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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cheick Diallo announces decision to play at KU

East forward Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American in Centereach, NY., holds the MVP trophy after East defeated West 111-91 in the McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

East forward Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American in Centereach, NY., holds the MVP trophy after East defeated West 111-91 in the McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, has committed to play basketball at Kansas University.

Diallo, who is ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals.com, made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m Kansas Jayhawks bound,” Diallo tweeted. “Thank you all for the support.”

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

"I felt like Kansas was the best place for me," Diallo told ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi. "I can earn playing time right away. I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development. I need to work on a lot of things and feel coach (Bill) Self can help my game. On my visit, the campus was great and the people were nice. I could see myself there."

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.

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Comments

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

How does he pronounce his first name?

Scott MacWilliams 4 years, 9 months ago

I think correct pronunciation is: Shek Jah-loe. Welcome to Jayhawk Nation Mr. Diallo!!!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 9 months ago

Holly cow! Welcome!! No hats or anything... I love this kid!

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Michigan bound most likely. He wants to play in front of family and his mom's side of the family is from Michigan.

Dee Shaw 4 years, 9 months ago

Yeah and Diallo was leaning towards St. Johns so he could be close to home and family! NOT.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, but Chris Mullen is a great guy, with NBA ties, and he had me scared.

Kyle Sybesma 4 years, 9 months ago

Sorry Dee, Aaron is right. It's not looking good for us to land Brown. I thought for sure he was KU bound.

http://247sports.com/PlayerInstitution/Jaylen-Brown-at-Wheeler-31716/CurrentExpertPredictions

John Randall 4 years, 9 months ago

KU isn't that much farther from Mali than St. John's, relatively speaking ...

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

St. John's was rumored to be running a distant 3rd for several weeks now and that it had been down to KU and Kentucky the past few weeks.

Severeno Woods 4 years, 9 months ago

Accueil à l'université du Kansas Cheick Diallo. Vous avez pris une grande décision pour commencer votre carrière de basket-ball chez le Kansas.

Michael Bennett 4 years, 9 months ago

This is huge, even if he's only in college for a year. His skillset looks different and very complementary to that of Perry's and Bragg's.

Ben Kane 4 years, 9 months ago

Geez, I guess thy sky isn't falling yet and we will have to keep Self around another year. (Sarcasm)

Len Shaffer 4 years, 9 months ago

Awesome post, Ben! Where are all the naysayers now?

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Just listened to "Oh Happy Day" on repeat.

Michael Bennett 4 years, 9 months ago

Just like that, only a scoring wing away from a great recruiting haul for the year.

Linda Urish 4 years, 9 months ago

He looks good in that Jayhawk uniform. Welcome to Jayhawk Country!

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

and rockin' wilt chamberlain's number to boot.

Diallo means "bold." I'd say so! Liking it!

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 9 months ago

I love this move for a big man... being able to run the floor is such a plus https://youtu.be/YmCAecXcyhQ?t=45

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 9 months ago

I think it's from that game where he has a block on one end, scores in transition, then strips the ball from a guard back on the other end. Kid has a MOTOR!!!

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Diallo is probably the best we could get because he fills a need better than anyone out there. Id go after the 7' Greek kid anyway. Make it an international flavor (with Svi).

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

The Greek kid is a good development project. He's probably a 4 year player who would likely be a garbage time player this year, could be a rotation guy next year (chance he's still a garbage time player then), and slide in the starting line up/rotation after Lucas graduates in 2017.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Probably true. And probably worth any effort invested in him. We need to be recruiting role players as well. We have a couple of schollies left. Height never hurts. Height with potential is just what the doctor ordered.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm absolutely hoping KU ends up with him because he is a quality project. The obvious risk with a kid like this is that if he feels he's developing quicker than expected and not getting the minutes, he can head back to Europe like that Greek kid at Texas did a couple of years ago. That will always be the risk of recruiting European kids, but this is a case where the reward definitely outweighs the risk and this kid would be a good 3rd or 4th addition to a class.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes. We need the remaining scholarships for backup ballhandlers and role players that can contribute two years out. Of course, there's a reserved place for Jaylen Brown

Jesse Johnson 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I like the idea of investing the remainder of our schollies on 3-4 year prospects like the 7' Greek kid. We are pretty set for rotation players this upcoming year.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Agree Joe we are far from done. A big is critical right now.

Kendall Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

Serious question. What big do you see still out there that is critical to our team next year?

Our big rotation has six players as-is now thanks to the masterful recruiting of one Bill Self. So just like Frankamp saw the writing on the wall when there were 7 guys competing for 6 guard spots last year, are you expecting someone to transfer? Because we now have 6 guys (Jamari, Perry, Carlton, Hunter, Landon, Cheick) competing for TWO spots, including a nice blend of length, skill, athleticism, experience and motor.

And please don't say Thon Maker. He may be 7 feet tall but he makes Brandon Ingram look jacked, has no interest in playing more than one semester of college ball and sees himself as a 7 foot SF (shooting forward or stick figure, your choice) Any project player is not going to play ahead of the 6 guys we have, so what exactly is so critical about getting a 7th big man?

Kendall Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

If you're wanting a project big to ride pine in 2015-2016 and replace the absence of Perry/Jamari/Hunter/(probably)Cheick after next season, that's fine, but your comments make it seem as if our team is still not yet in a good position for next season. It's just unclear what exactly you're asking for.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

Is this where we come to complain about how Self sucks and is going to whiff on all the elite talent?

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Don't remember the Self sucks stuff but yes this is where I come to talk about our team.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

To he fair, I don't ever remember RC saying Self sucks and needs to be fired, that was two other posters who have either said that or agreed with the sentiment.

David McNickle 4 years, 9 months ago

Wonder if those commenting on the Ingram news yesterday and this morning want a do over. Guess we don't have to drop basketball or hire a new head coach.

Tom Keegan 4 years, 9 months ago

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner for comment of the week.

