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Friday, August 29, 2014

Milwaukee prep slices Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Milwaukee Dominican High, has cut Kansas University and Kentucky from his list of prospective schools.

Stone, who is ranked No. 5 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, announced Thursday night via Twitter he has a final five of Maryland, Duke, UConn, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

“We wanted to stay consistent with our plan of meeting and getting the schools to five when Diamond returned home from Dubai (Under 17 world championships),” Stone’s dad, Bob, told ESPN.com.

A possible Stone-Malik Newman package deal may be falling apart. Newman, a 6-3 shooting guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, told Jayhawkslant.com recently he will visit KU. Newman, Rivals.com’s No. 3-rated player, also has Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, UConn and others on his list. UConn is the only school on the list of both players.

Stone will announce Nov. 12 on ESPN, while Newman will choose a school in the spring.

“Have heard that he (Newman) wants to do Late Night in the Phog at Kansas and Big Blue Madness at UK and return to both of those places officially while also taking official visits to all of his other finalists (not sure of status of unofficials to those schools),” writes Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi. “I think he wants to see schools primarily on basketball weekends and he is almost a complete lock to wait until the spring.”

Regarding Diamond Stone’s unique name, dad Bob told the Louisville Courier-Journal: “It just sounded good. His mother wanted ‘Trey,’ and I wanted ‘Diamond.’ And it just had a nice ring to it. Some people say it’s the best name in sports. …

“A lot of people say it’s an effeminate name, and I would just tell them that a diamond is the hardest rock on the planet. You cut other rocks with diamonds. They put diamonds in drills to cut other rocks,” Bob Stone added.

Simmons to visit: Kobi Simmons, a 6-5 junior point guard from St. Francis School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will attend the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, Jayhawkslant.com reported Thursday. Simmons is ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com.

Simmons has a long list of schools that includes KU, Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, Texas, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

“Simmons has always been an outstanding open floor player who can finish in transition or attack off the dribble,” writes Bossi. “His jumper has gotten more consistent and he has also improved his distributing.

“Because of his size, Simmons can slide off the ball and play as a ball-handling shooting guard,” Bossi added. “But, he feels most comfortable with the ball in his hands and feels that the schools recruiting him have a good sense for that.”

Brown in-home set: Jaylen Brown, a 6-7 senior forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, who will attend Late Night, has set up an in-home visit with KU coach Bill Self on Sept. 10, Jayhawkslant.com reports.

Cliff is high-impact: KU’s Cliff Alexander has been rated the No. 3 “high-impact newcomer” in college basketball (behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Arizona’s Stanley Johnson) according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. KU’s Devonté Graham was listed No. 11, while highly regarded Kelly Oubre did not make the top 25.

Of Alexander, Goodman wrote: “He’s a manchild. He’s got some Amare Stoudemire to his game, where he’s so physically intimidating. He’s completely different than Joel Embiid, but could be a double-double guy as a freshman in Lawrence.”

Goodman explained: “These rankings are based not necessarily on talent alone, but also on the impact that the players will have, with opportunity to help out immediately a big factor.”

The rankings are available at http://ljw.bz/1rDfUAR

Comments

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

That is one weird finalist list for Diamond. As for the name, our Diamond is an Olympic Gold Medalist and a National Champ, so we'll keep her instead.

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Robert Brock 2 weeks, 4 days ago

KU has been out of the running for Stone since June.

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Suzi Marshall 2 weeks, 4 days ago

ESPN's Goodman has lost his marbles thinking KO will not be amongst the top 25 high impact players this season.

Also, he is way out there with regards to Devonte Graham. IF Graham beats out Mason, he would be amongst the top 25 but that is a very big .... IF.

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Jack Wilson 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Goodman says that CF and Mason are "best served as back-ups."

So we'll see if he's crazy.

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Doug Cramer 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Regarding our point guard position...Frankamp needs to be the starter. PG play has killed us the last two post seasons. We need someone back there that has high basketball IQ, can take care of the rock, and create an environment that allows others to reach their maximum potential.

Those factors all point to a guy named Connor Frankamp.

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Lance Cheney 2 weeks, 4 days ago

I agree. Frankamp may not create plays, but he's a guy that's not going to hurt us with stupid shots and turnovers. And that, as they say, is worth its weight in gold.

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Mick Allen 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Here we go again. Doug and Lance HCBS currently does not agree with you. Also read Bedore's Spodcast, where he says the consensus is that Mason is the most improved player on the team from last year.A point guard has to create plays for himself and others or he is not a point guard. Taking care of the ball and running the set offense will not always "create plays".

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Keith Gellar 2 weeks, 4 days ago

agree with Mick! Conner is more of a Steve Kerr kind of guy. great spot up shooter. As good of a shooter Steve was, he never ran point and it was for a reason.

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Mick Allen 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Good comparison Keith. I can see Conner playing the 2 some with Frank or Graham penetrating, drawing help defense and kicking out to Conner for the 3 ball.

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Jack Wilson 2 weeks, 4 days ago

CF doesn't seem to me to be a high IQ basketball player. At least nothing I saw from him last season would make me think that. Looked like a methodical guy with the ball, obviously a good shooter; seemed to be pretty solid with the ball.

