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Originally published April 27, 2015 at 05:12p.m., updated April 28, 2015 at 12:28a.m.

Brandon Ingram chooses Duke over KU, others

Brandon Ingram of Kingston High School in Kingston, North Carolin, competes in the 3-Point Contest in the Under Armour Elite 24 Skills Competition on Friday, August 22, 2014, in New York, NY.

Brandon Ingram of Kingston High School in Kingston, North Carolin, competes in the 3-Point Contest in the Under Armour Elite 24 Skills Competition on Friday, August 22, 2014, in New York, NY.

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Wearing a gray tuxedo, white shirt and gray bow tie, Brandon Ingram stepped to a podium in the Kinston (North Carolina) High School gymnasium Monday night, and with six microphones in front of him, placed a Duke University hat atop his head.

The 6-foot-8 senior forward, who is ranked No. 4 in the basketball Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, announced for the Blue Devils over Kansas University, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kentucky and UCLA.

“I chose the program I thought was best the fit for me. Growing up, I was a Duke fan,” Ingram said. “I love everything about coach K (Mike Krzyzewski). I want to impact the program as soon as I come in.”

Ingram averaged 24.3 points and 10.4 rebounds in leading Kinston to its fourth straight state title.

Questions about what might happen at UNC in the wake of the school’s academic scandal hurt the Tar Heels’ chances of landing Ingram, who played for former UNC standout Jerry Stackhouse’s AAU team.

“We wanted to see something on paper,” Ingram’s dad, Donald, told the Raleigh News and Observer, saying an ongoing NCAA investigation “played a big factor” in his son not choosing North Carolina.

“We wanted to hear it on television. We wanted to know that they’re not going to fall into the same situation like Jim Boeheim with Syracuse (not being allowed in NCAAs last year). So you don’t want to go into a (situation) that’s already hot. And it played a factor in it.”

Diallo decision nears: No. 5-ranked Cheick Diallo is expected to reveal his college choice today or Wednesday, Eric Bossi of Rivals.com reports. It is possible Diallo, 6-9 senior from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, will merely report his decision on Twitter. No plans for a news conference have yet been revealed.

Diallo, a native of Mali, is considering KU, Kentucky, St. John’s, Iowa State and Pitt. He averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game this past season for the 22-12 Pioneers.

He was MVP of the recent McDonald’s All-America game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. He also was named Gatorade Player of the Year in New York.

In recent measurements at the Nike Hoop Summit, Diallo measured 6-foot-9 in shoes and 220 pounds. He has a 7-4 wingspan and 9-1 standing reach.

Brown cuts three: Jaylen Brown, a 6-7 senior small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, on Monday trimmed his list of schools to KU, Kentucky, Michigan, California and North Carolina, Scout.com reported. Rivals.com’s No. 3-rated player cut UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech from his list.

Mlive.com notes that Brown’s mom, Michelle, is a native of Muskegon, Michigan, and he has family in the area. Michigan freshman Austin Hatch on Monday was placed on medical scholarship and will no longer be a member of the team. It has opened one scholarship for the Wolverines.

Brown is the state of Georgia’s highest rated prospect since Derrick Favors, who was ranked No. 3 by Rivals, in 2009.

Mack update: KU is reportedly recruiting former VCU commit Tevin Mack, a 6-6 senior small forward from Dreher High in Columbia, South Carolina, who is ranked No. 61 by Rivals.com.

Mack initially chose VCU over South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and UConn. Texas, which now is led by former VCU coach Shaka Smart, is on his current list.

“Kansas has emerged as a MAJOR player in Tevin Mack’s recruitment,” tweeted Midlands-HSsports.com on Monday night.

Clock talk: The shot clock will likely be reduced from 35 to 30 seconds, NCAA Rules Committee chair Rick Byrd tells ESPN.com. The committee will meet May 12-15 in Indianapolis.

“There’s not a lot we can do unless we rewrite the rules,” Byrd told Andy Katz, referring to helping increase scoring in college hoops. “There will be pressure to do something, and one of those things to do is to lower the shot clock to 30. I think that would improve the pace of play.”

KU coach Bill Self has told the Journal-World he’s in favor of a 30-second shot clock. His comments are available at http://ljw.bz/1NLpl6R

Comments

Tyson Ailshie 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for your ornithological explanation, Rob. It is so refreshing to be enlightened on a subject that I am unclear on.

