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.