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Thursday, June 4, 2015

World Games loom soon

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, left, discusses KU’s selection to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at KU. Joining Self at the news conference were KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, center, and Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation for the Games.

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, left, discusses KU’s selection to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at KU. Joining Self at the news conference were KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, center, and Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation for the Games.

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Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says practice for the World University Games will begin on Monday.

“We’ll probably practice five days a week, something like that,” Self said. His Jayhawks will play Team Canada at 7 p.m., June 23 and 26 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Team Canada also will train in Lawrence leading up to the exhibitions, and KU can merge practices with the Canadian squad members.

“If we choose to, yes,” Self said.

“Nic Moore (SMU guard who will play for KU) will get here the 12th. We’ll have approximately two weeks of good practice before we line up and go to Gwangju (South Korea for Games July 3-14).”

KU’s 12-player roster for the Games: Newcomers Carlton Bragg and Lagerald Vick plus Perry Ellis, Devonté Graham, Landen Lucas, Frank Mason III. Hunter Mickelson, Moore, Wayne Selden Jr., Jamari Traylor, Evan Manning and Tyler Self.

Svi Mykhailiuk (Ukraine), Cheick Diallo (Mali) and Dwight Coleby (Bahamas) cannot play because they were not born in the U.S.

They can serve as managers and thus have limited duty at practice.

“Cheick is tightening up some things (paperwork) that he cannot quite come yet,” Self said of Diallo who has said he plans on being here at some point in the summer, perhaps second session of summer school. “Svi will be here the entire summer. Dwight will stay in the Bahamas, at least early summer, to play with the Bahamian National Team at the Caribbean Championships. Brannen (Greene, hip surgery) will not play because he’s injured,” Self explained.

Comments

Sam Burns 4 years, 5 months ago

What do we know so far about TV coverage? Who is covering the games in Korea, and is there any chance the games in KC will be broadcast on Cox or any other channel?

Jay Hawk 4 years, 5 months ago

“Cheick is tightening up some things (paperwork) that he cannot quite come yet,”

That comment jumped off the page. I don't know the official process, but we all know the terminology about "clearing" through the NCAA as we lived it several times with some recruits. I'm guessing Cheick hasn't "cleared" yet by this comment. Does anyone know how that process works and what the timeline is for it to typically happen?

I'm also surprised that all of our guys aren't going to be here serving as "managers" for the team. Seems like it would be beneficial to me.

Rodney Pain 4 years, 5 months ago

I've heard some other kids from Cheick's high school have also had trouble getting past the clearing house in recent years. Wouldn't that just figure.

Jaston Archie 4 years, 5 months ago

I can't quite put my finger on it, but something is missing from this KU team, even with Diallo and company. I just feel as if an important piece is missing. Is it a dominant post player? A smart, clutch, good decision maker at point? A lockdown defender? All of the above? I'm not sure...

Michael Bennett 4 years, 5 months ago

I agree inconsistent leadership, along with a talented 6' 11" upperclassman center in the rotation.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 5 months ago

Nothing is missing from this team, they are first class, National Champions. At least that is what some think on here. :)

I agree with you Jaston btw. Something is missing, height, lots of it. Leadership too. Scoring? Lots of question marks unless you are a poster on this site. Defense? Possibly.

Great Post.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 5 months ago

A lack of height doesn't seem to affect Golden State. If you lack height you play differently than you do with a dominant post player. As long as these guys play to their strengths they should be very good.

Tom Jones 4 years, 5 months ago

Maybe they should play a few games before we start talking about what they're missing?

Michael Bennett 4 years, 5 months ago

"It's not unusual" for fans to analyze the team year-round

Rodney Crain 4 years, 5 months ago

Why, that has not stopped all the giddy, by gosh, gee whiz talk so far. Why let something tangible like actually seeing them even practice stand in the way of the off season march to National Championship? Play defense against another team, not needed. Let the annointing begin!!!

Rich below has picked up the mantle.

Onward to the trophy case!!! Somebody play the Washington Post March!

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 5 months ago

It would seem the same logic applies to the "Debby Downer" posts about how we're going to be so bad, have all of these obvious weaknesses, Self should be fired, we can't recruit, etc. Why say all of that before seeing the team practice and or play first?

Only difference is, those who expect to have a top 10 team, a good recruiting class, and a chance to make a deep run in the tourney have history on their side. A look at the last 10+ years gives a REALLY good indication of how many games we'll win (at minimum), how good we'll be nationally, how we'll compare to the rest of the conference, that we'll be a top 2 or 3 seed in and that we'll be a favorite to win some games in the tourney, just like every other year. Of course that doesn't guarantee anything but it sure means if you're a betting man, you should bet that it will be a good season, not a bad season.

What do you have on your side to support your view that everything will go wrong this season, the wheels are falling off the program, etc? A few other people on here, a few on some other sites, and that's about it.

Rich Hetherington 4 years, 5 months ago

This team is loaded from top to bottom! Of course I say that in most years, but really, this is a well rounded team. I do wish they were a little more top-heavy perhaps, and everyone wishes we had a dominant center, but I really feel better heading into this season than I have for several years!

We have a perfect mix of good upper-classmen, and there's no reason to think this won't be the best season yet for Ellis, Traylor, Selden, Lucas and Mason. I expect big sophomore campaigns from Graham and Svi, and it just feels like the freshmen Diallo, Bragg and Vick are going to really mesh with the upper-classmen and each bring something to the table. I can not wait to see the full squad in action this fall! The wildcards are Greene, who I would also expect to have his best season yet, but with his injury, he's a little less of a lock, and Mickelson, who I would think could be a major contributor and defender, but may have too much talent around him to make a huge impact. If one or both of them have productive seasons and the rest of the team is what we think they'll be, watch out!

Ashwin Rao 4 years, 5 months ago

The guys have not yet stepped on the court, and the so-called-fans are already finding faults... can't you wait until they play their first game at least? Why look for gaps without even seeing what they have to offer? Every one of the last year's players would have improved, and the new guys will bring some new twist to the team.

I am not sure about you all, but like always, I am going to sit back and have some fun!

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