Paul James 4 years, 2 months ago

Then you'll be happy to learn that the sun is actually white

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 2 months ago

again those of us who follow the recruiting sites online knew that this was going to happen no big surprise. Kansas cannot get a top 10 recruit in the Carolina area period so no big loss. However now that makes Diallo and Brown's announcement HUGE,HUGE,HUGE!!!!!! For Kansas. the fact that Brown has dropped UCLA from his list bodes very well for us however Michigan and a few Georgia local schools are going to be in the mix as well. We must get 1 of these last 2 Between Diallo and Brown hopefully both.

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

Brown dropped the Georgia schools from his list, no more Georgia schools in the mix.... the article just said that lol.

I look for KU or Kentucky to land him. Most likely Kentucky, along with Diallo. I really think both of them are going to Coach Cals NBA factory unfortunately. I'm thinking Bragg will be it for high end recruits this year. Seems like the USA thing is deterring kids, not bringing them in. I'm guessing they don't want their summers hemmed up with just basketball before they go off to college. Never thought about that spin, but seems to be the consequence we are facing.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

I was thinking the same the with the USA games.

Severeno Woods 4 years, 2 months ago

Knew it already. Duke. Social media gave that one away. Kansas has a real chance with CD, not so much with Brown. It is pretty well understood that he wants to play in front of family and Michigan is his #1 choice.

Severeno Woods 4 years, 2 months ago

Check my past post buddy. I said it last week. Duke. Just follow social media. Nothing is a secret anymore.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Diallo will select tomorrow or Wednesday. Dominoes are falling, pieces settling in place.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

Anybody surprised by this only needed to look at the rosters of Duke, KU, and UNC to see why Ingram picked Duke. Nobody is a lot easier to beat for playing time than Svi and Greene (Ingram probably could have) at KU and Justin Jackson at UNC.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

It does not appear Diallo nor Brown are leaning towards KU. If we miss on these last two top ranked recruits we are going to have basically the same team that labored to finish 8-6.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

An 8-6 finish that also included an assistant coach being suspended, a serious knee injury to the best player on the team, a serious hip injury to the best shooter on the team, and eligibility issues for the most talented post player. That's clearly not a recipe for a crappy finish to the season.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Im still moderately concerned. Even before any of those incidents, Kansas was struggling mightily to play consistently. We were giving up huge runs to other teams and missing point blank shots. Im whistling past the graveyard when I say there is hope that with another year of maturity many of those issues will be mitigated or resolved. Here's hoping.

I dont think there is evidence to suggest that Diallo is leaning away from Kansas, though. At least not from Diallo himself.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

KU may not have been blowing people away all year, but before those issues started happening, KU was at least winning most of the close games they were playing. Howard was suspended on Feb. 12 and KU went 7-5 after his suspension and I don't think it's a coincidence that KU's struggles coincided with the start of Howard's suspension.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Agree that Kansas was winning some close games prior. Disagree that its struggles started with Howard's suspension. Some of this depends on how we define "struggle". I went to the Florida game at home, for example, and even by then everyone around me was expressing frustration at Kansas' atypical habit of surrendering huge runs to other teams. We did it against Michigan State, and Tennessee, and we struggled for a lot of the game against a UCSB team. And then of course, there was Kentucky. In the Florida game itself we were down 17 or 18 in the first half. So maybe we're talking across each other, but it's clear in my own mind that we struggled early in the season. I think, from reading your comment, that you are equating struggles with wins and losses and the tough stretch record-wise. Fair enough. It may be that we're talking apples and oranges.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

The difference pre and post Howard suspension was the outcome of the close games. Before the suspension, KU may have still been blowing big leads, but they were also still winning those games and once the suspension happened, KU lost the ability to eventually close out the games they had been winning.