David McNickle 4 years, 9 months ago

I live in Dallas and always come to LJ World to get some insight on how the Hawks are looking/doing recruiting wise. I never comment but get a little tired of the "apocolypse" fans still thinking everything should be wrapped up by the end of the season recruiting wise. It's a different game with the OAD's now. Didn't know there was a comment of the week. I humbly accept.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Funny how Ben, Rodney, and Bryce have yet to comment!

Eat crow fellas.

Rock chalk Jayhawk! Big time signing!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

I had a day job and don't have time to refresh my internet browser every five seconds to find out who signs with who.

And just because Self pulled off a recruiting coup in landing Diallo doesn't translate into 2016 NCAA champions. Self has to (A) get his guys to start playing defense again; his last two teams didn't know the meaning of the word. And (B) he's gotta get past the first weekend of the Tournament and stop losing to MVC schools. I'm sick of being the butt of Rock Choke jokes because we can't handle our business when the stakes are highest. If Self can do both of those things, my confidence in him will be restored; but as of right now, the fact that we have lost 19 games in two years, can't defend against a wet paper bag, lost 3 of the last 4 meetings with Iowa State, suffered a 32-point smackdown against Kentucky, and got clowned hard by "little brother" Wichita State in the Round of 32 still has me wishing someone else was coaching this program.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 9 months ago

I get it Bryce. His teams have not performed as well as we hoped. Could not find a single Jayhawk fan on the planet that is okay with the last two seasons but his record both regular season and tournament is amongst the best of all college coaches during his time at KU and you want him fired after two “bad” seasons. Firing him would not only make us the laughingstock of college basketball it would be an act of colossal stupidity. No decent coach in his right mind would come here with standards that are impossibly high. That being said, who are your candidates to replace him?

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Why wait until two mediocre seasons turns into seven mediocre seasons like at Texas? As for who I'd rather have coaching the Jayhawks, I'd rather have WSU's Gregg Marshall or Virginia's Tony Bennett.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Ladies and Gentlemen the trifecta is complete!

Three quick questions...

Would you have fired Calipari for missing the tournament a couple years ago?

Would you have fired Coach K for getting popped in the first round two straight seasons?

How about Billy Donovan at Florida? He's missed 3 of the last 8 tourneys completely.

No. Because that would be irrational. Just like firing a coach who has won 11 straight conference championships and led the program to its first NCAA title in 20 years.

But keep posting. Have your opinion. Just understand that it's asinine.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 9 months ago

1 + 1 = 7 years?

Gregg Marshall was a one seed and lost in the second round and after beating us lost in the third round. Tony Bennett lost in the second round last year and in the third round the year before. By your logic both of these coaches are dangerously close to consecutive mediocre seasons. Are you sure you want to hire them?

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Don't use logic or facts.

They get in the way of his theories.

Tanner Myers 4 years, 9 months ago

Bryce, why all the negativity? KU, over the last two seasons, has been one of the top three recruiters in all of college basketball, contributed two of the top three picks in last year's draft and is poised to contribute two additional first rounders this year, and won two Big 12 titles outright. And yes, that did not translate into NCAA Tournament success, but you ought to at least acknowledge that the Jayhawks of the last two years haven't exactly entered the postseason at their strongest. Each time they were without their rim-protecting and rebounding big man (due to injuries or questions of eligibility) and had other players injured, not to mention the overall youth of the two squads. I get that Self has had his share of upsets during his tenure at KU, but to call for his job? I don't think so. You can't possibly think that he's the only coach at an elite program that has had fumbles in the postseason? John Calipari lost in the first round of the NIT all but two seasons ago, Coach K lost in the first round not once, but TWICE over the last four years, and Billy Donovan's team didn't make the NCAA's or the NIT this year. About the only coaches you can't criticize for their work in the NCAA's are Pitino and Izzo, both of which due not recruit at the level at which Self has over the last several years. College bball's bluebloods must rely upon the likes of one and done players; that's just the way things are right now. It doesn't always end well, but considering Self's body of work, it's bound to soon. Maybe this year, with the combination of upperclassmen and stud freshmen

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

It's the Wichita State game that has me pissed the most. Of all the opponents to get routed by in the Round of 32, why did it have to be them for God's sake? A team that Self is too arrogant to play in the regular season. A team that we should be playing every year instead of a Rider or Central Arkansas or Alvamar Tech or whatever. When we lost to WSU, we lost more than a basketball game; we lost our credibility as a program, and Self lost his credibility as a coach and representative of the program.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

In other words, you're pissed that Self has put YOU in the position to deal with trash talking friends, relatives, coworkers, etc... got it.

Greg Lux 4 years, 9 months ago

Missouri needs fans you could fit right in over there. Nothing is ever good enough to please you. Maybe you should just not refresh at all for awhile and enjoy your day.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

LOL, selective memory anyone???

I do not recall saying we need to drop basketball or hire a new coach. Talk about over reacting.

This is nice but come on, seriously you think how we have put our class together this year was great, or even good? We still have two open scholarships and need a BIG man to protect the rim to right our ship.

This is great news, which I had hoped for, but this is not a see I told you so... This is a lucky, thank you baby Jesus piece of Great News.

Take a breath with all your giddy emotion. What a typical reaction. See See I told you we would be fine. We are a ways from fine. A lot closer now than this morning but we are still aways from fine.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Did anyone specifically say or even imply that you were the one making a comment like that. Do you pay any attention to any comments not perceived tobe involving you? Ben and Bryce are the two specific being referred to here because they are the only ones who have said firing Self is a good idea.

Cheick Diallo is widely considered to be one of the 2 or 3 best rim protectors in this class so yes, KU did fill that need with this signing. Diallo has also been KU's top recruiting target for several months now because of his skill set.

Two final questions for you, how many players does Bill Self typically play in his rotation? And how many players does KU currently have on scholarship?

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Exactly - anything beyond the first 8 are insurance policies against injuries, or players who still need development. The last thing I want to see is players disgruntled over playing time and talk of potential transfers. The second to last thing would be 2 NBA platoons a la KY. I just like college ball to look like college ball.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Sorry Aaron hard to take you seriously some times.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Afraid to answer the question? It's understandable when the answer makes your view point look bad. Have a nice evening.

