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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ex-Robert Morris guard to visit KU

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Former Robert Morris shooting guard Rodney Pryor, who averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game for the (10-22) Colonials last season, tells cbssports.com and Rivals.com he is planning on making a recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Pryor, 6-5, 205 from Evanston, Ill., who has received his undergraduate degree, will be immediately eligible to play a final season at his transfer destination if, as expected, he receives a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.

A lefthanded shooter, he hit 43.4 percent of his shots — 29 percent of his threes (49 of 169) and 86 percent of his free throws — a year ago. He had 43 assists against 83 turnovers with 42 steals and earned first-team all-Northeast Conference honors.

Pryor started his college career in 2011-12 at Kirkwood (Mo.) Community College, then sat out the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at Cloud County CC in Kansas because of a broken foot and torn ACL respectively.

He resurrected his career at Robert Morris, averaging 15.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 2014-15, then emerged as the squad’s leading scorer last season. He had 23 points against Duke in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 18.0 ppg his senior year at Notre Dame High in Niles, Ill.

Pryor, who will be 24 when next season begins, has set up visits to Georgetown for this upcoming weekend, as well as Gonzaga (April 21) and Florida (April 17). He also has heard from Minnesota, Ole Miss, Georgia and Oregon.

“This is a player who can put the ball in the basket. He is a confident outside shooter and is willing and able to shoot off the dribble, on the move, and in catch-and-shoot situations,” writes casualhoya.com. “In addition, Pryor, who is left-handed, can use step-back moves and escape dribbles to create his own shots and is able to make difficult shots, often with a hand in his face.

“The form on Pryor’s jump shot is slightly unorthodox, but he has proven that he can make shots in the past,” casualhoya.com adds. “He generally prefers to attack the rim immediately after catching a pass on the wing, when the defense is off balance. He can also attack in transition, but he is not the type of player who is going to break down his defender one-on-one in the half-court set and get to the rim. Pryor is a willing passer, but no one would mistake him for a point guard. This guy is a pure scoring wing.

“On defense, it appears that he has the athleticism to be serviceable on that end of the floor. In addition, he has been a fantastic defensive rebounder, grabbing 8.0 rebounds per game, which is a strong number for a guard. Pryor is a talented, experienced player who could excel in the right situation.”

Holden planning visit: Kory Holden, a 6-2 former Delaware combo guard, who averaged 17.7 points a game his sophomore season for the Blue Hens, tells Jayhawkslant.com he plans to visit KU at a yet-to-be-determined date. He also has Baylor, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Seton Hall on his list of schools. He would be able to practice next season then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Keller hired: Former KU staff member Kyle Keller has been hired to replace Brad Underwood as head coach at Stephen F. Austin. Keller had been an assistant at Texas A&M; the past five seasons after working for KU coach Bill Self three seasons as video coordinator.

“Kyle brings a wealth of experience having worked for great coaches like Eddie Sutton, Bill Self and Billy Kennedy. This experience will fit well to continue our SFA basketball culture of winning championships and making NCAA tournament appearances,” Stephen F. Austin AD Robert Hill said. “He cares deeply for his players and is a wonderful husband and father. We are so happy he has agreed to become a Lumberjack. I look forward to having our fans and students get to know him.”

Comments

Austin Lopez 1 year, 8 months ago

43 assist to 83 turnovers, I think I'll pass....

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 8 months ago

That caught my eye as well. However, the Rebs also stuck out as well as his age, reflecting plenty of experience.

I wish something would come out about Mason, if he was injured or not...and what kind of injury if he was. His play post OU was horrible, then he took another swoon to finish the year. My opinion was he was either injured or played far to many minutes to stay on his game. Either way, we need another guard that can handle the ball, which seems to not be this guy.

Mick Allen 1 year, 8 months ago

Going to start back up on Frank again Suzi?His "play post OU was horrible"? The stats don't back that up. In case you didn't notice, he was second team all Big 12 again, an honor not accorded to horrible players. Are you still moaning the loss of Frankamp? I'm sure coach Self will take your directive and bench Mason for all of next year. Lighten up. Find another target for your dissatisfaction.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

A KU team with Mason, Graham, Vick, Svi, Jackson/Ferguson? and a player like Pryor, would likely lead to fewer minutes for Graham and Mason. There's no reason that they would or should play over 30.

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm not at all on Mason's case. He's a PG so whoever plays that position will be a focal point and his shooting, at the rim and deep, has always been inconsistent. Mason got his game back on track after that horrible dip between OU - UK, then to take another dip, not nearly as bad, at the end of the year. Mason certainly deserved second team All-Big 12. When he's on his game, he's as good as anyone.

As for Frankamp, I made some comments post Stanford game, not knowing any facts. When Frankamp transferred, I asked a few questions only to conclude he made the right decision to head elsewhere.

Aaron Paisley 1 year, 8 months ago

Mason himself said he was playing with a bruised foot amd sore hip down the stretch, no secrecy at all.