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

Can you guarantee that if Perry's knee was not hurting we wouldn't have had the same record in the end? No, you can't. More than likely would have won a few more games, but not the one that mattered. WSU wiped the floor with us. A healthy Perry wouldn't have won us that game. We just didn't want it as bad as they did and they were more prepared than we were. We needed a few studs that could come in and contribute right away. Having the same team just doesn't scream title contenders to me. We are a big and scorer away from being one of the favorites. Now, Svi or Selden might uptick so much this summer our scorer would be taken care of..... but without a rim protector and some more size, I just don't see it.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Aaron those are hopeful excuses to try to explain away the team we are looking at for the upcoming season. Which is the same team that lost those games. You are kind of missing the point. The team that lost is the team we have so far (Bragg for KO). How we ended up with that team does not make a huge difference. How did the team that we have, this team now, play? Average is how. Even if Ellis is fine, Greene comes back 100%, we are still going to be missing a rim protector, height and scorers other than Ellis (who can be taken out of games). I am overly cautious, but even someone who is not would find it hard to think we can compete with Duke, UNC, KY, AZ, WI and a few others with this team. How much improvement are some of those guys going to really have? We need another stud freshman, period.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

We DID have a good season considering everything. Winning the conference championship last year ranks among Bill Self's best accomplishments while at Kansas to me. And the team DID face some challenges (some of them injuries) that did impact our performance.

But relying on rankings as a measuring stick for how good we were last season is like using a rubber ruler. We were never ranked below 13th or 14th, I dont think, but at times in the season we were not even playing like a top-25 team. In addition, the performance in the tournament by conference teams showed that our regular season rankings were inflated. And as far as not needing anything, Ill just say that we have neither a back-to-the-basket scoring threat in the post and a rim protector in the paint on the defensive end of the floor. Historically Kansas has had those under Self and since he plays the hi-lo it's clear that a heavier post presence is a necessity.

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

Good season, yes...... Great season..... I don't remember cutting down the nets. I thought Duke did that. Sorry, but a conference title is all we accomplished. We didn't win our conference tournament and were bounced in the second round. That's a good season that as a fan I am proud of, but not a great one. I have pretty lofty goals to consider something to be great.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

And I think you're severely underestimating just how big an impact the Howard suspension, those injuries, and the Alexander situation had on the team down the stretch. I'm not saying KU is going to win a title with the roster as is, but it's also not going to be as bad as you, Ben, and others are predicting either.

I think you're also overestimating how good other teams will be. There's not going to be a dominant team next team and it will be one of the more wide open seasons in quite some time. UNC, Maryland, and Michigan St. will all be improved, Duke and Virginia won't be quite as good, Arizona won't be as good, and Kentucky and Wisconsin are both going to take big steps back.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree that next year's teams will be a watered down version of this year's. A lot of teams not named "Kentucky" would probably have been more dominant against next season's teams than the ones of last season.

To me, the order of impact from greatest to least on KUs drop off are as follows: injury, Alexander situation, Howard. Cliff's situation was really a gut-punch morale-wise. He was not a major contributor offensively for any part of the season, but his situation was a black hole for attention given to it. That had to affect the team.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Brett I can't tell are you serious or not?

I can tell...

You miss the point of the most relevant fact of all. 8-6 down the stretch with basically this team... ps- Ellis was there for 4 of those losses. I do not see anyone who is going to make a big improvement. For everyone you can think of, there is a Tharpe and EJ his senior season to offset them, and so on. You cannot stand pat and hope someone improves like a Thomas Robinson or JW dramatically. We need help this season. Scores specifically. Who else but Frank and Perry are going to score for this bunch?

If you are ready to stand pat then I wish you well. I am hoping we can get a few more better players.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Ill say this and then sit. I think Aaron has a point about the competition across all of NCAA basketball should be less by comparison this year vs. last. If Kansas neither improves nor declines, it makes sense to me that we would improve by comparison.

Mark Lindrud 4 years, 2 months ago

I would agree, but we still have not improved on a major weakness at this point, which is getting another rebounder. For us to take big step ahead to be a true contender next year, that is still a great need.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

I dont disagree. I said something similar above in my response to Brett. Even if we ARE better because teams across the country dont have the talent they did last year, we still have a lot of areas to improve in. I dont care how we come into the season ranked.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

No estimating at all Aaron. 8-6 is 8-6 with these same guys. You act like our players areh the only ones who improve from year to year.

Howard??? really? What position did he play again? What game did he coach for us? That was a speed bump to the team, what happened and how it was handled. If you mean recruiting, if that is true he needs to go...

I am comparing rosters which is all you can do at this point and we are severely lacking compared to all of those teams and a few others. If we do not get anyone you will see and hear the word overmanned a lot more next season IMHO. We might be ok in the B12 no one else is making a lot of noise but non con and NCAA's we will be in the second tier ranked 13-25. Nice, decent season 10-12 losses maybe, but a far cry from competing for a national title.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

I forgot that all assistant coaches do during the regular season is sit on their a$$es and collect a paycheck. They do absolutely nothing behind the scenes that has any impact on the success of the team whatsoever. Nothing like scouting reports or running practice or going out and recruiting or anything like that and having one suspended for 2 weeks from any team activities couldn't possibly have any negative impact on the team.

