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Monday, July 13, 2015

Bill Self would like another opportunity with USA basketball in future

Kansas coach Bill Self records the Team USA players during the medal ceremony after their double-overtime win against Germany Monday, July 13, at the World University Games in South Korea.

Kansas coach Bill Self records the Team USA players during the medal ceremony after their double-overtime win against Germany Monday, July 13, at the World University Games in South Korea.

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— In the past, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self had worked with a couple of select teams for international exhibition games, but the World University Games was his first experience coaching a USA national team. 

Despite using a university team instead of a select team, Self wants to coach USA basketball teams in the future.  

“I loved it,” Self said after his Jayhawks, SMU’s Nic Moore and Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose beat Germany, 84-77, in double overtime to win the gold. “I actually coached teams in international play but it’s been select teams, things like that, like conference all-star teams. So it hasn’t been competition play, it’s been more exhibition games.

“I’ve always wanted to coach with USA basketball. Timing has never allowed me to. I learned a lot during this deal. You know, if opportunity knocks, then maybe I’ll have a chance to hopefully be able to do something in the future.”

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The Jayhawks helped the U.S. earn its first World University Games gold medal in 10 years and first medal in six years. 

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Which KU player do you think the World University Games helped the most?

  • Carlton Bragg 2% 92 votes
  • Perry Ellis 1% 42 votes
  • Devonte Graham 0% 25 votes
  • Landen Lucas 0% 37 votes
  • Frank Mason 12% 519 votes
  • Hunter Mickelson 39% 1597 votes
  • Wayne Selden 40% 1672 votes
  • Jamari Traylor 0% 10 votes
  • Lagerald Vick 2% 90 votes

4084 total votes.

Of course, they are proud of their accomplishments, but it won’t be acknowledged in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. 

“You had Olympic champions in 1952 and there’s not a banner for that,” Self said. “We won’t do anything like that. You know, we shouldn’t. This is not the highlight of our year. This is just a nice step. We’re not going to make it out to be more than what it is and that’s that we played great for a couple of weeks.”

Selden stars

After scoring a game-high 22 points in Monday’s gold-medal victory, KU junior Wayne Selden Jr. finished second in the tournament with 19.3 points per game. He was ninth in field goal percentage (50.4). 

“Wayne was probably our best performer over here consistently,” Self said. “Now tonight he had his worst game probably. But I can’t fault any of them because we are exhausted — we are tired. It’s hard to play well and make shots when you don’t have your legs under you. I thought Wayne played well to the point where it should give him a lot of confidence (into next season).”

Selden shot 6-of-28 in Monday’s 84-77, double-overtime win, including 2-of-12 from three. Still, he scored a go-ahead three-pointer in the second overtime. 

“I already know to keep shooting,” Selden said. “I air-balled a couple of clutch buckets to go up, but I hit the one that mattered so that’s all that matters.”

Self trusts guards

During the World University Games, with the shorter 24-second shot clock, Self learned to play through his guards more than usual. 

“We didn’t play through our bigs near enough,” Self said. 

“I learned to trust guys going one-on-one more. I’m not sure that you can win big games in NCAA without throwing the ball inside more. But with the short clock and not as many opportunities to do things with the short clock, I think I learned a lot to trust our players to go make plays.”


More from Team USA’s double-overtime gold-medal victory


Comments

Joe Joseph 2 years, 3 months ago

“I learned to trust guys going one-on-one more. I’m not sure that you can win big games in NCAA without throwing the ball inside more. But with the short clock and not as many opportunities to do things with the short clock, I think I learned a lot to trust our players to go make plays.”

Play to your strengths, Bill. Improve upon, but avoid your weaknesses. Right now, this team is not very talented in the post. Perry is much better facing up to the basket and it appears Bragg is the same. Hunter, Jamari, and Landon are not reliable back-to-basket players.

Spread the floor, Bill. Open up the lane and let your guards dominate!! Don't rely on the outdated Hi/Lo!

Matt Woolley 2 years, 3 months ago

I wouldn't call it outdated. The system forces 1v1 at the block and is one of the few that can do that. More like an oldie but goodie.

Dale Kroening 2 years, 3 months ago

The bigs played better than expected ( other than Jamari , he kinda just disappeared in these games ) , and have improved from last year . Was very impressed with Hunter . We also didn't have Diallo . This will give the bigs that played some much needed confidence going into the season. I don't thing Coach Self should scrap the Hi/Lo , but he does need to adjust and play to our strengths , which are our guards IMHO . I'd like to see them drive more like they did in this tourney . Cant wait for the season to start . Rock Chalk !!!

Suzi Marshall 2 years, 3 months ago

If Bill Self replaces Coach K, he will once again have some big shoes to fill. If anyone would be up for the job, Self would be my choice.

The attached video provides a good look what Coach K is all about (www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKrtbjDW_DQ).

Rodney Crain 2 years, 3 months ago

And to all the Blah Blah Blah supporters out there coach Self settles the importance of the WUG --

“You had Olympic champions in 1952 and there’s not a banner for that,” Self said. “We won’t do anything like that. You know, we shouldn’t. This is not the highlight of our year. This is just a nice step. We’re not going to make it out to be more than what it is and that’s that we played great for a couple of weeks.”

Thank you coach, it is a great comfort to know that you have the right mind set about our great win of the WUG gold medal.

Maybe all the silly hype by some on here will die down and we can focus on the upcoming promising year! Recruiting benefits, not likely, World Beaters, not really, it is what it was, a great win and experience. So hold off on the ticker tape parade down Mass. everyone.

Thank you little baby Jesus for finally ending this unnecessary hype on this topic.

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't know why this is not banner worthy. How often do you get this opportunity? And hang a banner for the Olympic champions as well.

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