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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jackson No. 2 in final ESPN ratings

Josh Jackson, from Napa, California, competes in the slam dunk contest during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Josh Jackson, from Napa, California, competes in the slam dunk contest during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

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Josh Jackson hype took a slight hit on Tuesday when ESPN.com’s final Class of 2016 rankings listed the future Kansas University shooting guard as No. 2 high school senior prospect in the country.

Jackson — he figures to remain Rivals.com’s top-rated recruit when that Website releases its final ratings — is ESPN’s runner-up to incoming Duke forward Harry Giles, a 6-10, 220-pounder from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Giles missed most of his senior season because of a torn ACL. The 6-foot-7 Jackson, meanwhile, averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game his senior season at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.

“When Giles (ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com) tore his ACL, he was the most dominant and consistent high school prospect in the country. He was a true difference-maker. We never penalized him for his injury, in fact we rewarded him for his play,” ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi wrote at the Web address: http://es.pn/24iMBn1.

Giles told ESPN he expects to be “ready by November.” KU will play Duke in the Champions Classic on Nov. 15 in New York.

Jackson earlier in the season was ranked No. 3 by ESPN.com. In the final rankings, he moved past future Duke forward Jayson Tatum, 6-8 from Chaminade High in St. Louis.

“In most classes, Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum could easily be the No. 1 player. Jackson continues to impose his will. The small forward’s versatility and ability to impact the game in so many different categories moves him to the No. 2 spot,” Biancardi wrote. “Offensively, he thrives in transition by finishing and he can score at ease in the half-court set. It’s no secret his jumper is under construction, but he’s a playmaker with a high basketball IQ and his real worth on the defensive end. He’s a committed and tenacious defender who can switch on to almost any offensive player and make a stop.

“Tatum, at No. 3 has a gift for scoring in a variety of ways. He’s a difficult matchup in the half-court set because he scores with a much-improved three-point shot and a middle game that is the best in the class,” Biancardi noted.

Incoming KU power forward Udoka Azubuike, a 6-10, 280 senior from Potter’s House in Jacksonville, Fla., will enter college ranked No. 22 by ESPN. KU’s Mitch Lightfoot, 6-8, 210 senior from Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian, is ESPN’s No. 67-rated player.

ESPN’s top 100 list is available at: http://es.pn/1rgFP2W.

“After evaluating the class of 2016 for years, it developed into one of the strongest classes we have seen in recent history,” Biancardi said. “While the class doesn’t necessarily have franchise or NBA-level athletes like Anthony Davis, Jahlil Okafor or Andrew Wiggins, it does have heavy star power and future stars in the making. The class has no weak positions, and with quality depth throughout, we expect that talent to blossom over time.

“Last year in college basketball, it was about the outstanding seniors and some dynamic freshmen. Next year, college basketball will be saturated with talent from the freshmen class. The 2017 NBA Draft will be one of the most exciting in years,” Biancardi stated.

Early entries galore: The NBA announced Monday that 117 college players and 45 international players had filed as early entries for the 2016 NBA Draft. Players wishing to enter the draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than April 24. In order to retain college eligibility, underclassmen must withdraw from the draft by May 25. As expected, the NBA’s list included KU’s Wayne Selden Jr., Brannen Greene and Cheick Diallo.

Tour full speed ahead: KU’s senior basketball players will participate in the annual “Barnstorming Tour” basketball games. So far, Perry Ellis, who is training in Houston, has signed up for one of the four contests — May 6 at Wichita East. Hunter Mickelson, Jamari Traylor and Evan Manning will participate in all four games. The schedule ... Saturday, April 30: at Leavenworth Patton Junior High. Autographs 4 p.m., game 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4: at Lebo High School. Autographs 5:30 p.m., game 7:30 p.m. Friday May 6: at Wichita East High School. Autographs 6 p.m., game 8 p.m. Saturday May 7: at Garden City High School. Autographs 3 p.m., game 5 p.m.

Offers: Ira Lee, a 6-7, 215-pound junior power forward from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., has been offered a scholarship by KU, Rivals.com reports. Josh Jackson’s former prep teammate is ranked No. 48 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com. ... Collin Sexton, a 6-1 junior point guard from Pebblebrook High in Mableton, Ga., who is ranked No. 59 in the Class of ’17, has been offered a scholarship by KU, Rivals.com reports. He is slated to visit Alabama on Friday, Rivals stated.

Comments

KJ Quartermaine 3 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, lets see Giles get through a full season healthy first

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Number 1 or 2 - Rival's still have JJ at #1 but in reality, I couldn't care less. We got the players in Azibuike and Jackson that we needed most. We already have Soph Bragg at the 4 and we already know he has the ability to play in Self's system.

Nothing against Giles but the need to fill the 3 spot was the bigger priority. Giles would have found himself sitting on the pine.

Anthony Perry 3 years, 8 months ago

Not sure how Giles could finish the season ranked #1 overall when he didn't play, and is coming off of back to back knee injuries. I'll take Jackson every day of the week over any of these guys. He's the complete package. Great piece on Jackson on SH about how he turns KU from a Top 25 team, to a national title contender: http://www.straighthoops.com/game_changers.html

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Yesterday Stu Libby, who never posted anything but links to that site... new ID today Anthony Perry....tomorrow more promotion of straighthoops,com under another name? Did you post a comment on the Duke site with the same link and a different preamble?