KU's schedule next season is also nowhere near as difficult as the past 2 seasons and there's also this kid named Sviatoslav Mykhaliliuk who is expected to make the biggest strides of all (there's a reason why he's a projected late lottery pick in 2016) so you keep making your predictions that KU will lose double digit games next season because they will be proven wrong by next April.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 2 months ago

The same team that finished 8-6 also started the big 12 by going 10-2, Rodney. Why does it make sense to generalize about next year's team from games where we had eligibility issues, two significant injuries, and a coach suspended?

With all due respect, you act like our players are the only ones who won't improve from year to year. If we were to have any role players break out next year, I suspect you would be one of the last fans to see it. The fact that you don't see it before any games have been played is hardly surprising.

John Pritchett 4 years, 2 months ago

Are we so swept up in this one-and-done culture that we consider last year's team "the same team" unless we bring in a couple of freshmen to turn it around? Even if you don't bring in any high ranking freshmen, the returning team is going to improve significantly just based on experience and physical and mental growth. I miss the days when the only value to freshmen was that they matured into sophomores, etc. If you failed to recruit good freshmen, that was a danger for future years. But not that year.

We have a good team coming back. Any freshmen we add are a roll of the dice at best for this season. You can't depend on them and you can't build a team around them. Whatever you get from them should be gravy. I prefer it when Coach Self builds a veteran team and throws in one or two one-and-doners each year. Preferably one. Because the more you depend on one-and-done players, the more you're rolling the dice. I like the stability and consistent greatness that we've enjoyed under Coach Self and throughout most of Kansas basketball history.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

When you lose two young players who started, yes you need to be swept up in the one-and-done culture. If you are fine with who we have now, then we are now looking for two new starters on our team right now. None of which could even be drafted for the NBA on potential. yikes.

Significantly improve, don't think so. I do not see a Thomas Robinson nor a Jeff Withey ready to explode this year on our roster. Who is going to make that jump?

Since KY, AZ, Duke, UNC, show that they can be very stable with OAD's, are you saying we are no longer on their level anymore? Maybe we should just settle for a lessor more consistent team and be happy? You win with the best players. You have to try and get them.

Sam Finocchiaro 4 years, 2 months ago

You can't see Svi, Selden, Mickelson, Bragg, Graham, Lucas, or Geene making "that jump"? Any of those guys possibly even more could make a huge jump for next year.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

I only see Svi, and Graham as possible players who might improve. I think Greene will be inconsistent and behind the first 8 weeks of the season due to his conditioning and timing (injury makes it hard for him to improve to me).

Since none of these are bigs, we are going to have the same issues we did last year and with Joel injured the year before.

This is just my opinion.

John Pritchett 4 years, 2 months ago

I highly doubt you saw Withey making a jump until he made it. That's the beauty of developing players rather than just rolling the dice on one-year boom-or-bust players.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

The reason we are preoccupied with the OAD culture is because it is an integral part of the governance of play in college basketball. To not be concerned with it would be to distance ourselves from the reality of the situation. No offense meant. Just the truth.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

OADs are only integral to the teams that depend on them. Wisconsin this year, UConn last year, KU in '12 all did well without the coveted OADs. We are getting Carlton Bragg to a roster of talented and experienced team.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Increasingly, teams are dependable. Increasingly, OAD talent is getting better and better. You have occasional teams who pop up and do well (national championship winning caliber) without them, sure. But these teams are the exception rather than the rule and they usually are only relevant for one year. In the examples you yourself brought up, OAD-laden teams beat veteran teams 2-1. And in every year, a OAD-laden team made it to the championship game.

Mark Lindrud 4 years, 2 months ago

Do I like the OAD era? Not at all, but that is what we live in now until the rules change. I want the best players that will provide us chances to be highly successful, and many OAD players helped us win a Big 12 championship.

If today's trend was get all players who were 5'5, I would be screaming get all of the 5'5 players, if it meant get us all the European players I would be screaming for the next Dirk to come to Kansas because we need what works and what the trend is. Things change and teams need to make changes according to the trends. It is just the reality, even if we may not like it. I want the next 5'5 Dirk lol.

