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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KU basketball notebook: Coach K says Cavs should trade Wiggins

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If Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were running the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins would already be wearing Timberwolves gear.

Appearing on CBS Sports radio with John Feinstein, Krzyzewski was asked whether Cleveland should pull the trigger and trade its 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, to land All-Star power forward Kevin Love from Minnesota.

“There’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I’d trade for Kevin Love,” Krzyzewski, the Duke and Team USA coach, said. “That’s not saying anything bad about any of the other youngsters. Love’s an All-Star, and he’s a double-double guy. But he’s a double-double guy who can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys who can spread the floor — he can go inside and outside. There may be a low-post player that gets you a double-double, but Love … you can do a lot of different things with him.”

Wiggins, after spending one season at Kansas University, soon could sign with Cleveland, according to a report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Cavs haven’t signed him yet as a measure to maximize cap space.

Cleveland still could ship Wiggins to Minnesota after signing him, but Windhorst reported NBA rules would put such a move on hold for 30 days.

Late Night visitor

Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot senior basketball center from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, Zimmerman told Rivals.com on Monday.

Zimmerman, the No. 7-rated prospect in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals, has cut Louisville and now has a list of KU, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, UNLV, Arizona and UCLA.

He will visit North Carolina on Oct. 3 and Kentucky Oct. 17.

Frankamp soph to watch

ESPN.com’s C.L. Brown identified Kansas guard Conner Frankamp as one of 12 “under-the-radar sophomores to watch” in the 2014-15 season.

To qualify for the list, a player had to be ranked in the top 100 of the Class of 2013, average around 10 minutes a game or less as a freshman and likely return for his junior season.

Of Frankamp, a 6-foot, 165-pound sophomore from Wichita, Brown wrote: “The Jayhawks are looking for the stability at point guard they never seemed to get last season. Frankamp could provide it, not to mention add another shooter to the lineup.”

Other players to make the list were: Marquette post Luke Fischer, Colorado guard Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Louisville guard Anton Gill, North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks, Memphis forward Kuran Iverson, Duke guard Matt Jones, Kentucky forward Marcus Lee, Ohio State forward Marc Loving, Arizona guard Elliott Pitts, Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson and Baylor wing Ish Wainright.

Peach buzz

KU basketball recruiting target Allonzo Trier’s scoring outbursts at a showcase in North Augusta, South Carolina, landed the 6-foot-4 guard on Zagsblog.com’s All-Peach Jam team.

Also being recruited by Arizona, Louisville, UCLA, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgetown and others, Trier scored a Peach Jam-high 30.8 points per game, including a 42-point outing.

Kansas targets Antonio Blakeney (6-3 shooting guard), Caleb Swanigan (6-8 center) and Isaiah Briscoe (6-3 point guard) also made the Zagsblog All-Peach Jam first team.

Garrett honored

The National Association of Basketball Coaches on Monday named KU senior walk-on Christian Garrett to its Honors Court, for top student-athletes of the 2013-14 season.

To qualify for the Honors Court, players must be upperclassmen with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the season.

Comments

Cameron Cederlind 7 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if coach K would be saying the same thing had the Cavs selected Jabari Parker.

Greg Lux 7 years, 6 months ago

Oh how the rejection of a recruit lingers...

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 6 months ago

I have wondered the same thing. The fact that people are asking K his opinion annoys me because this has nothing to do with him, but everyone kisses his back side.

Robert Brock 7 years, 6 months ago

KU is not recruiting Trier, Swanigan, Blakeney, or Briscoe.

Page Butler 7 years, 6 months ago

How do you know that they aren't recruiting them?

Glen Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

I would think that the people who write for a website called KUsports probably have a better idea of who we are recruiting than you do...... just saying. They may not be going after these guys hard, but that does not mean they are not being recruited.

Walter Bridges 7 years, 6 months ago

2015 will be a tricky year for Coach Self recruiting wise. With one spot vacant and not knowing exactly who will be leaving early, I would say sign the player with the most upside first and hope a lot of players wait to commit until next spring.

Andy Hess 7 years, 6 months ago

Swanigan is more or less a lock to go to Michigan State, according to anyone who has even glanced at his recruiting.

Janet Olin 7 years, 6 months ago

Who cares what Coach K says?? It's not like we're talking about his darling Parker, or like he cares anything about Wiggins or the Cavs. His opinion here is irrelevant.

Keith Gellar 7 years, 6 months ago

clearly it is because KU sports made an article about it and all the ku messageboards probably have threads dedicated to it. seriously, you are right- what coach k says shouldn't mean sh!t..but KU's always had this inferiority complex..where they feel like they have to constantly one up duke. its sickening.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 6 months ago

If we're talking about Love for Wiggins straight up, then I would absolutely pull the trigger, but it's not a straight up deal and with the other factors involved, I personally wouldn't pull the trigger on this deal.

Walter Bridges 7 years, 6 months ago

Couldn't care less about what Coach K thinks on this subject. I'll give him credit for being a stand up guy. His actions during the Duke lacrosse non-scandal cemented the opinion I have of him but I don't understand why this article was even written much less released.

He didn't coach either Wiggins or Love so what does his opinion matter? Maybe he is regretting not going to the NBA as a coach or a GM but as the coach of Duke, stfu.

Maybe Wiggins should hold out until he knows where he is going.

David Friend 7 years, 6 months ago

Walter. Coach K has coached Love on USA Basketball

Walter Bridges 7 years, 6 months ago

Thanks David, I forgot that. Also, I noticed Coach K is coaching the USA Select Team in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. If anything, I think Coach K has a dog in this and might be biased. Love will most likely play on the upcoming Olympic Games.

I also noticed that Coach K has two former Duke players (Myles and Mason Plumlee) and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart on the 2014 Select Team.

http://www.nba.com/hornets/zeller-named-2014-usa-mens-select-team

Steve Zimmerman 7 years, 6 months ago

I could care less about what's going to happen to Wiggins - I care more about the next big thing here at KU, dang it. What's our chance of landing BigZimm? I'm really hopeful of this youngster. He'll be a real deal for KU. He looks really really good.

Walter Bridges 7 years, 6 months ago

Really? I always keep up w/Jayhawks going in to the NBA or even in one of the many leagues over seas. Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk.

Steve Zimmerman 7 years, 6 months ago

I meant, this 'trade' news & speculation are a bit too much here. It won't be all that bad for Wiggins either way.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 6 months ago

This just in, Coach K hired by the Cavs! It's a two year deal to run basketball operations for 20 million. Starting next season Cavs players are allowed 7 fouls a game, opposing teams get 5, and Wiggins is being traded for Jabari Parker.

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