Jared Reeves 1 year, 8 months ago

The rebounding can help offset the turnovers.

Kyle Cornish 1 year, 8 months ago

Just so you know... Buddy Hield had 75 assists and 113 turnovers. I don't think anyone would pass on him. When you are the focal point of an offense, turnovers are going to happen.

Aaron Paisley 1 year, 8 months ago

Buddy Hield was also not sub 30% from 3 and just 43% from the field.

Allan Olson 1 year, 8 months ago

Just another mid major chucker. Can't believe he'd fit in with a Self team. We probably need guards with available redshirt year to learn this system. At 24, he's been a man playing against boys, not the BIG 12.

Tyler Capone 1 year, 8 months ago

we don't need someone to run the point Austin, we need wing depth.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

1:2 T/O ratio even for a wing/guard is questionable. Maybe as a SF that's also getting 8 boards.

Josh Galler 1 year, 8 months ago

I beg to differ. If we can get Josh Jackson that leaves Josh, Svi and Vick to run 2G and Wing enough depth, getting this guy would give KU a ball handler which we know Greene was not and if we have Mason and Graham as our primary and they are often on the court the same time, KU needs a 3rd combo

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

I beg to differ. There's no way that Svi or Jackson sit so a ball handler other than Mason or Graham plays. Svi is plenty capable of being a combo/2 guard and has NBA talent.

If both Svi and Jackson are around next year they, Mason and Graham will all likely play 30 mins on average. No minutes for some random ball handler unless there are fouls or injuries.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Is it this Saturday that we find out about Josh?

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Josh Jackson is one of the top recruits in this year's HS class.

At 6'8 and around 200 lbs, he's about the same size as Ellis was coming in.

Expert Joe Ross will be along soon to explain that he has the same NBA potential, skill set and plays the same position as Ellis also, because they're similar size. He'll use scripture, Doobie Brothers lyrics and board game references to clarify his point. He'll melt down if you don't get it. Don't feel bad. That's just Joe.

Joe Ross 1 year, 8 months ago

My mama don't like you and she likes everyone.

And FYI: Clarence was joking. Of course maybe you're just commenting to hear yourself speak. If you like the way you post that much maybe you should go and love yourself.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

I was making fun of how absurd your comments were. Couldn't resist responding? Are you Clarence? How do you know what he's thinking?

Jared Reeves 1 year, 8 months ago

One report says Jackson isn't expected to announce his decision until the deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the draft passes, which isn't until May 25.

It also says Jackson has already made his decision and is likely headed to KU.

http://www.chatsports.com/kansas-jayhawks/a/top-recruit-josh-jackson-leaning-toward-committing-kansas-27955

Benz Junque 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like Monday April 11th is the likely announcement date for Josh Jackson

Dee Shaw 1 year, 8 months ago

Josh Jackson decision is suppose to come April 9 this Saturday at the Nike Hoop Fest in Portland. Anyone concerned that he is announcing at the Nike Hoop Fest? The other two Universites involved in his recruitment are Michigan St. and Arizona, both schools are sponsored by Nike. Will that have any impact on his decision since KU is sponsored by Adidas?

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

Not concerned about the Nike/Adidas angle. Mostly concerned because he played for Sean Miller at the FIBA U19 tournament last summer in Europe.

Mike Hart 1 year, 8 months ago

Austin and others who are so quick to write off this Pryor guard from Robert Morris due to his assist to turnover ratio. He was the go-to guy on a very poor and young Robert Morris team. Robert Morris in 2015-2016 was a 10-22 basketball team that had no seniors, 3 juniors, 3 sophomores and TEN freshmen! Only 2 players on the team averaged over 10 PPG ... On a team that was 328th out of 351 college teams in scoring. Might explain some of his assist to turnover ratio. A quick glance at the previous season .. Where Robert Morris was in the NCAA tournament .. Shows his assist to turnovers were 62-50. That is a positive assist to turnover ratio... Something Perry Ellis never accomplished in any season in college. My point ... Is that he will be more of a role player at Kansas and would get a ton of open looks... And he has a FAR superior cast of characters who he'd be playing with... So I would bet on far fewer turnovers and far more assists. I'll take a guard who can rebound, score outside and slash... And shoot mid 80's % from the foul line

Josh Galler 1 year, 8 months ago

agreed and we need a wing forward/Shooting Guard to replace Wayne to split time with Svi and Vick and that would be Josh Jackson, and we need a combo guard to replace Greene which this guy can be it. KU needs a ball handler and this guy can be it. We all know Greene can not dribble

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Greene was never in any sense of the concept a combo guard.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Can we get a ruling from Joe Ross on this? Greene is 6'7 215 supposedly. Does that make him a Small forward, power forward or shooting guard.

Joe has a system where all players have the same skills, play the same position and have the same pro potential if they're the same size.

If Greene puts on a few lbs he would be the same position and skills as Adam Wainwright, I guess.....

Rob Bedford III 1 year, 8 months ago

While you are on the subject of size... why are you not in your room playing with your Chicken Little?