David McNickle 4 years, 9 months ago

Rodney- Not giddy emotion. Glad the coaching staff landed Diallo. Of the recruits KU was targeting, Diallo had to be a Top 5. If they land Brown, which will land them a Top 5 recruiting class(already @ 13 in ESPN), will you consider that a great recruiting class? Or still consider it a failure because there isn't a 7 footer in the class? Guess we could go back to late 90's and early 2000's with a Williams' McDonald's AA loaded squad and one NC game appearance.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

Now it's not about the class...it's about how it was put together. LOL

Two HS All American bigs isn't enough. We still need a BIG. LOL

Just keep digging your hole deeper, my man....ah, the comedy that is Rodney. IIt's the gift that keeps on giving...

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

The Ben and Rodney Show is the best!

If only Bryce could make a guest appearance too!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Tom if you were a fan, you would have noticed Self said that too....

Typical Tom comment wrong and condescending. Old record Tom.

David Lara 4 years, 9 months ago

Point out where self said we are a sinking ship without another big. It's not just what you say, its how you color the "desperation." Self doesn't feel that way, and there is nowhere you can quote him that he does. Who's the fan here?

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

The trouble with the internet, RC, is that when you make a ridiculous statement, you will likely be called out for it. If you don't want condescending (your word) posts directed at you, step your game up.

You can do it, buddy. You've got potential.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Best attributes Diallo has is that he's not flashy and not a guaranteed OAD. There was no hype around his announcement, just his decision with minimal heads up it was coming. He's also still raw enough in his development that there's still a good chance of him being around for 2 years. If he does develop rapidly enough that he becomes OAD like Joel did, the 2016 class is pretty loaded and KU's in on a lot of people early.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 9 months ago

Funny how the recruiting outlook changes when fans don't judge it prematurely

Louis Kelso 4 years, 9 months ago

Great news!! Rock Chalk! I don't post a lot, but I read all the comments from every article and I've always been a glass half full KU fan since 1988 and I am very happy for some good news on the recruiting front! I can't wait to see Diallo in action next season...

Dee Shaw 4 years, 9 months ago

Nice. Good job Coach Self and your staff getting this done. Next, Jaylen Brown.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 9 months ago

Now let's get Kentucky in the Fieldhouse! When does the Big 12/ Sec challenge schedule get finalized?

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

HUH, guess we don't fire Coach self afterall isn't that right BRYCE lol. HUGE get, doing my happy dance, feel like this helps us with Brown come on down Jaylen Brown but if not still very happy, we HAD to ge that rebounder rim protector, kid has HUGE moter love this kid, said before and will say again if not the best big man then one of the top two, much much better then Zimmerman that some wanted, said before and will say again Zimmerman WAY TO SOFT wants to play away from the basket , we don't need that we got exactly what w needed. who is it that say Self can't recruit? 247 analyst Meyer says KU is the best at least for the last 10 years for developing big men and putting them in the NBA says KU has put more big men in the NBA then anyone ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

So Self can recruit. Doesn't mean he can get his guys to play defense or handle his business in the Round of 32.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Except for 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Ignore the facts. They disprove your theories.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

2013 was awhile ago; what has he done since then?

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

Glad Duke didn't fire Coach K for back to back Round of 64 losses. Sorry to hear about your ADD.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

And you glossed over the fact that our defense has gone from Top 10 nationally to middle of the pack at best and god-awful at worst. Our opponents now regularly shoot 50% against us and have done so the past two years.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Ken Pomeroy disagrees...

2015- 10th overall in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency

2014- 31st overall in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency

Considering there are over 350 Division 1 schools, I would say that is neither middle of the pack or god-awful.

But dont let those stats and facts get in the way of your argument.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

You are aware that Kansas did not allow an opponent to shoot 50% or better over their last NINETEEN GAMES, right? Or that just TWO TEAMS shot 50% or better against Kansas ALL YEAR?!? And the previous season a grand total of THREE teams shot 50% or better against KU. So by "regularly" you actually meant 5 times in 71 games, correct?

Don't let facts stand in the way of a good rant, though. I agree our defense has been less than stellar the last two seasons thanks to a ton of youth on the floor but don't get carried away.

Andrew Holmes 4 years, 9 months ago

I know Diallo and Svi can't play at the WUG but can they practice and play in the two games with Canada?

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 9 months ago

I've been asking that question on this site for about a month now. Still no idea.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

I would assume in theory they could, but I doubt either will because those games are specifically to get ready for the WUG tournament and Canada is bringing their WUG team for those games.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 9 months ago

I haven't read any of the comments above but im sure that there are a bunch of people that want to use this event as some how evidence that any concern about KUs coaching was unbased

Im am very happy this commit accrued but it doesnt change the fact that in a year when the program had 4 scholarships available it was only able to secure 2 recruits.

I welcome Diallo and hope he does well but his signing doesnt change the fact that the entire recruiting class for this year came down to ONE prospects decisions.

Self and Staff just got really lucky. Doesnt change the fact that their recruiting strategy was poor.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Lol.

I love you so much. You make me smile every day.

Michael Bennett 4 years, 9 months ago

They recruited Diallo heavily, it's not their fault he took so long to commit. Plus there are still a few really good players and transfers available the staff is looking to sign. This will end up being a good recruiting haul for the year.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if fans that judge recruiting classes prematurely are more likely to judge head coaches prematurely

Dan Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if Bens problem is that he does "everything" prematurely?

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

Lol come on man, are you kidding me?! Give it a rest. You can't even be happy when you get what you want. So sad.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

What we want more than prize recruits or Big 12 titles is another trip to the Final Four and another national title. How can we call ourselves a blueblood program when we only have three national titles compared to Duke's five, North Carolina's five, Indiana's five, Kentucky's eight or UCLA's eleven? And how can we call ourselves a blueblood when it's taken us 63 years to win those three titles? Set aside Kentucky and UCLA for a moment; Duke has won its five titles in less than a quarter century. North Carolina won its titles in 42 years. Indiana won it's titles in 47 years.

