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Friday, August 28, 2015

Wiggins leads Team Canada in Olympic qualifier

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A spectacular one-handed dunk by former Kansas University/current Team Canada guard Andrew Wiggins at Wednesday’s Tuto Marchand Cup has drawn over 50,000 views on Youtube.com.

The dunk, in which Wiggins blazes past one defender on the perimeter and one near the basket, is available at the web address http://ljw.bz/1LEZL7o.

The 6-foot-8 Wiggins averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 rebounds a game for Team Canada (4-0) at the Marchand Cup in Puerto Rico. It was a tune-up tourney prior to next week’s FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico.

Wiggins, set to start his second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, hit 42 percent of his shots (21-of-50), including 35.7 percent from three (5-of-14) in games contested against Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil and Dominican Republic. He was 68.8 percent from the line (11-of-16).

The top two teams from the 10-team FIBA Americas tourney will advance to the 2016 Olympics.

Top recruits have KU on list: KU is still in the running for five of the top seven prospects in ESPN.com’s most recent list of top-100 high school seniors in the country, as released this week.

The Jayhawks are recruiting No. 1 Harry Giles, 6-10, forward, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; No. 3 Josh Jackson, 6-7 guard, Prolific Prep, Napa California; No. 5 Malik Monk, 6-3 guard, Bentonville (Arkansas) High; No. 6 Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, 6-9 forward, High Point (North Carolina) Christian; and No. 7 De’Aaron Fox, 6-3 point guard, Cypress Lakes High, Katy, Texas.

Fundraising total: More than $25,000 was raised for the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence at the seventh annual Mario V. Chalmers Foundation Golf Tournament and VIP Mixer weekend hosted by former KU guard Chalmers, the foundation has announced.

The late-July weekend included a Tip-Off party, a private VIP fireside chat, the tourney and a VIP mixer after the tourney.

The mission of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation is “to create and support community-based programs that encourage the positive development of youth through sports and education and fund initiatives for breast cancer research and treatment. The foundation also strives to empower, inspire and enable youth to live healthy lifestyles, put education first and give back to their communities and has recently partnered with Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.”

Horne has options: Jeriah Horne, a 6-6 senior forward from former KU guard Billy Thomas’ Barstow (Missouri) High program, has narrowed his list of colleges to six.

They are: Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State, DePaul, Pepperdine and Wichita State.

“Horne is a slightly undersized but highly skilled forward who can cause matchup problems with his shooting and rebounding,” writes Eric Bossi of Rivals.com. “Horne’s play earned him upwards of 20 offers by the end of the summer and the three-star prospect has made a strong case for inclusion in the next Rivals150 for the class of 2016.”

“I’ve always been labeled as undersized or not quick enough or strong enough, but I’ve learned to use what I have to my strong suits,” Horne, who plays summer ball for KC Run GMC, told Rivals.com.

Comments

Gene Jackson 4 years, 4 months ago

Why so much press for a recruit who does not even have KU on his list?

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

Probably because he plays for Thomas at a local HS.

All the names sited are guys not likely to choose Kansas, with the possible exception of Fox. It just does not set up well for Kansas due to locations (NC-Giles and Adebayo, CA-Jackson) or family ties (AR-Monk). I know our coaches are working hard for a stellar class but the stars seem aligned against us for the class of '16.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

KU is not landing Fox. Fox's quotes about playing time do not line up at all with what Bill Self typically tells recruits. Landing Fox requires Frank Mason leaving early and there's a less than 1% chance of that happening. De'Aaron Fox will end up at Kentucky.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

No doubt Fox's Kansas decision is tied to Mason's.

Before the WUGs, I would have agreed with you but those games showed he has made great strides. If Mason puts in a complete season like the WUGs and leads the Hawks to success, he may be gone.

Frankly, I hope he can do it but it is a stretch, primarily due to his size.

Trent Rose 4 years, 4 months ago

I disagree. On more than one occasion, Self has employed a two-point guard system. Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers were both point guards that started as one example. Even Frank and Devonte last year. Fox is 6'3", which means he is tall enough to guard opposing teams two-guard.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 4 months ago

Aaron, just a friendly gentlemen's wager. I will again predict that KU gets Fox even if Frank Mason stays. I also believe that the odds of Frank leaving early are closer to 50/50. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Daniel Johnson 4 years, 4 months ago

Where is it that people think Frank is going? To Europe? No way he is leaving KU before his senior year for a shot at the NBA - zero draft stock. That would be ludicrous.

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