John Pritchett 4 years, 2 months ago

My point is just that they're a crapshoot. You don't get a second chance with them. If they live up to expectations, great. If not, it doesn't matter, because they're moving on based on potential alone, not based on actual performance. It's a sad state of affairs, and I can't wait to see it change.

Coach Self has done a great job of balancing OADs with veteran teams. This year is shaping up to be another great example of this.

Will Michener 4 years, 2 months ago

Brown has trimmed his list from eight to five today, eliminating UCLA and the Georgia schools. This leaves KU,UK, Cal, Michigan, and UNC left on his list. Michigan also just freed up a scholarship with Austin Hatch deciding not to play basketball anymore. Brown to Michigan is looking more and more likely.

Regarding Diallo, I have seen a few tweets that have said that it is a toss-up now between KU and Kentucky. I've also seen a few tweets that say St. Johns has fallen behind on his recruitment and that they haven't been hearing good things about St. Johns' chance to land Diallo. Really hope we get this kid.

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 2 months ago

The recruiting strategy doesn't seem to be working! Too many eggs in the 5 star basket! Would prefer seeing us recruit solid 4 star guys that'll be at KU for 2 years at minimum with the odd 5 star rounding out our roster. Otherwise, we'll be scrambling for what's left which might no be in our long term interest.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Be careful the board does not like that word "scambling" Clarence...

I agree with you 100%, great post!

Jay Hawk 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm confused . . . you've consistently stated that we are losing the recruiting battles which have centered around the highly rated OADs, yet you agree that we should "recruit solid 4 star guys that'll be at KU for 2 years at minimum with the odd 5 star rounding out our roster." Actually, that's EXACTLY what we will have in abundance next year.

For next year to be something special, we do need Diallo in my opinion. Brown would be a luxury.

Other than that, we will have two upperclassman Burger Boys starting, a solid point guard, one of the best shooters in the nation, a POTENTIAL star in Svi, and an assortment of serviceable bigs (including Burger Boy Bragg). To think we won't improve over this year and be a legitimate FF threat is overly pessimistic but I guess that's what these message boards are for and only time will tell . . .

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

That is a lot of hope there Jay. Who is the best shooter in the nation, the injured guy? How do you see this team get to the final four with a team that could not win its second game in the NCAA without adding better players? That is a heck of a jump for someone to make.

We have 4 open scholarships and Bragg takes one. No one else has bitten. Let's face facts we have not done a good job this year. The smart play was to grab a 4 star or two ranked in the top 50, and roll the dice with one 5 star, to go with Bragg. We did not do that and now it is sink or swim. We get one of the two and we are a much better team. We don't we are not a much better team than the last 14 games of the season. There is no significant improvement coming from most of those guys.

I have repeated myself over the last 5-6 months that the board was disappearing and we had only one guy. We did not even offer most of the those guys. Now it is down to get one of the last two and then sign some 2 and 3 stars to fill out the roster. Or miss and just sign some 2 and 3 stars recruits.

Which would you prefer right now? Maybe have the 21st, 40th and 60th player or have the 21st, 118th, and the 131st? I would not mind three in the top 100 if we were going to miss on all the 5 stars.

I prefer realist but I understand your point. Thank you for being respectful.

Tom Jones 4 years, 2 months ago

"There is no significant improvement coming from most of those guys."

One really doesn't have to read any more of your post than that to understand that you don't know what you're talking about, bud. Sorry.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Tom feel free to not read my posts altogether is you want. I feel the same way about you buddy. My point is right on spot.

You do not have many original thoughts on here, you would rather make an immature cheap shot from the bleachers putting down the person not the point. This is more your speed. Truthfully not necessary but I know you don't care.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

You win some and lose some (in recruiting). Even Kentucky has been missing out on a lot of blue chip recruits this year.

Clarence Haynes 4 years, 2 months ago

Yeah but they (Kentucky) already have a top rated class that includes the no. 1 player in the 2015 class.

Joe Ross 4 years, 2 months ago

Comparing against Kentucky, EVERYONE loses. The truth is the players are being distributed around to many schools this year. Except Kansas, evidently. But it wont be like this every year. I understand your frustration.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

Kentucky should have a good starting 5 (top 10 caliber), but they will have very little quality depth behind that starting 5.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

I think I would take their losses if I had their commits. Heck I would take just one of their class to be honest at this point.