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Not everyone amuses themself the way you do Rob. Didnt your mommy explain that?

Run along and wash your icky little hands before dinner is ready.

Rob Bedford III 1 year, 8 months ago

I was hoping the extra time it takes you to find yours would keep you off the board for a while.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Your little friends will think it's great that you made a wee-wee joke. Bye now!

Joe Ross 1 year, 8 months ago

LOL, Rob.

"The poor you will always have with you."

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

The context of that comment from Mark, which you cut off mid phrase, is that the poor will always exist but that Jesus will not be among the earthly much longer... Was Rob fulfilling the "you can help them any time you want" part that you left off?

Are you Jesus Joe? Is that how you see yourself? Among the living to preach how Perry Ellis is the same as Harrison Barnes and everyone who is 6'8? You know the bible as poorly as you know hoops...

Robert Brock 1 year, 8 months ago

Josh Jackson has said that he will not announce his decision at the Nike Hoop Summit. He will return home to be around family and friends before announcing. Looks more like the 15th (or later).

Mallory Briggans 1 year, 8 months ago

A the begiining of the season coach self planned on playing mason and graham fewer minutes ......but he didnt ....self commented on several occasions that they never get tired... so he would let them play on....sometimes you have to save a player from themselves.....you hurt the team when youre playing tired....youre a step slow on defense and your shots fall short on offense.Players want to be on the floor and you need fresh legs especially in a close game at crunch time....i know self wants his best players on the floor when its a tight game but as a coach time mangement is key.......self trusted mason and graham more than greene and svi ...thus they got a bulk of the minutes.....west virginia played 10 guys but the minutes were pretty equal huggins kept them fresh.....most played 20 to 25 minutes.......if we get 2 guards that that can both play solid defense as well as protect the ball ...then we can cut masons and grahams minutes......coach self trusted them when they chose lucas......but self also shouldnt assume they arent tired ..just because they say they arent..........he trusted them in that way as well.......fresh legs in march are better than fresh legs in november......

Brett McCabe 1 year, 8 months ago

Hoping that Vick has a sophomore step-up season next year. If so, DeVonte and Frank could both get the rest they need.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

Having any two , or better yet 3 of Svi. Jackson/Ferguson and Pryor would accomplish the same thing. Self would have the option to use Svi at the two and still feel confident in ball handling. Vick might still have trouble getting minutes next year. He's got game though...

Andrew Horigan 1 year, 8 months ago

I wonder if Vick and Self might decide to redshirt next season if Svi stays and we get one of the transfers or other recruits they are looking at. Might be a good option for Vick, but I'm sure it is tough for a freshman who didn't play much to then redshirt the following season.

Mallory Briggans 1 year, 8 months ago

i commented last week about the late signings waiting to announce although they have made a choice.....now that several guards from other colleges are seeking transfers now it is more evident it can hinder who you offer.....point being the transfer you offer may use up the the spot that you may have wanted to give a jackson or ferguson ....if the better player wants to come here but they waited then its on him....or you hold on and both the transfer and the elite player end up going elsewhere so you have to scramble to find other players .....thats how the recruits can adversely affect filling the roster

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

There's also the possibility that coaches know where players are going before the media and fans do....

Jacob Zutterman 1 year, 8 months ago

Its not really going to matter if it takes up a spot. All three of those players won't be here the year after

Brett Gaul 1 year, 8 months ago

Congratulations Kyle! That's pretty awesome, video coordinator to head coach.

Andy Hess 1 year, 8 months ago

I couldn't help but laugh a little when I read the comment from SFA about them being happy that he had agreed to become a Lumberjack. It had me humming the Monty Python song all morning.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks for having Frank's back, Mick. Couldn't agree more. He is a gamer, especially if he was playing injured. Of course, given his apparent high pain threshold level, what might seem like an injury to us could be no big deal for him.

Good point Jay about what the coaches and players know. I am sure they already know what Josh Jackson's decision is but can't say anything one way or the other. I do think the odds are increasing for KU on it because Arizona has already recruited Kobe Simmons and has the Trier kid returning, even though he was originally projected as a one and done. Therefore, if Josh goes to Arizona, there are three somewhat similar guys vying for the same position. Might not be enough basketballs to go around.

William Weissbeck 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe all the experts here can explain to me why Grayson Allen is staying at Duke, but players like Svi and especially Greene are thinking about the draft or Europe. I get the impression that Coach K tends to recruit kids whose families are financially secure and don't need the NBA immediately. Or maybe Allen has some defensive liabilities that are clearly evident to the NBA guys.

Jay Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

He isn't as talented as Svi. Greene is out of other options...

Allen is the Perry Ellis of SG. He isn't quick, strong, tall or a good enough shooter to play SG and lacks the handles to play PG. Defend? Duke players defend by falling down, not something the NBA buys into....He won't get a dozen Duke sympathy FTs/game in the NBA either.

Benz Junque 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe he just likes school and is a tweener.

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