham was ranked 29th and 58th. Graham is only 1 inch taller than CF and does have greater wingspan, but CF can play both the PG and 2 spot and while Graham is a pure PG and cannot, Which brings you back to Bill's statements this past couple of months that he does not think it is necessary to have a PG in the game at all times and he wants a PG to play in the final minutes of the half. Nased on what Bill has stated, I expect CF will start this year......since both he and Selden can switch back and forth and play both the 2 and the PG spot, they will make a deadly duo switching off and bringing up the ball, while Mason and Graham are PG and do not offer this advantage. Graham and or Mason will come in at the end of each half to increase ball control and reduce mistakes.

Bernard Gregory 2 months, 2 weeks ago

How ironic you can mention Bill Self comments about Conner, but do you recall any of the comments he made about Frank. Keep dreaming about your choice to get the minutes, Frank is going to prove all the doubters wrong this year. Remember that when he is wearing that KU jersey next year.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I expect Frank Mason to be the starter at PG.

Mick Allen 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Bernard and Jonathan you are both correct and Brian you are not. Mason will be the starting point guard when the season starts.

Suzi Marshall 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I read Brian's comment last night and knew you would voice an opinion. I agree Self will probably go with Mason but I'm not counting Frankamp out. Ironically, the Stanford game was the "coming out" show for both players.

Self may emphasize outside shooting more than ever, i.e. going outside-in in order to make his beloved inside-out game work better.

Mick Allen 2 months, 2 weeks ago

CF can get significant minutes at the 2 if he shoots the ball like we think he can. As noted earlier, I can see him playing the last 5 to 7 minutes if we are milking the clock with a lead. Gives us another ball handler and money at the free throw line.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 2 weeks ago

We cannot count on any recruit till KY decides who they want out of the class. They are going to lose 5-7 after this season. Anyone west of CO, AZ gets first pick. I think we will need a 2,3 and a 5 and would love to get another PG. I agreed with you Jack on the transfer risks too.

I don't know about any one else but I sure would like to have most of our commits for 2015 early, this waiting till the end of the season is risky. We have done very well the last two years but we are due for a year of getting guys signed early.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I think that Self will try to land 4 recruits. Likelyhood of early entry to NBA Draft would be #1 Selden (85%), #2 Oubre (70%), #3 Alexander (60%), #4 Ellis (20%).

Self will target a PG, a Wing, a Center, and the best available player in the spring.

Robert Brock 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I think Ellis stays: He is not NBA ready. He may never be NBA ready.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I only gave him 20% because a strong year could create a buzz around him, and if KU goes deep in March his draft stock could reach a peak this season.

Steve Grimm 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Go Landen! I have a feeling he will blossom this year to become a real contributor and a foundational player in his upper classman years! Love it!

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