Wait we are taking all of their losses, hmmmm

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

Seems to be one of the most logical posts about recruiting I've read. Well done sir! I agree with you wholeheartedly. Waiting until the last minute to find out if these kids want to come here or not is just not smart. We seem to be left scrambling for players every year now.

Michael Haughey 4 years, 2 months ago

IMHO, unless Bragg develops real quick-like or UK slaps one of Diallo's relatives in the face while recruiting, next year will look a lot like the last. By that I mean the second best team in the state, 10 losses, no second weekend in the tourney. Hope I'm wrong, and a year's experience really helps Ellis and Selden particularly. I guess you could attribute the unwillingness of some recruits to a more crowded roster at KU than other programs. Anyway, am I alone in thinking Mikkelson should get more playing time? He is the only shot blocker and looked impressive at times.

Mike Riches 4 years, 2 months ago

No surprise on Ingram of course.

Regarding next year's team, of course nothing is certain, but I'm very hopeful that we will enjoy a significantly better and more consistent team next year for the following reasons:

  1. Age - We will go from being one of the younger teams in the country to one on the older side. I've made this comparison before, but I view next year's team as a more athletic and naturally talented version of our 2012-13 team.

  2. Experience - Obviously being older gives us more experience but I think the WUG (and more importantly the unlimited practice time that comes with them) offer an outstanding opportunity to improve in the off-season. I wish Svi could travel with the team.

  3. Our ceiling - While some of our players played at or near their perceived ceilings this past year (Ellis, Traylor, Greene for a stretch), many did not. One could argue that Selden has not yet played to his potential, and I fully expect to see improvement with Graham and Svi (who may have the highest ceiling of them all). Bragg may have more of an impact in his freshman campaign than Cliff had. Lucas and Mickelson showed promise at the end of this past season with increased minutes, especially defensively. If our other positions play the way they're capable of playing, we won't need a lot of production at the 5, imo.

  4. Competition - As was mentioned above, it appears that many other programs seem to be headed for a decline. Certainly the Big 12, which we won outright, looks like it may not be as stellar as this past year.

If we get Diallo, fantastic, but even if we don't, I think we have enough pieces in place to win #12 outright, to improve on our W/L total from this past year, and to be a threat in the tourney.

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

I disagree that the big 12 won't be stellar.... I actually think it will be better. Other than Staten, none of the top teams lost much. Plus With Shaka at Texas, Tech improving and TCU growing. I think all the teams will be pretty good outside of Kansas State.

Tyler Capone 4 years, 2 months ago

our season isn't doomed without Diallo but he is a game changer on both ends on the floor...something we don't really have

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Rodney, that we need a rim protector, but his point about Ellis being taken out of games, is totally off base! It is true, that Ellis has not always been totally effective, but 'ANYONE' can be taken out of games, if they are double, and triple teamed, every game, both before, and after they get the ball!!! And the fact that Ellis did not have a real scoring threat, to compliment him, inside, what would you expect! Have you ever played the game? Also, other teams 'will' also have players who will improve, but my point on that, is how many of their top tier players are returning, and what is the ceiling of those returning (if we even know the answer to that question, with their players, or ours)! To be honest, I think most of us, including myself, are still kind of jumping the gun, here. Let's see who we end up getting. And if we do happen to miss on the big time recruits, that does not mean who we do pick up, won't turn out to be a very good, or maybe even a great player. Not every great player is a McDonald's All American!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Look at early in the year box scores Joseph, Perry was missing in action for about 5-6 games. Not until late in the season did we see the player he could be.

Right now Perry and Frank are the two scoring threats we have. If they take away the post, Perry becomes a 3 and Frank and Wayne are driving to the lane to hit free throws or make contested shots. We need help inside big time. Scoring and defense.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

I think he should widen his net, try for the top 20, but get one or two in the top 50-75 to round out your class. We are in a tough position right now there is no doubt.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

What Top 20 player wants to play for a coach who can't handle his business in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and repeatedly gets clowned by MVC schools in the Dance?

William Weissbeck 4 years, 2 months ago

That's a hard nut to crack. Given that Self was himself a guard, it always seems like KU's guards don't play with intensity at critical times. Either pushing the issue on offense or on defense. It makes the whole team appear to play slow and allows the other teams to dictate the pace. The UNI game is the one that stands out. We should always have the athletes that can either operate in half court or run the entire 90 feet. Coach K's former players make the point that no team out conditioned Duke.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm surprised his current players have not transferred out yet.

