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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

McDonald’s MVP Diallo commits to Jayhawks

Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, poses for a publicity photo prior to the McDonald's All-American Game. Diallo on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, committed to Kansas University

Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, poses for a publicity photo prior to the McDonald's All-American Game. Diallo on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, committed to Kansas University

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Cheick Diallo, the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic who had Big Apple school St. John’s on his final list of prospective colleges, didn’t hold a lavish news conference at Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, on Tuesday to announce his college choice.

Instead, the 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior forward, who is ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, posted on Twitter a picture of himself holding a basketball in a No. 13 KU jersey, standing next to a Jayhawk above the message, “I’m Kansas Jayhawks Bound. Thank you for all the support. C’est La Vie.”

Diallo, who joins No. 21-rated Carlton Bragg (6-9, 225 senior, Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph) as recruiting reinforcements to KU’s 2015-16 front line, also had Kentucky, Pitt and Iowa State as candidates for his versatile services.

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“He’s very humble, really humble,” Diallo’s mentor, Tidiane Drame, told the Journal-World after the low-key announcement from such a high-profile player. “He’s a nice kid, (but) he’s a warrior on the court.”

Diallo, who averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks last season for 22-12 Our Savior, in coach Bill Self’s words, “reminds me so much of Thomas Robinson, late in Thomas’ college career. Cheick has a great motor. He runs as well as any big guy that we’ve had and certainly has a knack for finding the ball. He’ll bring a toughness and aggressiveness to our program. ... We feel like we’ve been able to sign a premier big man that has as much upside as any big we’ve recruited in recent memory.”

Diallo, who hails from Mali and after playing forward in youth soccer has been playing basketball only since the end of 2010, compares favorably with former KU center Joel Embiid of Cameroon, though Embiid is taller.

“I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development,” Diallo told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Embiid, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, actually was a factor in Diallo’s choosing KU.

“He likes Kansas because they develop so many big men. That’s important to him,” Drame said. “He spoke to Joel Embiid. He gave him good advice about Kansas. He (Diallo) visited the school, liked the coach and liked the coaching staff. That was a big reason for him to pick Kansas. He played against Joel Embiid his sophomore year in high school when Embiid was a senior. He and Embiid have talked over the years.”

It wasn’t just the fact Embiid had success at KU that drew Diallo here.

“I need to work on a lot of things and feel coach Self can help my game. On my visit, the campus was great and the people were nice. I could see myself there. I felt like Kansas was the best place for me. I can earn playing time right away,” Diallo told ESPN.

Self expects Diallo — his first name is pronounced SHEK — to be an immediate difference-maker. Diallo is listed as the projected No. 14 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com

“Today is a huge day for our Kansas basketball program,” Self said. “It has been our focus and our top recruiting priority to try to sign an inside presence and a rim protector to go along with our returning players.”

So is he more like Embiid or T-Rob?: “Personality-wise, I would compare him much closer to Joel (Embiid), but from a playing standpoint, I think he’s much closer to Thomas, the same size, same body, same type motor,” Self said.

High praise: “Cheick comes from a high school program that has won big at Our Savior and certainly has been well drilled there,” Self said. “Moving to the (United) States from another continent would be an adjustment for anybody, but because of people in his life that are close to him, primarily Tidiane Drame, he’s been able to make the transition quite well. We anticipate his transition to college to be very seamless also.”

Two more to award: KU has two scholarships to give in recruiting. The Jayhawks are awaiting word from No. 3-rated Jaylen Brown, a 6-7 small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, who has a final five of KU, Kentucky, Michigan, California and North Carolina.

“With the addition of Cheick and Carlton and with what we have coming back, I think this puts us in a great position to be a much improved team next year,” Self said. “We are still actively recruiting a few more players, but this could not have turned out any better for us with the two that we’ve signed.”

Another wing possibility is former VCU commit Tevin Mack, a 6-6 senior from Dreher High in Columbia, South Carolina, who is ranked No. 61 by Rivals.com. Mack’s mom tells Rivals.com her son plans to visit KU.