Tanner Myers 4 years, 9 months ago

You shouldn't have a problem with Self if you're most upset by KU's lack of national championships. Perhaps you should be angry at Ted Owens who kept the program entrenched in mediocrity throughout the seventies, or maybe you should be mad at Larry Brown for going to the NBA, or Roy Williams who didn't win a title in 14 NCAA-eligible years, or maybe you should be upset with the University itself for imposing retirement upon Phog Allen as soon as Wilt Chamberlain became eligible to play. But you most definitely shouldn't be angry at Bill Self, a man with as many rings as Tom Izzo and John Calipari

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Please research when the last time Indiana won a title. You might be surprised.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

I know full well that Indiana last won a national title in 1987. But IU won its fifth title before we won our second; and as I said, it only took them 47 years to win five national titles; whereas it's taken us 63 years to rack up three.

(And no, those mythical Helms titles from the Harding Administration don't count.)

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

How about instead of firing Self we trade you to the Kentucky fan base. Anyone else agree?

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

How about instead of questioning his fandom (and mine) you acknowledge that the program is wallowing in mediocrity and hold the head coach's feet to the fire for it.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm sorry if my intellect is incapable of lowering to your level of ignorance. You're asking to fire a guy that is statisically one of the best coaches in college basketball. And for that, I wouldn't trust your credibility over a Dodo Bird.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Too proud to acknowledge that I am right about the program's two-year spell of mediocrity, so you resort to insults. I think it's pretty clear who has intellect and who's the ignorant one.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

It is extremely clear who is ignorant Bryce!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Neither you nor JFK have refuted my claim that the program has been mediocre the past two seasons; nor have you refuted my claim that the head coach should be called to account for his failures during those two seasons.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Elvis and Tupac are dead too

In case you missed it....

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

Bill Self has won 352 games in 12 years as the University of Kansas Coach and has only lost 78. That's an 81.9% winning percentage which is higher than Coach K, who is considered the best coach in college basketball. Bill Self has also won 11 straight Big 12 regular season titles. Coach K has won 12 regular season titles in 34 years at Duke. Self has managed to only lose 9 games at Allen Fieldhouse. He's won more Big 12 regular season titles than home games he's lost. He's also won six Big 12 tournament titles while being named Coach of the year in the Big 12 six times, one of those being as recent as 2015. He's been to the final four 2 times, winning the national championship in 2008. Finally, he's been to the NCAA tournament every year he's coached at KU. Statistically, Self is one of the best coaches in college basketball. He's on pace to have more wins than Coach K and is a recruiting genius.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

Go ahead and throw the past two seasons at me. I'll throw Coach K's previous two seasons before winning the championship this year. He lost twice in a row in the First Round. Disputing the facts will only morph your ignorance into incurable stupidity.

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

"wallowing in mediocrity".

You read it here folks. 2nd in all time wins in all of college basketball is wallowing in mediocrity according to Bryce Landon.

He would also say that the Chiefs were the "greatest NFL team of the 1990's", when they didn't even go to a Super Bowl, and that the Raiders, who have gone to five Super Bowls, and won three of them since the Chiefs have went to their last one is the "worst NFL organization".

You see, to ignore the number of Final Fours, Championship games, Elite 8s, in the past 23 to 25 seasons(I'm not even counting 1988) and call that mediocrity... I have no words for that.

Glen Miller 4 years, 9 months ago

Why don't you stick a pipe in it for one day. Let us enjoy this one man.

Alan Dickey 4 years, 9 months ago

Quality is far more important than quantity for next year. We aren't landing a large number of recruits because we return nine of the ten players who made significant contributions during our final 8 games. Of those 9, 3 will be seniors and 4 will be juniors. We will have the most experienced team we have had probably since 2007-08. We were ranked #17 after the 2015 tourney by the Coaches and 14th by KenPom's computer. And we return everyone except for Oubre. And we land the 5th and 21st ranked HS players at positions where we need the most help. And hopefully Ellis and Greene will be healthy unlike at the end of last year. And we get to play/practice during the summer. And we get to play half of our games in AFH.

This looks really good to me:

FRONT COURT

Perry Ellis / Sr. / 6-8 / 220 (Rivals #24)

Cheick Diallo / Fr. / 6-9 / 225 (Rivals #5)

Landen Lucas / RS-Jr. / 6-10 / 240

Jamari Traylor / RS-Sr. / 6-8 / 220

Hunter Mickelson / RS-Sr. / 6-10 / 245 (Rivals #100)

Carlton Bragg / Fr. / 6-9 / 225 (Rivals #21)

WING

Brannen Greene / Jr. / 6-7 / 200 (Rivals #29)

WING/GUARD

Wayne Selden / Jr. / 6-5 / 225 (Rivals #12)

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk / So. / 6-6 / 175 (Rivals #25+--i.e., 5-Star)

GUARDS

Frank Mason / Jr. / 5-11 / 160 (Rivals #76)

Devonte Graham / So. / 6-2 / 170 (Rivals #36)

Also, note to author: Diallo is not "ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals.com." He is ranked No. 5.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 9 months ago

I think the lineup will look a little different, with Ellis playing the 3.:

Ctr: Cheick Diallo, Landen Lucas, Hunter Mickelson
PF: Carlton Bragg, Jamari Traylor
SF: Perry Ellis, Brannen Greene
SG: Selden, Mykhailuk
PG: Mason, Graham

We will mainly play 8 players with Graham, Lucas, Mickelson being 9,10, and 11 off the bench.

Alan Dickey 4 years, 9 months ago

You may be right, but every speculation over the years that one of our good-shooting PFs is going to start playing the 3 has never panned out. Maybe Ellis is the exception. I think Graham will get more PT than Traylor.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

South Korea will be the only time we see Perry Ellis play the 3. And that's only because Svi isn't eligible to play and Brannen Greene won't be cleared to play yet. If KU ends up stealing Jaylen Brown from Michigan or another wing, Perry doesn't play at the 3 in Korea.

