Monday, August 17, 2015

KU basketball notebook: Diallo, Mykhailiuk get ‘Big Board’ nod; Tyshawn Taylor’s summer not all bad

Kansas newcomer Cheick Diallo walks out to the field with his KU teammates as they are honored upon their arrival home after winning the gold medal while representing Team USA during the recent World University Games in South Korea.

Kansas newcomer Cheick Diallo walks out to the field with his KU teammates as they are honored upon their arrival home after winning the gold medal while representing Team USA during the recent World University Games in South Korea.


Kansas University freshman forward Cheick Diallo is listed No. 12 and shooting guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk No. 17 overall on ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s first Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft. The Big Board is essentially a ranking of the top 30 prospects expected to enter the draft.

“Diallo has the best motor of anyone in this class. He doesn’t take a second off on the court. He’s tough, athletic and is just a handful on both ends of the floor,” Ford writes at “He’s not particularly skilled and he needs to continue to add strength, but few players can keep up with him — if the NCAA ever gets around to clearing him to play at Kansas. He might end up being a better version of Kenneth Faried.”

Coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Friday there has been no change in Diallo’s status. His academic transcripts are still being considered by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Reportedly, the NCAA has not accepted some classes athletes have taken at Diallo’s Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York.

Recently, Our Savior grad Davon Dillard, an Oklahoma State signee, was cleared by the NCAA, lending some hope to the situation.

Of Mykhailiuk, Ford writes: “Mykhailiuk was the youngest player in college basketball last season — so young that he was ineligible for the 2015 NBA Draft. After getting minutes early in the season, Mykhailiuk became stuck at the end of Kansas’ bench. He’s got a very high basketball IQ, can shoot it with range and can even play a little point. He should come back stronger and more prepared to handle the rigors of college basketball this season. I expect he could have a breakout sophomore season.”

Five freshmen top Ford’s Big Board. They are: Ben Simmons, LSU; Skal Labissiere, Kentucky; Jaylen Brown, Cal; Brandon Ingram, Duke and Jamal Murray, Kentucky.

Taylor has good summer on court

Former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor, who made the news Aug. 6 for being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit money order worth $1,000 in Hoboken, New Jersey, had a better July competing in events for the Ball Up basketball tour.

According to, Taylor won the tour event’s dunk contest in New York, worth $7,500. He also won $2,500 for earning MVP honors of the championship game of the New York Ball Up Million Dollar Challenge Championship. And he won at least $5,000 for playing on the winning team, which received $50,000 to split however it liked.

Taylor’s Sean Bell All Stars went on to win the Ball Up Million Dollar Summer Challenge in Los Angeles. The team won $500,000 to split between 10 players.

Happy Birthday Carl Henry

Former KU guard Carl Henry celebrated his 55th birthday Sunday. “Happy Birthday to the big man!!! Beyond blessed to be able to call you my dad and I love you with all my heart!!” Henry’s son, former KU guard Xavier Henry, Tweeted. Xavier, 24, is currently a free agent.

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KU is ranked No. 5 in Eamonn Brennan’s “Way Too Early” Top 25 poll. Former KU guard Mark Turgeon’s Maryland team is No. 1, followed by North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia.

“Your thoughts on the 2015-16 Kansas Jayhawks are likely to resemble your thoughts on the 2014-15 Kansas Jayhawks, because the roster is Virginia-esque in its year-over-year similarities,” Brennan writes. “The noteworthy returners — Perry Ellis, Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr., Devonté Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Jamari Traylor, Brannen Greene, Landen Lucas, even Hunter Mickelson — are a roster unto themselves. The differences are freshman-oriented: 2014-15 newcomers Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander fulfilled their respective one-and-done aspirations this spring, to varying degrees of success, and three more ESPN 100 prospects are joining up, including top-five power forwards Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg.

“Self’s team began the 2014-15 season with a fair amount of rotation uncertainty, and the Jayhawks never quite put it all together. Injuries, alternating individual slumps, Oubre’s slow burn, Alexander’s late-season NCAA issues — there was always some minor disconnection keeping Kansas from reaching its full potential. The Jayhawks won their 11th straight Big 12 title, anyway. They’ll be fine,” Brennan writes.

In Joe Lunardi’s current 2016 NCAA Tournament “bracketology” KU is No. 1 seed in the West Regional. North Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland are listed the other No. 1 seeds. USA Today has KU the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, with Maryland, UNC and Kentucky also the other No. 1s.


Gregor Southard 4 years, 7 months ago

The NCAA might screw a KU recruit? You don't actually expect me to believe that, do you?

Edward Daub 4 years, 7 months ago

What are the facts Mr. Bedore? KU Admissions Office accepted Diallo! He passed 6 Hours of Summer School, and the Courses taken were? The NCAA does not accept certain prep school courses, what are they , Intro to Basket Weaving? I am sure this is all confidential.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Diallo didn't go to a prep school. He graduated from a three year HS. T Why there is any question about his courses doesn't sense.

Elias Dunlavy 4 years, 7 months ago

Now Tyshawn can pay back the grand that he owes the New Jersey corner store bodega

Edward Daub 4 years, 7 months ago

Hey Tyshawn , as Gomer Pyle used to say "Shame, Shame, Shame".

Dale Rogers 4 years, 7 months ago

Regarding NCAA Eligibility ruminations, it seems it would ease the pain if the NCAA would allow a player to be fully involved in all team activities until the point they determine he/she is not eligible. Ineligibility would begin at that point and all prior activity would not be penalized. It is understood that the general eligibility rules that allow a player to enroll in the school would still be required.

Robert Brock 4 years, 7 months ago

Meanwhile, we will have to make do with Wayne Selden, Svi, and Brannen Greene at that position.

Tom Jones 4 years, 7 months ago

Doubt we'll have all three, but we'll have at least one, maybe two.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Not much help if they are playing in the NBA .

Robert Brock 4 years, 7 months ago

For that to happen, Svi has to grow up, Brannen has to wake up, and Wayne has to speed up...

Freddie Garza 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm sorry, but as big a fan as I was of Tyshawn's, I've lost a lot of respect for him after this counterfeit money order incident. That is a lowdown, dirty thing to do.

Drew Doerfler 4 years, 7 months ago

recruiting is looking kind of scary for next year.......we aren't leading for anyone, and a lot of the elite players seem to be committing earlier this year.....if svi and seldon leave, and diallo...along with the seniors, we will have a mass exodus with not much coming in

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Check the Jayhawk Slant hot board. We look pretty good for several players .

Len Shaffer 4 years, 7 months ago

How could you possibly hate them, Joe, when they're so efficient and consistent?

Joe Joseph 4 years, 7 months ago

Plenty of reasons to hate the NCAA. Plenty of reasons, also, to hate these diploma factories, which could easily save their student-athletes such headaches by offering legitimate coursework and providing proper counsel for NCAA-bound athletes.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Another former Jayhawk gets arrested , that hardly qualifies as news anymore.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 7 months ago

Back up to last year, Drew. Everybody was saying the same thing. Somehow, though, we managed to get Diallo, Bragg, Vick, Coleby, and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Bill Self and his staff always have come through in recruiting. You can take that to the bank!

Also, I like Mr. Brock's summation regarding Svi, Brannen, and Wayne. I think that Wayne is stepping up to the plate as evidenced by his performance at the World University Games. The jury is still out, though, on Svi and Brannen. They certainly have the talent to be big impact players.

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