Five brothers: According to a story in SLAM Magazine, Diallo, who is youngest of five brothers, came from Mali to the U.S. on Valentine’s Day of 2012. At the time, he was 15 and did not know much English. He enrolled in Our Savior’s international program and now speaks four languages — English, French, Bambara and Kassonke.

“It was so tough,” Diallo told SLAM. “At first, I was thinking, I just want to go back. But one day I said, ‘No, not yet. I want to stay and work hard here before I go back to Mali.’”

His first year at Our Savior he was no match for current St. John’s forward Chris Obekpa.

“I didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t make a point. (Obekpa) blocked me every time,” Diallo told SLAM.

He blossomed playing with Team Scan U15 and 16 squads in the summer of 2012. In the summer of 2013 he was named MVP at the NBPA Top 100 camp. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds a game as a junior at Our Savior and became a top-10 prospect nationally.

Quite a person: Diallo saves the gear he receives at events he has played at during the springs and summers. He gives the gear to youths in Mali.

“I said to my team in Mali, when I come back I’ll bring shoes, balls and clothes,” Diallo told SLAM Magazine. “I think I brought 53 shoes. People can play but they don’t have money for shoes and clothes. They don’t care what it is. If it’s Nike, if it’s big or small. They just want to wear it. (The rest) doesn’t matter. When I retire I want to start a company for low-cost basketball shoes and clothes to help people in Mali. That’s what I keep thinking about every time.”

What they are saying:

— ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla: “Huge news for Kansas getting 6-9 Cheick Diallo. He’s raw offensively but no denying his physical presence.” On an ESPN broadcast this year, Fraschilla stated: “He treats missed shots of others as a pass to himself.”

— ESPN’s Chad Ford: “Has some Kenneth Faried in him.”

— Jeff Goodman, ESPN: “Kansas just landed Cheick Diallo — who is a big-time interior presence. Plays with a high motor and is exactly what Jayhawks needed.”

— Eric Bossi, Rivals.com: “Diallo runs the court like a sprinter, fights on the glass, protects the rim and has developed his offense each step of the way during his high school career. Diallo is still a bit herky-jerky on the offensive end and his jump shot needs work. However, he has very good hands and significantly improved his touch as a finisher from 4-10 feet. He can make jump hooks with either hand and learned to pass out of double teams. Defensively, he will need to get stronger but he has proven himself time and time again as somebody capable of protecting the rim and rebounding at a high rate.”


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Brian Wilson 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes! Welcome Cheick!

Interesting that HCBS says a "few more prospects" as in more than two when we only have two scholarships to give.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Love his attitude, thoughts and potential.

Regarding the criticism of Self and staff being late to the recruiting party:

Seems like a much higher number of recruits committed in the Fall this year. Reasons? Or just an anomaly?

So with a smaller than usual number of undeclared ranked seniors remaining, is it possible that those considering KU were waiting to see what sanctions, if any, might be imposed on Kansas because of the Alexander situation? (Ingraham's Dad referenced the uncertainty at UNC as a factor in choosing Duke.)

Is it possible that waiting for the Cliff situation to play out created a delay in committments?

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Since Cliff's issue came to light near the end of Feb. (couple of months ago) not sure if that effected the Fall signings. UNC has been ongoing for a while.

I like your thinking, it might be something else though.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Brett feel free to ignore my posts. I have no interest in your noise any more. You are just not worth my time. Thank you.

