Sunday, July 13, 2014

KU’s Ellis, Oubre mentioned among top collegians at LeBron James camp


ESPN analyst Miles Simon was the latest to tweet praise about Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis’ play at the LeBron James camp in Las Vegas.

“Perry Ellis has been so consistent all week. Jumper falling. Attacking from perimeter. Quietly doing his thing. Should have a good year,” Simon wrote.

Added former NBA coach John Lucas on Twitter: “Perry Ellis greatly improved. Told him work on his left, first shot 2day left hand. Way2listen young man.”

Oubre faring well: Jonathan Givony of tweeted about freshman wing Kelly Oubre’s play at the LeBron camp: “Strong showings today from Kelly Oubre & Sam Dekker. Look like the two best wing prospects here. Jarell Martin and Vincent Hunter also solid.”

Added Lucas: “Kansas recruit Kelly Oubre looking good as advertised. One of top wings here. Will be immediate impact @ KU.”

Buddy’s boast: Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield may have given KU some bulletin board material Thursday at the LeBron James Academy.

“We’re gonna win the Big 12. I’m saying it right now, we’re gonna win the Big 12,” he told Jeff Borzello of

Recruiting: Carlton Bragg, a 6-9, 225-pound senior-to-be power forward from Cleveland’s Villa Angela St. Joseph High, tells he will visit KU and Kentucky. It’s believed’s No. 9-rated player also has Louisville, Illinois, Ohio State, UCLA, Arizona and Maryland on his list.


Len Shaffer 7 years, 4 months ago

You have to feel a little bad for players like Buddy Hield. I mean seriously, what's he going to say: "I know that Kansas always wins the Big 12, but I'm excited to compete for second place?"

Robert Brock 7 years, 4 months ago

Earth to Buddy Hield: "You will not beat Kansas...or Texas, for that matter."

Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

Buddy, they only give out the trophy if you win it, not if you say you are going to win it. Ask Billy Tubbs about the 1988 NCAA Championship game.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 4 months ago

Regarding Hield's statement, my only desire is that our guys get way more competent at both ends of the floor at doing ALL the little things Self demands. Self's system brought 10 straight championships + perennial top10 team in March. He's done it with several sets of players, so our guys need to execute our repertoire, and Buddy Hield's hopes get automatically flattenned.

If we dont execute Self's system, we are just another college team, that can be beat by anybody. See thumping by FL. See AFH defeat by a "west coast team". In a dogfight with EKY in March, then powerless to stop another "west coast team". And this sufferred by a KU team with 2 top3 NBA picks on it.

The underlying theme for KU is Self's System. So execute it, young Jayhawks! Prove yourselves, because your coach already has proven himself.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 4 months ago

Do you consider the possibility that our coach is not an innocent bystander when things don't go right? Do you consider that his choices, scheme, planning, and adjustments (or lack thereof) can contribute to our failures?

Is a football coach that runs the spread, but doesn't have four guys that can reliably catch the football, brilliant because he has won before with that scheme? Is it the players fault that they fail when they can't execute the coach's scheme?

Robert Lofthouse 7 years, 4 months ago

yes, if the coach has a winning scheme and coaches the players to execute his plays with precision, and the players don't come through, then it is their fault... but teaching, mentoring, coaching and winning is why the big guy gets paid 7 figures

Brian Wilson 7 years, 4 months ago

Coaches make the wrong decisions all the time. Even Self. And "Yes" not all schemes are the best schemes for all players, teams, and games. A radical football analogy would be trying to fit an Option quarterback into a West Coast offense. So in your mind is that the player's fault? KU is spoiled with talented players and last year is no exception and may be a great example. There are a lot of people that feel Frankamp should have started in place of Tharpe. Is it Tharpe's fault for the bad play at the point, or was he miscast by Self? Is it Connor's fault for not having beat Tharpe in practice or is it Bill Self's fault for not giving Connor a lengthy chance a at the point during the season?

Robert Rasdon 7 years, 4 months ago

you have to look at it this way..does anyone realize that josh selby would have been a senior last year with the all around talent we had? probably would have never sighned tharpe..its just the animal that is college can you predict the future anymore? still very proud that KU won theyre 10 conferance title...simply put it was a year of no leadership at a critical position...point not a typical Self D.

Joe Joseph 7 years, 4 months ago

I get what you're saying, but I'm pretty sure it would have been safe to predict that the #1 recruit would not have stayed through his senior year.

Robert Rasdon 7 years, 4 months ago

and that would have been a lot better road to take for Selby Four years under self than where he is now:( what is crazy though is you would think Self would draw the top point guards every year being that he was one...but if you look it this way we all know he wants it pounded in the paint..i think tgats why kentucky gets the so called best point guard commits.because of cals motion offence .

Robert Rasdon 7 years, 4 months ago

ill state the obvious college basketball will be so much better if they up it to twenty year olds, back to building teams that can win if they stay together...better games to watch..and no more hording talent from Calapari ...if you dont have the room..then you dont get 7 mcdonald all americans..i would actually hate being a mid major team going up against the bluebloods though.

Mike Riches 7 years, 4 months ago

I think it's great that Buddy Hield is talking with reporters about Oklahoma football...

Taylor Wright 7 years, 4 months ago

I love when other Big 12 players talk smack because it just makes AFH that much more pumped when they come and play (i.e. Marcus Smart)

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