I prefer Mason's game -- fast, can get to the rack, was a good distributor and played much more in control as he matured at the end of last season. His three point shooting got better, as well. This off season, there was a mention that his shooting is improved as he getting the ball off his palm, onto his fingers.

That said, I like the one-two punch that Mason and CF can offer. I was very impressed with CF's play near the end, particularly when he could have been a touch rusty due to inactivity.

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Scott Bonnet 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Frankamp played relatively flawless basketball at the end of last season. He is far more athletic than people give him credit. He doesn't turn it over or take stupid shots. He has also shown himself to be a good passer. Sounds like a decent basketball IQ to me.

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Keith Gellar 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"He doesn't turn it over or take stupid shots". hard to give a definite answer. we didn't really see much of him to make an assessment. he did shine when he was out there..esp @ end of stanford game, but need more of a sample to make a decision. Scott- that's Self's job- to think with his brain and not his heart. there's a reason why he's going to go with mason.

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Jack Wilson 2 weeks, 4 days ago

That's quite a limited definition of basketball IQ. Think about guys that outthink their opponents, that make anticipatory passes, set critical screens, block out at the right angles, that are leaders on the floor by word and deed, etc.

I would agree. Low turnovers, good passing are a portion of that. With CF, though, that might only be half right.

Clearly, CF's turnover rate is terrific -- 3 turnovers, in 225 minutes = .013 per minute. Mason was 37/567 = .065 per minute.

But CF only had 15 assists in 225 minutes. Just .066 per minute. By contrast, Mason was 72/567, or .126 per minute -- nearly twice the assist rate.

I have seen nothing yet to say that CF is a good passer. He's sure passer. He doesn't throw it away. But I haven't seen any threading of the needle, lobs, no looks, or things that made me say "wow."

I like both CF and Mason a lot.

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Mick Allen 2 weeks, 4 days ago


Jack I agree with your analysis of Mason's game. His season 3 point shooting percentage was better than Frankamp's. With our size limitations this season among our primary contributors we will need to push the ball up court more, not walk the ball up court more, before our opponent can set up their half court defense, especially against the bigger, more physical teams.

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Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Well, the one thing that we can all count on is Jack's evaluation of point guards.

It's amazing to me to see people watch sports for so long and yet have no understanding of athleticism. The world is full of great athletes who can't make it happen.

No basketball IQ? That's a really friggin stupid statement.

Methodical? How about careful? How about a freshman running the show when a Junior has proven that he doesn't know how. How about someone who listens to the coach? Going to rack endlessly with no result does not a good point guard make.

Please go back to Coward's Buckets.

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Walter Bridges 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Dick Butkus beats the name Diamond Stone hands down.

Of course you could always go w/Fabian Assman whose wife, Melina Pitra, validates his last name.

http://www.mademan.com/chickipedia/melina-pitra/

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Mick Allen 2 weeks, 4 days ago

To support my earlier post, Mason's field goal percentage was .417 and from three .327. Conner shot .344 and .313 from three.

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Mark Lindrud 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Only thing I will say is Conner started to shoot the ball really well at the end of the season so I hope he continues to improve on his shooting. As far as the starting point guard I think often times it may come down to match ups and who is playing better.

I am certain Frank will get the starting nod because there has been talk of his improvement, which I am happy about. I am just hoping he distributes more this year when he drives to the basket because often times he got himself into trouble. He is now a sophomore so here is to hoping he is diversifying his game because we are really going to need strong point guard play.

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Mick Allen 2 weeks, 4 days ago

I agree Mark. Also as stated before, I can see Connor in the game in the last 5 minutes if we have a lead and are trying to milk the clock. Gives us another ball handler and excellent free throw shooter.

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Mark Lindrud 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Good points. Sometimes it isn't about being the starter, but knowing your hard work gets you considerable playing time. Just look at Traylor who is slowly becoming a beast.

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Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

This love fest is as misguided as the hiring of Terry Allen. You two should get a room and then fight.

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Mark Lindrud 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Are you going to ref? This is probably the first time Mick and I agree lol.

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Mick Allen 1 week, 6 days ago

Thanks for your insight Brett. Your response is as misguided as the hiring of Turner Gill.

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Len Shaffer 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Is it just me or does the word "slices" in the headline seem especially painful?

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Mark Lindrud 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Diamond Stone, it dices, it slices and so much more. The original Diamond Stone is back! One stroke to slice and dice, easy to use, just place vegetables or fruit on blade and firmly press down. Diamond Stone, as seen on TV, lets you chop onions without crying and bring new life to salads, main courses and vegetable sides in no time. Instantly slice your potato into fries. Tomato slices perfectly every time, and in just one stroke! French Fries! Cottage Fries and more!!!! Diamond Stone, coming to a university near you!

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Jason Musick 2 weeks, 4 days ago

How many Scholarships will be available for 2015 ???

Which player or players will be declaring for the NBA Draft?

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Mark Lindrud 2 weeks, 3 days ago

As of now we have 1 scholarship available. No one has declared for the draft like Wiggins basically did before last season started lol, but the early favorites are Selden, Alexander and Oubre.

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