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

I didn't get it either at first. But if you read until the end, its clear he is really talking about the kids who have waited until the end of spring signing, were they waiting to hear about Cliff's situation. It doesn't seem worth to even comment on or criticize Rodney's post, but that's (I believe) Brett's reasoning.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

What youre witnessing, RJ, is that increasingly the handful of top-notch recruits are waiting to announce so they can judge what the rosters are going to look like for teams they are interested in (that is to say, which players will be declaring for the NBA draft). In this way they can have some reasonable expectation of how much playing time they will receive. There are probably a smaller number who wait for the publicity of waiting, or those who just dont want to be rushed with the decision.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 9 months ago

Kansas was never implicated in any wrongdoing regarding Cliff. That was his Mother trying to get a loan in a non-sanctioned manner. I read where the NCAA will drop the investigation entirely because Cliff declared for the draft. Therefore his eligibility is done no matter what the NCAA figures out about that loan. The issue is over, in other words.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

KU was never implicated because Cliff's mom hired a lawyer that's dealt with the NCAA before and never let the NCAA get their hands on the smoking gun itself (the actual loan documents).

Mike Barnhart 4 years, 9 months ago

We seem to have developed a trend towards recruits with limited basketball experience (T-Rob, McLemore, Embiid and now Diallo.) The extra practice time and the Korea trip should be a real benefit for this guy.

Alan Williams 4 years, 9 months ago

Diallo can't be on the roster for the Korea trip as he is not U.S. born

Don Burgundy 4 years, 9 months ago

He can still practice until the team departs.

Chris Shaw 4 years, 9 months ago

Mike, the only problem is that Diallo can not play on the team this summer.

Tony Bandle 4 years, 9 months ago

KU needs to follow up the Jo Jo/Cheick momentum by establishing us in a great untapped recruit source, the African Continent. I would establish a scouting entity to scour that area for talent...and, apparently you start on the soccer fields. Wasn't the Houston Hall of Famer a soccer goalie as well???

Based on the depressed nature of these couintries, a ball and a piece of dirt is all you need thus soccer is a national phenomenon.

Just a thought...with Cheick, Ellis, Bragg, Brannen, Lucas, Mickelson and Svi why would the remaining five star even consider KU?

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

I wrote a blog about that very thing just a couple of months ago.

Andy Hess 4 years, 9 months ago

A 5 star recruit doesn't get to that level if they're afraid of competing with other athletes for playing time.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 9 months ago

Due to the lack of infrastructure and and overall societal development on the continent finding potential recruits would require much more resources and effort then finding talent in the US.

The potential return on investment just isnt that attractive

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Not really that hard to scout over there. Most current and former NBA players from Africa run camps over there. Send an assistant over there for a camp, tell the person running the camp which kids have potential, let the person running the camp get the prospect over to the States to a prep school then recruit him.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

Why don't you just wait for them to come to the US and then scout them when they are here and at all the events that you are already going to scout?

It's not pro baseball, you don't need to sign them when they are 14.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Who said anything about signing a 14 year old? It would definitely be preferable if a kid come over to a prep school when he's a sophomore or junior in HS to acclimate himself to the US. Identifying a 14 or 15 year old who has the talent to become a D1 prospect is definitely worth the 3-4 days it would take to visit one of these camps. It's really not much different than sending someone over to Europe to scout one of those kids who may never end up coming over to the States.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

Because the remaining five star, Jaylen Brown, is not competing with all those players for minutes. He is competing with Svi, an 18 year old who had one of the worst freshman fg% ever under Self and Greene, who is constantly in the doghouse,can't find the motivation to play consistent defense and just had major hip surgery.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

If he lands Brown somehow, chances of Greene redshirting next year increase.

Keith Gellar 4 years, 9 months ago

With Diallo and Bragg signed and with a very very experienced back court, anything less than a FF is a disappointment. Screw the rankings, if you consider experience and talent, we will be much better than Duke, UK, Arizona, and Wisconsin. The only team that may give us some trouble will be MSU, but even then i like our chances.

Santa delivered Bill's xmas gifts early and now its on Bill to deliver on his end.

If we have another early round exit, God help Bill because he's going to have a lot of explaining to do. Short of an injury to a key player, i don't know if there's any other valid reason to keep us from making it to a FF.

you heard it here- FF or BUST! Might as well hang the banner now.

Kit Duncan 4 years, 9 months ago

A question. Since you mention "injury to a key player" as a reason Bill Self might get off the hook for not going far in the NCAA Tournament next season, why is it he's on the hook for this season and last? Weren't Ellis and Greene both key injuries this year, as well as the circus surrounding Alexander? Embiid's injury last year was certainly devastating to a team that relied both on his shot-blocking ability and his ability on the offensive side as well.