Tom Jones 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm surprised he hasn't been fired yet.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

Okafor, Jones, and Winslow had absolutely no issues playing for a coach who couldn't even win a single game in the NCAA tournament the year before.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

They were also playing for a gold medal winning coach.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

And a pretty mediocre tournament resume ever since he became the Olympic coach.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

K still has two NCAA titles in the last 10 years. Better than Self. And now Coach K has proven he can win with OAD's which is something that Self has not shown he can do.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

But only one of those titles with the mediocre tournament resume when he recruited Okafor, Jones, and Winslow.

Tyler Capone 4 years, 2 months ago

I think Danny Manning was a huge loss. He really developed our bigs extremely well...had to do what he had to do though

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

I said when Danny left that it was the biggest loss we could have had from a coaching standpoint. I hope he develops into a stellar head coach and comes back home when Self leaves. I think he could hold it down in Lawrence for quite some time and bring some titles along the way.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 2 months ago

I KNOW BRYCE. FIRE BILL SLEF- - - - - RIGHT? - - - - -RIGHT- - - -WAIT FOR IT- - - - -WAIT- - - -SAY IT BRYCE- - --SAY IT FIRE BILL SELF. dam you let me down

Robert Brock 4 years, 2 months ago

Don't fire Bill Self. DO FIRE SNACKS. We need a recruiter.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 2 months ago

I've got Diallo's Twitter page loaded and refreshing often... sounds like he could simply just announce there at some point this week I believe he's the missing piece to this team. Almost a must get at this point

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 2 months ago

Rodney, you are completely right about looking at the box scores early in the year. But I was at the Kentucky game (where nobody played well), and I am a season ticket holder, and went to almost every game, and one of the biggest problems with that box score stat, is when our PG tries to co tell the game, by driving to the basket, instead of playing inside out. I like Frank, but just like the 2nd half of the WAU ha R, he needs to be a distributor, first. But we definitely need help, inside! I am hoping DG comes along really well, this off season.

William Weissbeck 4 years, 2 months ago

Compare Mason and Selden with say Tyus Jones. Granted Jones had maybe more an outside shot that needed to be honored. But what Jones did well was to get the ball high on the glass when he drove to avoid potential blocks. There are some guys that shoot an NBA layup, and those that do it conventionally. I've felt for years that our guys are too often soft at the rim. We don't get enough baskets and ones.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 2 months ago

Tevin Mack could be a great pickup. Originally signed with VCU. 4 star. Top 60 recruit. Shaka wants him at Texas too.

According to his mother, KU is coming after him hard. I would absolutely love to see him in Lawrence.

http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/phil-kornblut/article19796790.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1

Keith Gellar 4 years, 2 months ago

Diallo is a lock! We should be FF bound next tourney.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 2 months ago

Is this your opinion?

Or do you have a source?

I need to know!!!

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

Are you a Kentucky fan posting on the wrong board?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 2 months ago

Didn't you guarantee that Malik Newman would go to Kentucky? How'd that one work out for you?

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

Well I guess we all hope I am wrong on this one too.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm curious what the line is for everybody else. We are quickly approaching my line mine seems to be rather tight compared to most others.

So general question: what events would have to transpire for you all to seriously consider the need for a head coaching change?

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 2 months ago

I think you should drink the coolaid and be done with it.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 2 months ago

Eleven straight big 12 titles, ELEVEN STRAIGHT in one of the toughest conferences to play in and your ignorance has lead you to replacing Bill Self!? I'm telling you to drink the coolaid and listen to your cult leader. That is my answer.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 2 months ago

Thats really alot of slack.

To put in context, this would imply youd be ok with KU finishing outside the top 25 to infinity, as long as they snuck into the tournament as a 7-12 seed indefinitely

Tom Jones 4 years, 2 months ago

Some questions are too silly to answer seriously, sorry.

Glen Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

I think Self has earned the benefit of the doubt unless he has back to back seasons in the bottom half of the Big 12 and no big dance. I just don't see KU telling him to pack his bags. He's brought too much and would probably resign before KU even considered letting him go. He cares about the school and this team and I have faith in him. We are just 3 years removed from a Championship game that we had no business being in and have won 11 straight Big 12 titles. Who are we going to go get that is better?? Coach K ain't leaving Duke. Izzo would only leave MSU for the pros. Calipari ain't going anywhere. Pitino is staying at Louisville and is getting up there in age. If you elt go of Self you better bring in one of those guys and it's not going to happen.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 2 months ago

Interesting,

I still think that is alot of slack. making the tournament just seems like a very low bar for a program that is historically considered elite.

