Saturday, November 8, 2014

KU basketball notebook: Recruit Rabb to wait; Self on Mr. October


Ivan Rabb, a 6-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, California, is the latest player in the Class of 2015 to say he’ll be signing in the spring.

Rabb was slated to visit KU this weekend, but his mom, Tami, told she had a conflict at work. They’ll reschedule in order to attend a KU home game this season.

Rabb, who has visited Kentucky, will visit Arizona on Jan. 3. He’s also considering UCLA and California.

“I thought it (Kentucky) was a really nice school,” Tami Rabb told Zagsblog. “The coaching staff was great. It was a lot to think about from the perspective of the business decision. I enjoyed my visit there.”

Of KU, she said: “I know Ivan really likes Kansas a lot. I like the coaching staff and we just want to go see.”

Of the springtime decision, she added: “He wants to play with some different guards in his class and he wants to see where they go.”

Reg-gie, Reg-gie: KU coach Self said he would have invited Hall of Fame baseball player Reggie Jackson into the Jayhawks’ locker room had he known he was at Monday’s KU-Washburn game.

“He was the man,” Self said. “He was one of those guys you either loved or loved to hate. There was no middle ground with him. ‘Oh, Reggie, he’s OK.’ Nobody ever said that. It’s ‘he’s the best’ or ‘he’s the biggest jerk.’ He was a stud.”

This, that: KU sophomore forward Brannen Greene, who suffered a concussion Monday versus Washburn, returned to practice with contact Friday. ... KU will meet Emporia State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse. ... Self had a football-related tweet on Friday. “Hope I see a lot of you at Memorial Stadium tomorrow. Gonna be a great day, let’s support our guys vs. Iowa State #salutetoservice #rockchalk.”


Robert Brock 6 years, 11 months ago

I think Cal is in the lead. Not Cal as in Calipari - Cal as in the University of California at Berkeley.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

All I know is it ain't us. Wants to see where some of the best guards he gets along with are going that are also undecided. Well that would be KY or someone other than us.

Mike Riches 6 years, 11 months ago

"The coaching staff was great. It was a lot to think about from the perspective of the business decision."

Why does that just sound wrong to me?

Matt Spitzli 6 years, 11 months ago

He wants to go to the place that will prepare him for and properly market him to the pros. That's the profession he's chosen. No different than any other prospective student choosing the right program.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 11 months ago

My guess is Calipari told him he should consider choosing a school as a business decision and not a decision of the heart. Sounds like Calipari.

Benz Junque 6 years, 11 months ago

Cause most people go to college to goof around, not to prepare for their future career. He's choosing a training program for his career. If that's not a business decision then I don't know what is...

robert rasdon 6 years, 11 months ago

yeah i cant say that comment was good for anyone:(

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 11 months ago

That is ridiculous. I suppose the particular choice of the word 'business' may seem suspect, but it's no different than Mark Mangino this week saying coming to coach against KU is a business trip. It's semantics. There is pomp and celebrity and hanging out with big-time alumni involved in recruiting and then there is the aspect of finding the very best situation in which to succeed as a player and find a job in the future. If you are considering Harvard vs Washburn law school, you are making a business decision based on which of those will be better suited to making you a successful lawyer and securing a position with a big time firm. Same with big-time b-ball recruits. It's all business. It's their future. They are not here just to entertain you...

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 11 months ago

What I love about Cal and the circus that has become Kentucky, was on display during their midnight madness. That d bag Drake was there in the layup line like he was on the freaking roster. He's not even an alumn yet they treat him like he's special. Then he promptly air balls a jump shot. What a schmuck. A couple of nights later he was videotaped running back into a strip club to get into a fight. The Kentucky boosters and older alumni must be so proud of the joke their program has become.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

Winning is no joke. As long as they win championships they will all stand and clap. Not a Drake fan at all, he is a joke, but it plays well with recruits. The rumor is how quick they can eclipse UCLA there. They need 4 more to win 12 and be the all time NCAA Basketball Champion.

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