Keith Gellar 4 years, 9 months ago

Ellis was a key injury, but he was still able to play and regardless of his injury, we should not have lost to WSU the way we did. Greene's injury was a non-factor. His shooting percentage was down few weeks ago- it was nothing new for the team at that point.

The prior year- yes, Embiid's loss was huge, but again, we still had AW and no reason for us to lose to Stanford.

The early losses the prior 2 tourneys was plain and simple- Bill got outcoached hence on the hot seat.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Greene's shooting was a direct result of his injury. He tried to play through it, and his performance became more a hindrance than anything. It was also obvious that Perry was playing at well less than 100% when he came back as he had no quickness, explosiveness, or jumping ability. Also, do not underestimate the impact the Jerrance Howard suspension had on the team. KU was 20-4 before it happened, 7-5 during and after the suspension.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

I think Greene's injuries were a big factor.

For a stretch (toward the end of non-conference?) he was making strides in both his shot and defense. Then it quickly faded amongst mention of lingering effects of his confusion, references to tweaks and soreness (in hip and back?), and other vague, nagging, undefined injuries.

Additionally, I think Greene was a real trooper. Yes he had some off the court issues. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that what many people saw as indifference or petulance in his expression, was perhaps pain, frustration, confusion, and fear.

Ben Simonett 4 years, 9 months ago

I like this mentality because it increases the odds Self gets put on the hot seat when he doesn't deliver.

That said, expecting a final 4 is asking alot. The talent on this team isn't that good. Its essentialy last years team, but replacing two highly regarded recruits(oubre/alexander) with two new highly regarded recruits.

We still have no shot blocking, no consistent low post scoring outside of perry. no back court players that can take their man off the dribble besides mason, and still inconsistent jump shooting

Ethan Berger 4 years, 9 months ago

This makes our lineup next year stacked. However, that means some players will not be getting some PT. I never understood why Hunter didn't get a chance last year. He was our rim protector and had the length to grab some rebounds. With Ellis, Diallo, it's going to be a dog fight for the backups. Bill normally only plays four post guys. Traylor and Lucas have waited their time, Hunter to me is our only true center. Bragg is highly ranked but a freshman. With a backcourt of Devonte, Frank and Selden most likely with Svi and Greene off the bench. If we get Brown and Mack, that complicates more things. It will be a great problem to have. Mack will probably ride the pine. Who will ride with him? We went from a good team to possibly a final four team. Getting out of the first weekend is a must. I won't say anything outside the final four is a bust because of the fickle nature of the tourney. Plus 30 second shot clock is likely next year. It will be a fun ride next year.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Diallo will probably get early minutes. Bragg is more of a project. Expect the early post rotation to include Diallo, Mickelson, Traylor and Lucas, and as Bragg comes along later he will steal some minutes from the latter 3.

Ethan Berger 4 years, 9 months ago

What about Ellis? Play more 3/4 like Marcus Morris did?

Michael Bennett 4 years, 9 months ago

I'd say play Bragg more at the 3 before you play Perry there. Time will tell but he seems more suited to it with his athleticism, plus he likes to face up a lot and stretch the floor. Could be an interesting option in big lineups.

Ethan Berger 4 years, 9 months ago

True, the ability to possibly play both could put him on the court.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

I imagine that game situations will dictate, but as you know Coach Self has gone out of his way to say Perry will play the "3" next season.

Kendall Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

Curious as to why so many people think Frank and D'te will be starting. PG is Frank's job and Bill will need to spell him with Devonte at the point so Frank is not logging 37 minutes/game this year. I agree that we WILL see the two PG line-up, especially against teams that ball-pressure well, but just because you think Devonte is a better player than Svi or Brannen does not mean he is best utilized as a starter.