Greg Lux 4 years, 9 months ago

Wow so much negative energy on such a good recruiting day. You seem to forget HCBS only plays 8 at the most 9 players on any given night. We have Diallo, Bragg, Traylor, Ellis, Lucas, Greene, Seldon, Mason, Graham, Mykhailuk and Mickelson. That is 11 players who have potential to play. Given HCBS's normal rotation two players are not likely to play much. and you are all worried? Please everyone lighten up on the drama and enjoy one of the top if not the top teams in America as it sits right now.

Matt Woolley 4 years, 9 months ago

BEN SIMONETT FOR HEAD COACH. SCRATCH THAT. PRESIDENT AND HEAD COACH. He can handle both jobs as he makes it clear that he is the smartest person on this website!! We could even still use the HCBS acronym. Its settled. Ill line up the press conference for tomorrow. I will expect us to have Brown by the end of the week.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Ben I agree 100%. Getting Diallo is great but this should be our last recruit not leave 2 more spots to fill.

The emotion is "thank you baby Jesus", not "see everything is fine any doubters were overacting". Sorry but if you think everything is fine you are not being honest with yourself. Ben you are right we were lucky. That is all.

Matt Woolley 4 years, 9 months ago

Holy ballsack. What will it take for you two to quit with this crap? Literally I want to know. What are your expectations for Kansas basketball? I want you to fully explain it please. Maybe I can then understand. But everyone has had enough of you guys doubting the program. Jayhawk fans are supposed to be proud and supportive. If Bill starts putting out teams that aren't successful, and we can no longer do that, then your comments are welcome. Until that point, either shut up, go start being a Mizzou fan, or enjoy being proud of our team like the majority here. Thank you.

Oh and I was serious. Please explain your expectations for the program.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

To have the top available recruits signed before Late Night without knowing who's staying and going at that point.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Over reaching again Aaron.

Take a breath, he is a great player but you need to slow down a little.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

If you could please provide the link for your rules to post on here it would be appreciated. If you do not control this site then I get an opinion just like everyone else. Sorry if that is not to your liking. You can always skip my post if it causes you to act immature on here. I do not appreciate being told to shut up.

I dislike Missouri as much as the next person on here so you are wrong about that too. Can someone tell you how to feel about our team Matt? Did not think so. What in the world makes you think can you tell me what my opinion should be then? Works both ways...

I expect our team to be competitive in recruiting, on the floor, in the classroom, in the B12, and in the NCAA tournament. I praise them when they do well, I root for them in every game, and I criticize them when they do not play up to their potential. It is called an opinion. You don't have to agree with me. As long as I am respectful on here I get to have it though. This is not a Cheerleading site for our team, it is news site. So I will not be leaving.

We still have work to do this season with recruiting, we need a BIG and a SG. We should not be this late in the process needing to fill 50% of our class still. 16% (2 players) of our team is still unknown for next season.

We still need help with outside scoring, rim protection and defense. The two players we have are as good or better replacements for the two players we lost. This is great news but we still have a lot of work to do to get ready for next season.

If you think we are set, well we disagree on that point. But I would never suggest you shut up just because I think you are way off base on that assessment. Now that is just my opinion you can always disagree.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

You are right, everyone gets an opinion.

The overwhelming opinion on this site is that you were wrong.

Accept it.

YOU. WERE. WRONG. LIFE. GOES. ON.

Matt Woolley 4 years, 9 months ago

Yep Rodney you are so mature on here. Most mature and respectful person to have ever posted. (Oh next post is some classic defense mechanism because I made a joke) And if I was questioning our recruiting strategy, our head coach, and our program after winning 11 championships in a row, and being to 2 NC in that span and NEVER missing an NCAA tournament, then yes I would be ok with someone smacking me across the face just to knock some damn sense into me.

And you're also clearly a mathematician. Those percents were extremely difficult to calculate and were so relevant...... (Another classic defense mechanism) We don't need to fill all scholarships every year. We just won the big 12 while having 2 open ones. AND OMG WE ARE ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO BE BETTER THIS SEASON. CRAZY. We don't need another SG. We have plenty at the position. Selden, while he might not be the scoring threat we all had hoped, plays tremendous defense. Devonte is going to get a lot of minutes at that spot. And we can even Have Svi play minutes there. While another guard would be nice, it isn't a necessity at all. And while a 7-footer would be nice, they don't just grow on trees. And we don't want some 7-footer just to have one.

Since you apparently think it is so easy to recruit, and are just an expert at recruiting strategies, please provide a list of 5 SG and 5 7-footers that will be ok with sitting on the bench for 2 years, but also would be worth having on the team.

AND did you think, maybe a strategy is to actually have open scholarships to avoid what would look to be competition for the 2016 recruiting class? Because, we are going to need a huge haul in that class, and having clear available minutes could be attractive to the top prospects. Just a thought. I know if I was a top 25 recruit and saw that I had no one in front of me to play at a blue blood program I would be there in a heart beat.

And just to make it clear. You aren't some super respectful poster. You think you are, but you come on here and comment just to get your fix of drama like you're a 12 year old. So don't go calling other people immature when you aren't so mature yourself.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

I'll tell you what it'll take to get us to quit with this so-called "crap": (A) Jayhawks need to start holding opponents under 40% shooting like they did when Danny Manning was on the staff. (B) Kansas needs to not blow big leads on a regular basis. (C) Kansas needs to figure out how to extend their season past the first weekend of the Tournament and stop losing to lower seeds on a regular basis. (D) Winning a Big 12 title should not be good enough. The standards need to be higher.

Shane Johnston 4 years, 9 months ago

"Getting Diallo is great but this should be our last recruit not leave 2 more spots to fill"

To be clear, you're criticizing the ORDER that recruits commit to the program?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, the highest ranked players have to sign first, over the summer and risk signing with a team that will not lose a player they are projected to lose. Then the low 5 star and all of the 4 star kids sign before teams open practice, then the 3 star and unranked kids sign before the season is over to fill in the depth charts before everyone has declared or decide to return. Then transfers are only to be used to fill in for who unexpectedly leaves.

