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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Former Jayhawk White to debut with NU

Kansas guard Andrew White races up the court past Wake Forest forward Aaron Rountree during the second half of the Battle 4 Atlantis opening round on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Kansas guard Andrew White races up the court past Wake Forest forward Aaron Rountree during the second half of the Battle 4 Atlantis opening round on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Former Kansas University guard Andrew White III, who sat out last season at Nebraska in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, will make his unofficial Husker debut on a four-game trip to Spain that starts on Aug. 16.

“It’s real exciting for me just because I’ve been eyeing this trip moreso than my first season coming up,” White, a 6-7 junior-to-be from Richmond, Virginia, told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “I knew this was the first thing in the road as far as my career getting started off at Nebraska.”

The 220-pound White averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game his sophomore season (2013-14) at KU. He hit 44.1 percent of his shots, including eight of 25 threes for 32 percent.

His ability to go on amazing shooting streaks in practice has not yet translated into games on the college level.

“Andrew is one kid I’ve coached in a long time that can — first of all, every time he gets a good look, you think it’s going in, and second of all, he can take a bad pass, catch it, and make a shot,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles told the Journal-Star.

“Third of all, he can look like he’s out of rhythm and still make a shot. That’s kind of a trifecta for shooters. If you can pull that off, you’re in pretty good shape.”

White is a certain starter for the Huskers, whose 28.4 percent mark from three-point distance last season ranked No. 337 out of 345 NCAA Div. I teams.

“I feel like a completely different player,” the 22-year-old White told the Omaha World-Herald.

White’s brother plays ball, too: White’s brother, Andrien, has signed a letter-of-intent with first-year UNC Charlotte coach Mark Price. White, a 6-3 point guard not ranked by Rivals.com, averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game his senior year at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He chose Charlotte over Western Kentucky, Richmond, Austin Peay, Stetson and others.

KU on Herard list: Schnider Herard, a 6-10 senior center from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas who is ranked No. 41 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, has cut his list of schools to 10: KU, Texas, Texas Tech, SMU, Purdue, Mississippi State, Indiana, Alabama, Arizona and Cal.

“I’m a big man so that is where you have to stay — on the blocks every time,” Herard, a native of Haiti who has been in the U.S. since August 2012, told Peegs.com. “That’s where you can get easy buckets.”

“There’s something to be said about big guys who like to play at the rim and play with power,” Eric Bossi of Rivals.com told Peegs.com.

Hamidou Diallo offered: Kansas has offered a scholarship to Hamidou Diallo, a 6-4 junior shooting guard from Putnam (Connecticut) High, according to Zagsblog.com. Diallo, who is not related to KU freshman Cheick Diallo, averaged 19.5 ppg at the recent Adidas Nations tourney in California. He’s ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2017.

He’s also considering UConn, Florida, Villanova, Maryland, Louisville, N.C. State, Indiana, Seton Hall, Iowa State, UMass, Minnesota and Providence.

No change regarding Cheick: Bill Self told the J-W last weekend there’s no change in the status of Cheick Diallo, whose academic records from Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York, are being considered by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Center used to be known as the Clearinghouse.

Self told the J-W that Diallo has enrolled at KU and passed six hours of coursework taken during second session of summer school.

“The issue in question here is Diallo’s prep school, Our Savior New American School, which is located on the eastern side of Long Island. Did the coursework Diallo endure while at OSNAS qualify him for immediate eligibility at KU? It seems no, but the NCAA is still going through the case and deciding,” wrote CBSsports.com’s Matt Norlander.

If the Eligibility Center does ultimately deem Diallo ineligible, KU has a right to appeal with any new information gathered. Thus the process still could take an extended period of time. KU would obviously hope to have everything decided by the start of practice in early October. Late Night in the Phog is Oct. 9.

Oubre signs with adidas: Former KU guard Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards has signed a shoe deal with adidas, Nick DePaula of Nice Kicks reports. No details of the contract were announced.

Comments

Caden Ford 3 years, 10 months ago

Surely the issue with Cheick will be cleared up before Late Night. Hopefully they can get it looked at and completed as soon as they can.

Edward Daub 3 years, 10 months ago

I am Glad the NCAA Clearinghouse is History! They were extremely methodical.

I am Sure the NCAA Eligibility Center is more responsive and under New Management!

Seriously , these eligibility issues are a concern. You would think that OSNAS would have Guidance Counselors helping students select their classes in preparation for college.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Prediction: White makes 2nd team All-BIG 10

Schnider Herard is a strong KU lean (at least for now). Solid 4 year player. http://247sports.com/Player/Schnider-Herard-35852

Diallo spent all three years of HS at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in NY. This should take about an hour to clear up.

