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Monday, November 2, 2015

KU-PSU exhibition will be Wednesday after all

Kansas head coach Bill Self looks for an answer from his players after a stretch of sloppy play against Pittsburg State during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self looks for an answer from his players after a stretch of sloppy play against Pittsburg State during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University’s exhibition basketball opener against Pittsburg State will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, as originally planned, in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas City Royals’ Game Five victory over the New York Mets on Sunday night wrapped up the World Series title, means there’s no potential Game Seven conflict Wednesday.

KU on Friday announced plans to push its exhibition game to Thursday if the World Series returned to KC this week.

It’s probably good news for the Jayhawks, considering coach Bill Self said over the weekend his squad appeared stale at practice and looked like a team that definitely wanted a change of pace, as in a game.

Allen visits Houston: Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, who is ranked No. 20 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, made an official visit to University of Houston last weekend.

He has also made trips to Notre Dame and KU and will visit Kentucky in two weeks. Also on his list: Indiana, Kansas State, North Carolina and Texas.

“It was good, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the school (Houston),” Allen told Zagsblog.com. “I really liked the feel of the school community-wise, the coaching staff, and the new facilities that they are building.”

Of his visit to KU, Allen told Zagsblog: “Kansas was also a very good visit. I’m considering (KU) just as much as the other schools. I’m just trying to take in all the information from my visits.”

Svi listed second-best: Kansas University sophomore Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is listed as the No. 2 shooting-guard prospect for the 2016 NBA Draft by Chad Ford of ESPN.

The player currently ahead of Mykhailiuk is Euroleague player Furkan Korkmaz, 6-6 from Turkey.

“Mykhailiuk came to Kansas last season as a 17-year-old and struggled. He was the youngest player in college basketball and, for the most part, it showed,” Ford wrote at ESPN.com. “But scouts who have attended Kansas practices say they expect a different Mykhailiuk this season. He’s added about 17 pounds to his thin frame and has been putting up thousands of shots to refine his streaky jumper. Add in great size and feel for the game and this could be a breakout season for Mykhailiuk.

“He had a really tough transition to college life last year,” one NBA scout told Ford. “Everything was new to him. The country, the food, going to an American university, the game. I think he’s in a much more solid place and I think by midseason, he’ll be a key factor for the Jayhawks. There is so much talent there. I think that rocky freshman year was a blessing in disguise. Everyone loved him at the Nike Hoop Summit. I think they’re going to fall in love with him again this year.”

KU junior Wayne Selden Jr. was listed in the “others to watch” category for shooting guards in the NBA Draft.

Vitale likes KU: ESPN’s Dick Vitale lists KU as his “team to beat” for the Big 12 title this season.

“This is a three-team race among Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma. All three could be in the top 20 of the national rankings,” Vitale wrote at ESPN.com.

He listed Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield as preseason player of the year.

“Hield and (Iowa State’s) Georges Niang are the front-runners. Kansas has several candidates as well,” Vitale wrote.

Comments

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 10 months ago

Wake me up when Diallo is eligible. Otherwise we will win the Big 12 and then fizzle out in the tourney.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 10 months ago

Nope. This team is loaded, with or without Diallo. It's banner time.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 10 months ago

Would rather go w/Diallo but this is the best KU team in the past several years either way.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 10 months ago

The loaded team that barely went .500? The loaded team that faded down the stretch and bowed out of the B12 and NCAA tournament early? That loaded team?

SMH -Jim is right on spot with his post.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 10 months ago

KU's last two teams weren't that good, but 25-10 and 27-9 aren't exactly "barely going .500".

Rodney Crain 5 years, 10 months ago

Sorry my edit took out a few words, A team that barely went .500 "down the stretch"...

Calling our team "loaded" without Diallo, and none of the other freshman starting means we are in for more of the same mixed bag of results against good to great teams - if someone gets hot we should be ok, but if Perry gets shut down/benched like 10 games last year, or we get the bad Wayne not the Gold Medal Wayne, or no one can hit the outside shot, we tend to be average. Take into account we are going to be in foul trouble due to the way the rules will be called and it is going to be interesting to start the year.

Benz Junque 5 years, 10 months ago

I am pretty sure that this loaded team has a record of 0-0 and has yet to play in the B12 or NCAA tourneys.

You must be talking about LAST YEAR'S team, which is not THIS YEAR'S team.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 10 months ago

same team as far as rotation. Same players starting the season. Calling them a loaded team is way over the top.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 10 months ago

holy Crap, we haven't even started playing yet and Seldon STILL not 100% ? Whats' the deal? How long ago has it been since he messed that ankle up?- - - - Answer- - - -a long time. So what gives,? is this the way we want to start the season? If he isn't 100% then why practice him at all until it IS 100%. He is a Junior, he knows the offense, he knows what he is surpose o do defensively by now again the kid is a Junior not THAT MANY changes I'm sure. So we want to practice him and have him running at full speed when his ankle is still screwed up? It needs to heal, that takes time, but with him doing what he is doing obviously is not helping the ankle heal. Hell have him sit the exhibitions out, they are exhibitions , no more then that. Sit him now, let him heal OR continue to play him on the bum ankle and take the chance of screwing it up good, and lost for the season or a lot of the season, your choice

Benz Junque 5 years, 10 months ago

I think they have a medical staff that has Selden's best interests in mind and are handling it.

John Randall 5 years, 10 months ago

"handling it" ???

Not in an exemplary manner, I'm thinking.

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