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 9 months ago

How exactly do you suggest we get kids to commit early when these kids LOVE signing late so they can get their name out there more, see who is leaving, and figure out what situation will be best for them? We have absolutely 0% control over WHEN they commit to any team. They are on their own schedule unless the NCAA creates rules that require highly ranked recruits to sign by Dec 1 and 4 star guys by Jan 1 and 3 star guys by Feb 1 or something like that (which will never happen).

In other words, you might as well be asking for unicorns to start visiting your back yard whenever you whistle for them because that "hope" is no more absurd than the "hope" that all the top 20 recruits commit before Late Night.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Hi Shane. Sorry, my point is why does it have to come down to the wire all the time? No other top school had to wait till today to get their 2nd recruit. We still have two more openings. Most off the top 100 was gone before the April signing period. Why is KU the only one with one recruit?

Don't you just love Aaron's cute comments like below, he can be so clever sometimes? He is usually wrong when he does that but he is so cute when he tries to be funny. Oh well ...

Bill Kackley 4 years, 9 months ago

Ben Simonett, why do you keep embarrassing your self with your lack of knowledge about the qualifications of a great coach.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

Ben has really stepped up his game lately.

He may have taken over the top spot from Rodney with a late push.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Shout Louder Tom you ridicule is fading..........

Alex Resnik 4 years, 9 months ago

something just hit me on the head... just drywall. No worries Bryce, the sky really isn't falling

David Lara 4 years, 9 months ago

It seems to me that self "gets lucky" frequently. Just about every year, in fact. I wonder if there could be any "logical" reasons for that. Care to toss a few if-then "premises" our way?

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

What a dope. You do realize we also signed a Top 20 recruit AND have two more scholarships left, right? Maybe you can save your doom and gloom. YOu just look stupid doing it right now.

Vernon Riggs 4 years, 9 months ago

Where is the FIRE BILL SELF dude today?

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

trying to remember how to post not using the screaming font.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Above and below you. And what are you going to do about it?

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, we got one hanging around, unfortunately. And I am not surprised.

William Weissbeck 4 years, 9 months ago

The sky is blue again. Oh by the way, no one mentioned whether Jo-Jo could have helped with recruiting. Similar backgrounds from West Africa. But is that even permitted by the NCAA to have NBA players communicate?

John Randall 4 years, 9 months ago

Who's the NBA player you mention? I must have missed reading all the NBA stats he's been racking up while KU staff was out recruiting!

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Snarky.

Better to chastise Joel for some lame and immature tweets, than for his involuntary lack of production on the court this year.

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 9 months ago

He was drafted by and is under contract with an NBA team. That means he's an NBA player, even if he's never seen the floor because of injury.

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

This is a great example of why we should never judge Bill Self's recruiting until recruiting is over. Which means, BEN SIMONETT, we still shouldn't, considering it still isn't over. Go jayhawks! Excited that next year will be my first as a season ticket holder post college.

Jaston Archie 4 years, 9 months ago

Now that's what I'm talking about. Malik Newman? Ball hog. Stephen Zimmerman? UNLV, LMAO. Brandon Ingram? Too fragile. Cheick Diallo? McDonalds and Nike MVP, tough, resilient, perfect KU player. Welcome to The Kansas University! RCJH baby!

Glen Miller 4 years, 9 months ago

Ingram would have been an excellent get...... don't be a hater, just be happy we got the guy we needed most.

Jaston Archie 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm not hating, Ingram is a good player, but he would struggle in Self's system with his frailty, especially being a one and doner.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 9 months ago

The Kansas Jayhawks are now back in the 2015-2016 National Championship discussion and have a much improved chance to defend our Big 12 Title...again.

NEVER count out a guy as competitive as Kansas Coach Bill Self. From the very start of this recruiting cycle, Diallo was the top guy on Self's list. Although Diallo is not the top ranked player, you can make an argument he is Self's biggest recruit based upon the team needs. I love the idea we went head to head with KY for a key player...and won.

Somewhat like Wiggins, you have to love the way Diallo handled his recruiting. Diallo did a one up with his understated but powerful announcement via social media. The word spread rapidly last Sunday, April 19 that Diallo would commit to Kansas but wanted a few days to reflect upon his decision. Shortly after that leaked, the Brown combo thing blew up all over again, along with the old Diallo/Brown/Bragg package discussion. Then things went silent for a week.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

If Brown comes here too, that would be something. I hope you are right on that.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

I nominate you Erich because you're font size is not nearly big enough to get your point across.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

Adam- - - Vernon - - -Bryce is busy moving into his NEW HOME in MANHATTAN got a meeting coach Weber as a recruiting assistant lmao. OMG we have just 2- - -just 2 commits BAD YEAR, just really lucky- - -REALLY are you SERIOUS? so your telling me Coach Self is checking it in for this recruiting season? UH maybe not, don't be surprised ifwe don't get our shooting guard I kinda think we might just end up with Tyrone- Outlaw but either way this is a sweet class, with the experience we got coming back and these 2 hell ya. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY. BRYCE new chant FIRE COACH WEBER, FIRE COACH WEBER

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 9 months ago

+1. It really is comical. We finally arrive at an upperclassmen team, and have added 2 McDs on top of that. We will dust Weber-downdraft at KSuck by 40+, hopefully in their Sherrontagon-O-gloom (aka Tyshawntagon or Elijahgon) in addition to in AFH.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

RussRobtagon, Collisontagon, the-list-goes-ontagon.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Nope, I only just heard the news. I know this may come as a shock to you, but I have a day job. I'm glad Diallo is here at Kansas, but it doesn't matter who Self gets to play here if he can't figure out how to outsmart an MVC opponent in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament or get his guys to play defense the way Danny Manning taught them to play defense.

Tanner Myers 4 years, 9 months ago

Dear Bryce "I have a day job" Landon, You are an insufferable troll who lacks anything resembling a grasp on reality. If you are such a fair-weather fan that you think two 25 win, Big 12 title-winning seasons are enough to fire one of the five best coaches in the nation, then you need to reevaluate why exactly you are a fan. Otherwise, do everyone else the favor of relocating to Lexington or Durham.