Michael Uphaus 4 years, 9 months ago

Man I hate to be greedy but one more top guy and a transfer with some experience sure would be nice.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

Now is the perfect time to recruit a couple of solid role players. You dont want a mass exodus of talent at the end of '16 and little to work with for the next year. If you recruit your multiyear projects now, they get a little experience before being relied on more heavily a year and a half from now. Go and get your Georges Pappanicoijsoidj from Greece. Seven foot kid who Kansas could use, and who could use Kansas. Maybe start developing another big or scouting out a point guard. We wont have Mason forever.

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 9 months ago

George has always leaned towards Maryland and it hasn't been close not sure he's even seriously considering anyone else but we are on 3 of the top 15 bigs in the 2016 class

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

The reason you over-recruit is because you don't expect to sign all of them. Being "in on" x number of recruits doesn't mean we'll sign even one. As far as Georges is concerned, I dont know whether or not we've shown any interest. If we do it is quite possible that Kansas will be given serious consideration.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 9 months ago

Honestly I'd rather see more Mickelson than Traylor this season... I'd take the blocks over the moving screens any day

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

It depends on which Jamari Traylor shows up. In some situations, Id agree with you. But Jamari has potential to make a big jump. Ill say it this way: if both played to their ceiling, Id take Jamari every day of the week.

Joe Joseph 4 years, 9 months ago

Hopefully one of two things will happen over the off-season:

1) Jamari Traylor will develop into a solid, consistent, dependable role player

or

2) Bill Self's man-crush on Jamari will disappear. Thus, resulting in a reduction of PT.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

Depends on the match up. Mickelson is PAINFULLY slow footed and would get destroyed by an athlete. Traylor is better in some match ups.

Adam Tyler 4 years, 9 months ago

Traylor needs to play the role he thrived in during his sophomore season.

Bring tons of energy for 10-12 minutes a game. He was a terror on the defensive end. And shot well over 60% from the field.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

KU is going to be nasty next year. Very deep, very talented and (for the first time in three years) very experienced.

And like Bill said...they're not done recruiting yet.

Keith Gellar 4 years, 9 months ago

you summarized my points Tom! FF or BUST- that should be the teams' motto

Ben Simonett 4 years, 9 months ago

The front court is still far from deep. Perry is the only established player. Then you have two freshman and 2 terrible(by typical KU standards) upperclassmen in traylor and lucas

Keith Gellar 4 years, 9 months ago

Duke won the title with freshman. We have enough experience and talent. No more young team excuses. FF or BUST!

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

It's plenty deep and talented, Ben. Is it the best frontcourt in America? No. But Diallo is not going to have the type of problem Alexander had getting and staying on the court, and he brings the defensive presence that Cliff may never have had. Having some experience on the bench and for practice/learning the system is important, too, if/when the rookies do struggle.

People are sleeping on Bragg, too. He is going to be a stud for KU, although probably more in 16-17 than this season. But he's going to contribute this year, too.

I know your M.O. is to downplay this and criticize that and that you want HCBS gone, but this is a national title contending team that has been assembled. Will they get to the Final Four? Who knows? But they are going to be damn good.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

At the start of 2011-12, who would have thought we'd be playing for the NC with these bigs:

a hopefully improved and beastly bulked up T-Robb (Jr)

a flat-footed, unproven, and seemingly weak Jeff Withey (Jr)

unheralded and scoffed-at transfer Kevin Young (Jr)

mistake-prone, ineffective walk-on Justin Wesley

and freshman Traylor - unavailable for the season

In defense of Lucas and Traylor: Mixed in with our NBA-bound bigs (mostly reserves during their 1.0 and 2.0 versions) are Quintrell Thomas, Matt Kleinmann, C.J. Giles, Christian Moody and Moulai Niang. I think Lucas, Mickelson and Traylor compare pretty favorably to these KU standards.