Robert Brock 3 years, 10 months ago

Schneider Herard would be an important get if...the game went back to the 45-second shot-clock.

Jerry Walker 3 years, 10 months ago

"Did the coursework Diallo "endure" while at OSNAS qualify him for immediate eligibility at KU?"

Endure? That's an odd choice of a word.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 10 months ago

The NCAA and NBA had better act quickly to get this OAD thing resolved. I hate these references like "endure" when it comes to education. I get it that a guy can come to a school like Kansas to get his education in all sorts of fields, including Basketball, then get a good job. However, guys that have absolutely no interest in Kansas or college, they should be free to get a job out of HS.

I'll take a team full of AWIII players over one full of Alexanders any day.

Rob Bedford III 3 years, 10 months ago

The question is would you take a team full of AWIII's or a team full of legit one and done's? Alexander was overrated. Once he left high school and could no longer just dunk on smaller competition he was exposed.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 10 months ago

Generalizing will always get one in trouble. Certainly guys like Wiggins, Embiid, BMac, Winslow, Okafor add a lot to a program. Ideally a blend of those kind of guys with the AWIII and the Ellis guys of the world would be perfect.

This Thong Maker guy, who tried the Half-and-Done rout seems to be a more talented version of Alexander, i.e. absolutely zero interest in Kansas University or college.

Rob Bedford III 3 years, 10 months ago

Thong maker? If he is selling them on the side he may not need to jump to the NBA so quickly.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 10 months ago

Note to Benz Junque. As you can see, the Diallo questions continue. This information from Matt Norlander at CBS.com appeared on this website several days ago. Therefore, when you said in response to my post the other day that you hadn't seen any articles about his possible ineligibility, you clearly needed to do more research.

I hope that I am wrong, but this still seems rather concerning to me. Now they are even talking about the appeals process. Let's hope that this gets resolved in KU's and Diallo's favor because otherwise, I have serious doubts that he will ever play a minute at KU. He's a one and done anyway.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 10 months ago

By the way, I also agree with Suzi regarding the role of the one and done player. I realize that this is the way the game is played these days, but it cheapens the college game in my opinion.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

This situation Diallo is dealing with is starting to smell like the one that cost Josh Selby several games at the beginning of his freshman season. Surely the NCAA can figure out how to streamline this process. If nothing else, give them temporary eligibility that allows full participation, including games, until final decision. Then, if that decision is he's ineligible, then that's it for him but there is no penalty for past games, etc. Yes, the NCAA would need some guidelines to figure out when to grant temporary eligibility but surely that would be better than what they are doing to the kids and these schools today.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 10 months ago

How are they similar? Josh Selby received about $6,000 in benefits that he had to repay and was suspended 9 games for.

Cheick Diallo isn't being investigated for any impermissible benefits. This is a Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor type situation.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

I forgot about the impermissible benefits and was thinking his was just a long time to get cleared. My mistake. On the other hand, missing those games set him back and that's what I was thinking could happen to Diallo if the NCAA doesn't get this decided soon.

Didn't we have a recent player who was cleared but not until after the season began?

Rick Golden 3 years, 10 months ago

why even recruit kids with eligibility problems

Greg Ledom 3 years, 10 months ago

I find it somewhat humorous that CD has passed 6 hours of college coursework at the University of Kansas and the NCAA is trying to determine if he is eligible to go to college and play college ball. Cart..........Horse........

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

It's disgraceful to see a one-time Jayhawk donning the scarlet and cream of Nebraska. Huck the Fuskers, I say! They allowed their petty jealousy of Texas to poison their relationships with the other members of the Big 12, with whom they had built over a century's worth of athletic traditions. I wish they'd go winless in every sport they compete in.

Tom Jones 3 years, 10 months ago

Can always count on a rational take from you, man.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

On the other hand, a player not good enough to crack the regular rotation at KU will likely be a starter at NU. Says a lot about the difference in quality of the two teams.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope that AWIII kills the B1G. I couldn't care less about Nebraska, but AWIII is a great kid who had to make a hard decision to leave Kansas so that he could actually play and chase his dreams.

I think that his struggles at Kansas were mostly mental. Much like Perry Ellis, he seemed to be fairly easily shaken. But Perry has progressed because he's been given a lot of minutes and constantly been built up by Coach Self and told to shoot, shoot, shoot, and be aggressive. A change of scenery should do a lot of good for AWIII, as well as not having a parade of OADs constantly cutting in front of him.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

Hated to see him go but I think looking back you can tell it was a good decision. With guys like Greene and Svi on the roster playing the same position, I don't know if he ever would have got his chance. To me his main problem always appeared to be that he just wasn't as athletic/quick/bouncy as others at his position. No doubt that he had the ability to really shoot the ball if given the opportunity to build his confidence.

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