Sincerely,

Realistic Kansas Basketball fans

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 9 months ago

I'd fire Bill Self in a second if I thought we could get a coach who could give us multiple titles but bringing Gregg Marshall or Tony Bennett comes with an incredible risk and if it fails it will set this program back big time. We have 3 titles, do you really want to get rid of the guy who brought us the last one.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm very happy that KU picked up Diallo. The front court now appears solid with Ellis, Diallo and Bragg. KU is also solid at PG. This summer I hope the trio of Selden ,Svi and Greene make some big improvement and this will be a fun team to watch.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

I can guarantee you that Brannen will not improve during the summer.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 9 months ago

Brannen can work on his stroke without jumping and maybe do some ball handling work. He may be limited to how much he can move but he can still work on aspects of his game.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Im really very curious because Diallo is a OAD. Are there any fans NOT excited about the news? Evidently those who are against the OADs are shrinking in number because there have been few comments criticizing the commitment. I hope youre this quiet when youre sneaking up on the enemy...

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 9 months ago

As with any top 20 recruit, some will transition well to Div1, and truly prove to be OADs (Okafor+Jones, Randle, Wiggins), while others take longer to learn and get comfortable, and end up staying 2 or 3yrs (Cliff&Selby would/should have, Rush, Shady, Selden, Cole...).

Will have to wait and see.

Being MVP of the McDAA game is an interesting fact...

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

Joe,

Any top 30 player could be considered a OAD when they commit, half way through the season, or at the end of the season. I don't think Diallo has said one way or the other. I stated clearly that if we're going to go the OAD route, we better not just half@$$ it. We have been hurt by only having a couple of guys and then having to refill that same need again when there aren't really that many guys available by the time we know a guy is leaving.

Mike Riches 4 years, 9 months ago

I LOVE this news but I'm also perfectly fine if we don't get Brown and develop our current backcourt. It seems like things go a lot smoother when most rotation are familiar with the system. If we do add a one-year guard, I like Sterling Gibbs who's a proven D-1 competitor.

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

There's a chance to get Brown. I also believe Thon Maker and Zimmerman are still available as well. I have to think that Self and the guys are working hard to get Maker or Zimmerman or both. I think we have two spots left because Frankamp's scholarship is open now.

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

Zimmerman is not available, and Maker is only eligible one semester and comes with the possibility of a lot of complications

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

I was not aware of the Thon Maker situation.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Or apparently that Zimmerman committed about 2 weeks ago.

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

Yeah... I do have other things I do besides sports Aaron. You might want to try it.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Excellent post but today is not the time to bring up anything that is not 100% supportive of our illustrious program.

There is no room for discord with our wonderful fan base today.

Bow to the Crimson and Blue faithful and sing their praise or incur their wrath! Luckily they are paper tigers and their growls are harmless. :)

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

I see many are realizing why I went after Rodney. He deserved it.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

You went after me because you are a rage acholic Micky! Clear and simple text book one actually.

Micky Baker 4 years, 9 months ago

You're not helping cause. I know what you are. Everyone else sees that you're the common denominator. I don't drink or get high, but now I know you do because you tried to project what you are on me again. You're a whiny, immature, d-bag.

Dan Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

Welcome Cheick! Out of all the recruits available after watching the McD game I kept my fingers crossed that Coach Self would pull off another recruiting coup! RCJH!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

LOL. Look up the definition of a troll Daniel. Swing and a miss!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

Glad that Diallo is here. I just hope he doesn't have any delusions of grandeur about being the second coming of Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant. I'm sick of these players who have one foot in college and the other in the Association.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Its not the players who set the age mandate.

Dale Kroening 4 years, 9 months ago

Welcome Cheick !!! We would have been ok no matter what , but Cheick and Bragg make us serious Final 4 contenders . Maybe no more of the sky is falling ( Ahem.... You know who you are ) . In Self we trust , best closer in the game . And guess what , he isn't done yet.. RCJHGKU !!!!

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

Hey Kendall- Thon Maker! People say what they feel like saying. We all have our opinions! Oh, and by the way, his length on defense would be a great asset! It isn't always about scoring-and under Coach Self, he would be a rim 'Protector'! But I'm ok with our bigs- also, we absolutely 'Do' have a good chance to land Jaylen Brown! How many people here thought he was going to UCLA? It is very interesting that he took them off of his list, and both of the Georgia Schools, right before Dialo committed to Kansas! Just sayin!

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Jaylen Brown has been a Michigan lean for a little bit now. KU is probably running 2nd at this point, but Michigan just moved Austin Hatch off scholarship yesterday and the only reason to do that is someone else coming in.

Also, Thon Maker is not worth the baggage he brings with him. The red flags around this kids academics, handlers, and intentions to only play one semester of college ball because of his academics should be screaming to everyone that Maker is an NCAA violation (or several) waiting to happen.

Alex Resnik 4 years, 9 months ago

Austin Hatch is a great story, but he couldn't even go full strength in practice because of the TWO plane crashes he survived. They gave him his first year scholarship to honor their promise and now they made him a student coach so they can still give him money for school. I live up in Michigan and all the talk is saying that Brown is not going to go to Michigan.I think the family that Brown has here is up in Cheboygan (which is a looong way from Ann Arbor). And I think UofM is a late add to the recruiting process with Brown, so I would still give KU the edge.

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

Ben, you are joking, right? Self got lucky because Dialo committed late, right? How many other kids 'just recently committed'??? Some folks are just 'never satisfied! Are you one of the posters who said we would not get Dialo? Just asking! PS: Getting a player of Dialos caliber, is not luck! Period!!!

Richard Duran 4 years, 9 months ago

Thon Maker is a recruiting violation waiting to happen. we should stay far away from that guy and his shady "guardian".

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

Aaron, if he was t worth it, Coach Self would not be recruiting him. And neither you, or myself, or anyone in here, know what his academic situation, actually is! But you are not normally able to Re-Classify, if your grades are not good enough to do so, and if by some chance, they are not, he will probably go to prep school, and it still won't be an issue!!! We all know so much about everything, don't we! LOL

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Have you ever heard of a kid graduating high school in August?

