Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Vegas prep Zimmerman to visit for Late Night

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.


Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot, 240-pound senior 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, who is ranked No. 7 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by, on Sunday night announced that he would visit North Carolina on Oct. 3, KU the following weekend, Kentucky on Oct. 17, UCLA on Oct. 24 and Arizona on Nov. 7.

Zimmerman later tweeted that he had not eliminated Indiana and UNLV, just that he would not officially visit those schools. Players are allowed five official campus visits.

Zimmerman averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.0 blocks last season at Gorman. Zimmerman in June helped the USAUnder 18 national team to the championship of the FIBA Americas tournament. He averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game for 5-0 Team USA. He had nine points and nine rebounds in the title game.

In May, when Zimmerman cut his list to eight (he’s since eliminated Louisville), he told the Las Vegas Sun: “I look for schools that are going to help me develop the most. My goal is to get to the NBA. I want a school that’s going to help me get better as a player and a person. Winning’s a big factor, obviously everybody loves winning, but that’s a side note to the development part.

“All these schools have sent at least someone to the NBA. They all have done it in some way, although some more than others. I do look at how a player was when they got there and how they ended up. That can show me if they got worse or not. Maybe they were supposed to be higher in the draft and then ended up going low. The draft is one of the biggest things that I’m looking for in a college.”

Svi excels: Incoming KU guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has averaged 17.3 points a game for Ukraine in his country’s first four games at the Under 18 European championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Mykhailiuk, a 6-7 combo guard from Cherkassy, has hit 23 of 52 shots for 44.2 percent. He’s made seven of 28 threes for 25 percent and 16 of 24 two-point tries for 66.7 percent.

He’s converted 16 of 19 free throws and also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.0 turnovers and 2.3 steals while logging 23 minutes per game. On Sunday, he had 13 points off 4-of-11 shooting (2-8 from three) with four rebounds while playing 20 minutes in a 87-55 rout of Ireland.

Diallo likes KU: Cheick Diallo, a 6-9, 220-pound senior center from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, attended, but did not play for Team Scan of Bronx, N.Y., in the KC Hardwood Classic over the weekend in Overland Park. He’s considering KU, Kentucky, Iowa State, Pitt and others.

“I have talked with him and I know he really likes Kansas,” his teammate, Austrian Robinson, told “He likes them a lot. He is a big fan of Joel Embiid.”

Diallo, who is ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2015 by, grew up playing soccer in west Africa. Former KU center Embiid is from Cameroon.

Athletes First, whose top player, combo guard Allonzo Trier, played in just one game, won last weekend’s Sunflower Showcase in Shawnee. That tourney will be moving to Lawrence next July.

Mario in town: Mario Chalmers today will host his 6th annual Mario V. Chalmers Foundation Golf Tournament and VIP Mixer at Alvamar. The shotgun tourney begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation and Mario’s Closet located at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Both the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation and Mario's Closet support and fund initiatives for breast cancer research, treatment and awareness.


Ron Pauley 7 years, 4 months ago

Why isn't the story loading so I can read it? Every day for several I've been reading about KU sports. HELP! Thanks.

Rocky Curtis 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes. Same thing is happening on my Mac. The post is obviously loaded incorrectly.

Rocky Curtis 7 years, 4 months ago

Unless you have access to Gary Bedore, we will all just have to wait for him to see it and repost it.

Rocky Curtis 7 years, 4 months ago

I sent Gary a note telling him about the problem. You can do the same. Click on his name and follow the directions. :-)

Ron Pauley 7 years, 4 months ago

Somewhat comforting to know that I'm not the only one. Thanks. Rock Chalk! Hopefully, they'll get it squared soon.

Greg Lux 7 years, 4 months ago

100% not your computer ... This one is on

Benton Smith 7 years, 4 months ago

Something weird happened with the admin system for the site after the story was loaded last night. Fixed now.

Ryan Zimmerman 7 years, 4 months ago

So, in summary, dont count on Svi making a lot of 3s during his tenure here:)

Joseph Bullock 7 years, 4 months ago

Ryan, He is still developing, and he has the kind of shot, and form, that he could catch fire at any time. He may end up being a streak shooter (I don't have a lot of info of his past, in that regards), but I think, from watching him, he has a lot of potential. Also, we are only seeing stats. We don't have any idea, how the defense was playing him, and if his man had help guarding him. He may have to work on his shot selection, because even though he is in a pro league, most of those players are not the caliber, of what he will be facing, in games, and in practices here. I'm trying to think positive. I'm sure our coaching staff, with the talent surrounding him here, will find ways to get him a lot of wide open looks! Rock Chalk!!!

Curtis Stutz 7 years, 4 months ago

Well Mr. Zimmerman great choice on visiting Late Night. UK has a pretty solid track record of guys that were supposed to be 1st rounders not even leaving for the pros, Poythress, Wiltjer, WCS, Dakari Johnson. Orton is a largely forgotten high recruit since he went #29 overall. Calipari has had so many talented guys come in his track record looks good, but anybody's would. Verdict is still out on how Alford and Miller are at developing bigs at their schools, Crean obviously has done alright with Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh, not a large sample size and both top10 players out of HS. Williams has put some guys there, mostly uber talented folks with Tyler Zeller probably being the best development UNC has seen in a big in Williams' time and McAdoo (undrafted after 3 years) being the worst. He's also been against playing big men in their first year for the most part. Nobody has the track record for developing big men that HCBS has at KU. It's crazy to think of how many of his big men recruits have played professionally. He's recruited Kaun/Jackson/Arthur/Aldrich/the Morrisi/TRob/Withey/Embiid, heck every big man he's given a scholarship to at KU has played pro ball it would appear. Will Black keep the streak alive, probably, won't be surprised if Traylor and Lucas both make some money playing the sport and Ellis is looking good in that respect. Guy with your talent is a lock for the NBA draft coming through KU and should be lottery.

Steve Zimmerman 7 years, 4 months ago

I really wish BigZimm will pick KU for those reasons you have stated, Mr. Studz. Withey's development has been a phenomenal success at KU, eventhough he hasn't performed that well in the league. TRob is another success - outside top 25 HS recruit that landed on top pick, has really dominated in rebounds in nba. the Morrii bros have become the most impact big players coming out of KU.

Mike Riches 7 years, 4 months ago

"I look for schools that are going to help me develop the most....Winning’s a big factor, obviously everybody loves winning, but that’s a side note to the development part."

Sounds like a real team player...

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