I agree with your point that there arent any obvious replacements out there right now. But at some points its got to become worth it to roll the dice on an unknown then stick with a known underachiever(not that self qualifies as a consistent underachiever....yet)

Allison Steen 4 years, 2 months ago

One bad season doesn't get a solid (HOFer) coach fired. Example, Calipari, the dude you want to replace Self so badly.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

I bet Diallo makes his announcement today shortly after Mulder picks Kentucky.

Chad Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

in terms of choosing Diallo versus Brown, I'd want Diallo. We need another good post defender. Lucas and Hunter have improved. But we need a skywalker and athletic inside presence. We really don't have that on our roster. Perry is great, but in order for him to be great in our offensive system, we need another post player who can draw defenses in. Perry one on one is super, but he needs to get those matchups first without being doubled and tripled. I think Bragg will help Perry a lot, but adding one more piece for teams to think about would greatly increase our offensive threat and capability as well as improve our defensive structure. I'd love to have Jaylen Brown too, but not as much as Diallo. With Greene, Svi and Selden already occupying wing spots along with Mason and Graham holding down Guard Duties, it's hard to see Brown getting a great deal of playing time. But if we had him come off the bench and rip through teams for about 10-12 points every game we would be a Championship Contender.

Kendall Harris 4 years, 2 months ago

Brown probably doesn't commit to KU without being given the figurative keys to the kingdom at either the 2 or the 3. Too many schools have a spot waiting for him. IF he committed to KU, I think he'd play ahead of Greene and is potentially more talented than Selden, but here's what we know: 1. HCBS often gives veterans like Selden the benefit of the doubt. Especially at the beginning of the season. 2. HCBS WILL go to the 2 PG line-up at times next year if we can't handle ball pressure, meaning Wayne, Svi and Brannen will all be vying for that 3 spot when Devonte and Frank are both playing together.

Here's what we THINK we know: 3. Svi is going to make leaps and bounds and could easily be a better player than Jaylen Brown next year. Not to mention, he knows Bill's system. 4. Perry Ellis will want to play more SF after receiving feedback from NBA scouts, occupying even more minutes at the 3 spot. 5. Perry playing more at the 3 spot would be made possible with a Cheick Diallo commitment! Imagine the length of a "midway through first half" lineup consisting of Devonte, Svi, Perry, Carlton and Cheick. Fun stuff.

Come join the Rock Chalk family, Cheick!

Adam Tyler 4 years, 2 months ago

Sterling Gibbs just received his release from Seton Hall

Arguably the top transfer who is immediately available. He is a 6'2 guard.

Started career at Texas, spent last two years at Seton Hall where he averaged over 16 ppg and shot over 40% from three.

No word on the schools recruiting him, but the big names will start lining up very soon.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 2 months ago

I like this... yesterday it had St Johns at 30% or so... right behind us. Looks like something caused some separation (hopefully)

Adam Tyler 4 years, 2 months ago

Diallllllllloooo

Eat crow anybody who doubted Self

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 2 months ago

DIALLO TO KU!!! ... now Ben, Rodney, and Bryce, have faith in Self! Thank you ... In other news: ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

John I reserve the right to maintain my opinion thanks.

This is great news.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Diallo has committed to Kansas! That could end up being huge because that could mean Brown and Zimmerman are also coming! This is a BIG DEAL!

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 2 months ago

Rock Chalk Diallo! I had my doubts about him picking KU. This addition is an important piece to KU making a deep run. Hopefully Diallo turns out to be a better college player than Alexander.

Allison Steen 4 years, 2 months ago

Time to fire Self, right guys?! Man, what a great get. Goes to show you that you can't judge the recruiting of our coaches until RECRUITING IS OVER! Rock Chalk!

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 2 months ago

Diallo is the guy I've wanted KU to get since I watched him in the McD practice, then the game...he's looked great every time I've seen him play since then. So glad he made the right choice!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 2 months ago

Nice! Let's add a Big and see what we can do next season!

Welcome Mr. Diallo.

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