Me neither.

Stay far, far away from Thon.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Joseph, we actually do know Thon Maker's academic situation courtesy of Twitter (Thon's account) and his handler Ed Smith. Thon Maker does not plan on enrolling in college until the second semester. That alone is why KU shouldn't be chasing this kid. The way Ed Smith has been handling Thon and his brother is screaming recruiting violations.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2015/4/21/8462901/5-star-big-man-thon-maker-cuts-list-to-four-plans-to-enroll-second

Adam James 4 years, 9 months ago

I think the big question here is how will Coach Self continue to adjust his coaching to get these guys the experience they need in the short time they are with KU. In recent history you have to prove yourself and not make a ton of mistakes. I feel like for KU teams moving forward that have one and one type players they need to be able to play through mistakes in the first 10-15 games. Let's wait and see how this plays out, but I think it will be the key.

Tony Bandle 4 years, 9 months ago

Gosh, I'm late for this party.

I must be on the wrong site because after spending the last half hour reading all of the texts it appears this line of texting is a battle between several groups of totally unrelated fans.

This is the University of Kansas Jayhawk site, correct? And we are all KU basketball fans, correct? Didn't something good today happen to our team, correct?

The lack of respect, patience and empathy among many of you is astonishing!! What you say and how you say it often defines who you are. Maybe we should all try to remember that, Come on, let's have some fun!!!

PS Suzi, you are fine!!

Brad Farha 4 years, 9 months ago

Agreed Tony. This back and forth between a few groups is starting to drive me away from the site.

Mick Allen 4 years, 9 months ago

Tanner, you are correct, in that Franklin Murphy's forcing Phog's retirement in 1955 was essentially a firing as Phog reached the "mandatory" retirement age of 70 and was not allowed to coach Wilt. I can guarantee that Wilt would never had come here if he had known Phog would not be allowed to coach him. The mandatory retirement at age 70 seems so ridiculous now in light of the fact that Bowden and Paterno coached football into their 80's. Murphy received pressure from the professors at KU who were forced into retirement at age 70. I have always believed we would have one more national championship had he been allowed to coach him for one year. We did not even win the Big 7 Wilt's junior year. KSU with Bob Boozer and Jack Parr won the title Wilt's junior year and went to the final four. Wilt signed with the Harlem Globe Trotters, as he could not go to the NBA until his eligibility expired in '57-'58.

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

Adam, Thon Re-Classified, to Graduate early. Do you know what that means? It means, he probably has to do more work, to make sure he has all of his credits. And yes, if it means a kid taking summer classes, even a kid who is an actual 'Senior', could graduate, late. So why doesn't everybody leave things up to Coach self, and his Staff, and see what happens. Again, I don't think Kansas would still have Thon on their list, if it was not a possibility! That does not mean he is going to 100%, be eligible, but it does mean there 'IS' that possibility! You all have a nice day, because I am Blessed, and always will!!! Such negativity! WOW LOL

John Pritchett 4 years, 9 months ago

I really love the way this team is coming together.

RCJH!

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

Aaron, I appreciate the info! I don't follow any players on Twitter, so I will trust you will always do your due diligence on that, although I'm not sure I would believe everything on Twitter! But I will still say this; if Thon clears the NCAA Clearing House, and is eligible (especially if it is for the 2nd Semester, I would welcome that kind of length, if nothing else, for defense and rebounding like Willie Cauley Stein, at Kentucky)! I haven't heard that Kansas has stopped recruiting him, so have you heard anything in that front?

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

We have 2 Schlorships left. I'm still hoping for Jaylen Brown, because of his strength, motor, rebounding, physical skills, and how hard working he is. But if we don't get Brown, I am all in, for Tevin Mack! Either o e of them could come right in, and replace Oubre, although Brown is not as good a shooter as K.O., but he may be better in every other aspect of his game! By the way, to all of those who think we have no chance of landing Brown, does anyone remember him, Dialo, and Bragg, at one time, talking about being a package deal!!!

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

My honest opinion on Thon Maker is this kid just isn't worth it. This kid wants to be Kevin Durant and stay out on the perimeter as much as possible. Because Bill Self isn't very likely to want to play Maker at the 3, KU's probably not going to get him. There was a post on his Facebook a couple of weeks ago that Maker claims was a hoax that said he had cut his list to Indiana and Kentucky. Even if that was a hoax like Maker claimed, those are the two schools that make the most sense for Maker. Both would allow him to play out on the perimeter like he wants and both will be short on quality depth next season.

Jaylen Brown was someone I was high on KU landing about 4 months ago, but as Svi and Greene both announced they were staying at KU, KU's chances at landing Jaylen Brown went down significantly and Michigan is a pretty strong front runner for him at this point. I do think Brown is good enough to come in and start right away, but it wouldn't be a certainty.

Tevin Mack isn't someone I would expect to be able to come in and play much right away with what KU has coming back. I would be surprised if he didn't commit to Texas and follow Shaka Smart there.

My honest opinion is that Tyrone Outlaw who is a JuCo from Lee College in Houston is the most likely person KU signs on the wing. I could see the final scholarship going unused as Self has a history of keeping one open on a pretty regular basis, but if he fills it, I would expect it to be a low/unranked small guard to play behind Mason and Graham.

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 9 months ago

From all I have heard, Tyrone Outlaw is a really good player, and can shoot the ball, lights out, including from deep! I would have no problem at all, getting him! I guess we will all have to wait and see how things play out! Aaron, let's go talk to Coach Self! LOL

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 8 months ago

Andrew H., and Suzi: If you have not found this out yet, it is my understanding that Dialogue and Svi can't practice or play, with the team, leading up to the International games (not even the warm up games against the Canadian team)! It is also my understanding, that they are going to be listed as 'Team Managers', which may enable them to make the trips with the team! But that is kind of a slippery slope right now, and it will have to be worked out, through our 'Compliance Department', and the NCAA! I would love for them to be able to practice with the team, as that would be a big plus for us, going in to next season, but I can see where that would take away from the execution for the International games! And please, no arguments (right-LOL) about which is more important, because they both are!

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