Caden Ford 4 years, 9 months ago

Final Four or bust?? Seriously..we should be thankful that we have a coach like Bill who has been able to get special talents Iike these guys. Yeah it is disappointing to be knocked out of the tournament early (especially when we should be winning those games) but IMO, I feel that some people are too quick to look to the negatives instead of being optimistic. We have gotten great players to come to KU..who has helped get them here? Bill Self. Saying he is on the hot seat if he doesn't make a Final Four is ridiculous. There are other well coached programs out there that haven't made a Final Four in a long time..Of course we want to be in the mix every year, but you have be patient. This doesn't just happen in the blink of an eye. Put trust in our coach and know that he is doing his best to bring a title to Lawrence. Excited for next season! Rockchalk!

Ben Simonett 4 years, 9 months ago

True, "There are other well coached programs out there that haven't made a Final Four in a long time".

But most of those programs would be considered below KUs standard as a college basketball elite program. That is essentially saying "hey we're solidly above average! thats great"

I personally am not happy with solidly above average, i expect elite level performance at an elite level program. Self use to average 30 wins a season, thats the bar he set for himself.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 9 months ago

Hope he's not a 1 and done.....and hangs out for at least 3 years.

Chalmers, Morris Brothers, Collison, Heinrich, T-Rob, Rush, Tyshawn Taylor. These guys hung out for at least 3 years and all have had respectable NBA careers.

Wish some of these 1 and dones would learn from them.

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 9 months ago

let's hope that he develops at the pace that Joel embiid-developed and he helps us win a national championship and leaves before his third year I don't want him to be a highly touted McDonald's All American who can't figure it out like Wayne Selden. and goes to the NBA and becomes a force like Andrew Wiggins because those other guys that you listed above in the NBA have had average to below average careers and that does not help Bill Self and recruiting

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, I have to agree with Reggie. If he is here more than two years, that means we didn't develop him at the pace we should've. I would LOVE to have him two yeras though.

Keith Gellar 4 years, 9 months ago

He came here looking at Embiid's development. I'm pretty sure he's OAD. If everything we''ve been told about him is true, this will be his only year @ KU

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

Embiid was special, he should've never developed as quickly as he did. He is not a FOR SURE one and done, however probably likely. Scouts are saying he should stay 2 years (somewhere I read, don't quote me on it)

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

Tyshawn's NBA career has been totally forgettable. TRob's NBA career is hard to gauge yet. If he signs a multi-year free agent deal this year, that would be a really good sign.

Joe Ross 4 years, 9 months ago

With regard to Diallo's making a home in Lawrence > 1 year, dont hold your breath.

Curious. If you knew for sure Diallo was OAD and you had the power, would you keep him off the Kansas squad?

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 9 months ago

Lost in all of this is the embiid factor and how he helped get Kansas a recruit after his Kansas days were done. This is why to don't pitch a fit when a kid is a one and done or any athlete in your program. He might be the very bridge to help you get to the next prospect. Diallo looks like a two year guy but even if he is not let's maximize the time that he is here and be appreciative for him being at Kansas regardless

Allison Steen 4 years, 9 months ago

I think its nasty and pathetic to criticize and attack kids for leaving after one year. For the most part, they have left because they should've. And they will ALWAYS be jayhawks. Them going pro after one year, just means our staff did a good job with them, especially the guys no one expected to go pro after a year (Embiid). That only helps us in the end. Its nice to see a former player ACTIVELY recruit to our school, that is crazy awesome.

Jay Scott 4 years, 9 months ago

He may have a little trouble getting Jersey # 13.

Alan Williams 4 years, 9 months ago

i know wilt wore that number but can't the jersey number still be used? Rush wore 25 and it's retired as well

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

Why? CJ Henry wore 13 when he was tagging along with Xavier. KU doesn't retire numbers, only jerseys. If you look up in the south rafters of AFH, you'll see multiples of the same number hanging up there.

Benz Junque 4 years, 9 months ago

he will wear #13 since Kansas doesn't retire numbers. Multiple players have worn it since Wilt.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Who wore #13?

Jeff Boschee -- 1999-2002

Carl Henry -- 1983-84

John Douglas -- 1977-78

Jack Hollis -- 1974

Dave Taynor -- 1972

Fred Bosilevac, Jr. -- 1970

Dave Nash -- 1968-69

Walt Wesley -- 1964-66

Wilt Chamberlain -- 1957, 1958

Dallas Dobbs -- 1954-56

Wes Johnson -- 1952-53

Jerry Bogue -- 1950

Dale Engel -- 1950-51

Bill Champion -- 1949

Joe Dunmire -- 1948

John Kanas -- 1946

Guy Ashcraft -- 1945

Willard Frank -- 1944

Armand Dixon -- 1943

Ralph Miller -- 1942

Dick Miller -- 1941-42

Bruce Voran -- 1940

Clarence McGuire -- 1926

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 9 months ago

Anyone hear any news about when Brown is going to announce?

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

Nothing definite yet from JB as far as announcement.

Andrew Sexton 4 years, 9 months ago

This guy reminds me a lot of a young Serge Ibaka, especially if you read scouting reports on Ibaka coming into the NBA. On Ibaka: 6'10" with 7'4" wingspan, offensively raw but runs the court extremely well, great motor, physically strong, very athletic.

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Serge-Ibaka-1302/

Scouting report sounds identical to Diallo. Hopefully Cheick has the same ability to block shots and can develop some go-to low post offensive moves.

Jay Scott 4 years, 9 months ago

This still leaves only 8 scholarship players eligible for Korea. Who will fill that lineup out?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

It'll likely end up being the walk ons along with possibly Christian Garrett. KU will need two for sure who aren't on scholarship at KU on the roster and I just don't see other coaches letting their players do this. KU also doesn't have any former players who meet the eligibility requirements for the WUG other than Garrett. If no one else comes to KU, I would put money on the 3 walk ons plus Garrett filling out the roster.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

Bill is not done yet. I suspect a wing commitment in the next week or two. Between Mack, Outlaw and Brown, I bet he'll get one of them. If he does, there's a better chance that Greene redshirts this year.

Maybe another big, too...one that will be here for at least 3 years.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

I don't see Greene red-shirting unless it's more of a medical red-shirt.

He already beat out Svi (who struggled defensively as well) and would surely start the first half of season while the newbies learn the system. Perry MIGHT play 5-10 minutes at the 3, but it's still Greene's spot to lose.

Tom Jones 4 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, it would be an injury-related red shirt if it happened. . If KU lands a stud like Brown, they don't have the pressure to get Greene back.

Hips are tricky. He may not really be 100% til January. They just don't know.

Kendall Harris 4 years, 9 months ago

If Bill lands one of those guys (specifically Brown, as he seems be viewed as the best player of the 3) I think Brannen red-shirting would be a huge benefit to both him and the team. If he wants to be the next Kyle Korver in the NBA, wouldn't it make more sense to make 100% sure the injury is gone and still have the option of 2 remaining years of eligibility to prove to NBA scouts that he's the guy they want? What if the injury nags him all year, or even worse, he re-injures it? Then he's wasted this year of eligibility AND he has only one year left to prove to NBA scouts that he can still shoot the ball and can stay in front of a wet paper bag on defense. I'm wondering if the red-shirt makes perfect sense for both Brannen and KU this year if we add another wing.

RJ King 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for rounding out the picture.

If BG is completely healthy to start the season, then I don't see him sitting out over competition from a freshman phenom (only to have the likelihood of competition from ANOTHER freshman stud the following year). I think Brannon is too much of a fighter to agree to sit. But if it's twofold, as you describe, then yes.

He will have until November to decide, so hopefully the status of his hip will be clear by then.

Greg Lux 4 years, 9 months ago

My crystal ball says Svi will be fine defensively this year and my crystal ball is almost never wrong :P

Yolanda Gay 4 years, 9 months ago

People need to tone it down a bit for Diallo as well as Bragg. Yes, on paper these appear to be great recruits. However, we need to see how they turn out in college competition. I think we are expecting a lot from these guys before they've even played a college game. Lest we forget previous expectations of highly touted recruits.

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