Clever way to spam! You should talk to Katherine.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Greetings Anthony! Noticed you just joined today!

Tony Bandle 3 years, 8 months ago

Really??!!

Not that I give a rat's ass for anything ESPN says or prints but rating a kid who has dominated on the court for the entire year below one who may not be full strength even after not playing for the entire year is truly ESPNish!!

Janet Olin 3 years, 8 months ago

Agreed. That's rich--naming a player who didn't play as the #1. Not that any of it really matters. What matters is if Josh can learn to play in Bill's system and be unselfish,play defense, fit in with the other players.

Adam Collins 3 years, 8 months ago

Given what we have heard about Jackson's competitiveness, this will likely end up being a good thing for him and KU once the games start.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Meaningless once the game tips off.....

John Strayer 3 years, 8 months ago

ESPukeN...nothing else. There is nothing west of the east coast in fly over country.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

I don't know, there are a few shows I like such as Highly Questionable, 30 for 30, Around the Horn and they carry a huge percentage of KU games (in NY). Other than checking for scores and other live sports that's about it.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 8 months ago

The KU effect.

Mitch Lightfoot, initially a relatively unheralded prospect, ends up as the 67th best prospect in the nation.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Player of the year in AZ likely had something to do with that.......

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

Naive much?

Who friggin' likes Jay's numbskull comments?

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm not sure why you are calling this naive? Also, more often than not, I think your posts are informed and insightful when focused on basketball.

I am not looking for there to be anything personal between us so leave my nose out of this.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Lightfoot is still at #118 at Rivals, 117 at 247. Not sure if they have out their final rankings..

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 8 months ago

Azubuike is #22 on the top rated list, but #1 on the heaviest at 280 lbs Win-win!:)

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Agreed Joe. Mitch could be the surprise of the group, especially if he is a long term player. Given his background and upbringing, he could follow somewhat in the footsteps of Perry Ellis, although we obviously have to wait to see.

Tony expresses my opinion regard ESPN as well. They are part of the politically correct crowd that doesn't particularly believe in free speech, as witnessed by the firing of Curt Schilling. They are notorious for knee jerk reactions and sucking up to you know who. I have no respect for them and mostly only watch them to see KU basketball games.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

Free speech has nothing do with a company's ability to fire you for what you say. It's a common misperception. If Schilling, had come out (on a repetitive basis) and said that Christians shouldn't be allowed to use public restrooms, he'd have been fired for that too.

When you work for a company, and you publicly say things that your employer views might damage its business, or intimidate its employees, then you often get fired. It's business. Not political correctness.

Schilling is a dolt. He bankrupted one company and cost people millions of dollars. Looks like he's on his way to bankrupting himself....again.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

...and yet ESPN has no problem hiring back Kieth Olbermann...

"“Between 2002 and 2009, the leading terrorist groups in this country were the Republican Party, and the presidential administration of George W. Bush.”

“[The Tea Party-backed Republicans are] a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the ’30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the trusts and the Robber Barons."

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

That actually proves the point, Subway Jay. If you build the business, you get latitude. If you don't, then you get fired. Olbermann creates interest and draws an audience. No one has ever suggested that Schilling could even hold Olbermann's jock strap when it comes to drawing viewers.

Even so, Olbermann has been fired more often than you've responded to spam posts on this site.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Your point was nothing similar. At no point did you suggest that ratings were a function of free speech or a companies prerogative to fire someone. Read your own post again. You're predictably arguing with yourself. That's the only opponent that you have a shot against.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Olbermann is a sideshow. In years past, carnivals toured the country featuring sideshow freaks that created interest and drew an audience. Olbermann has already ruffled feathers at ESPN and is leaving when his contract expires this year in July.

Maybe joining a carnival is still an option. BUT despite Keith's derision of all things Republican, he was wasting his time as the GOP is once again pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Almost forgot...Olbermann lacks the prerequisites for needing a jockstrap.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

As do you. Other than your nose, of course.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

ESPN should be big enough to allow editorial freedom for their analyst on all sides to express themselves unless it starts to sound like hate speech or pushing some bigoted or personal agenda.

Does anyone else remember CNN's attempt to challenge ESPN with it's CNN Sports Illustrated programming? It was a feeble attempt at best. Now Fox Sports One, in its third year has made some big strides in programming and viewership in its 3rd year.

http://thebiglead.com/2015/08/14/fox-sports-1-at-two-a-work-in-progress/

Curt Schilling blasts ESPN: http://www.newsweek.com/curt-schilling-calls-espn-racist-453553

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Some can say anything w/no repercussions.

Stephen A Smith: "Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for Washington because he’s black".

Tony Kornheiser compare “the Tea Party to ISIS”.

It just seems to be a double standard at the former best station for sports.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

I refuse to watch ESPN and and rarely visit their website. It's not just Shilling, it is alway what they did to Ditka. Beside Obermann's insanity, you also have Bob Costas, who on numerous occasions thought himself best to offer up social commentary. I was particularly appalled by his unrelenting praise for Sochi, the Sochi Olympics and the Russian Authorities. I had visited Sochi just prior to and during the Olympics and knew the full truth about the games. Costas was a dis-information shill.

ESPN is a hollow shell of what they once were.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Worst show after Olbermann = Jim Rome. No surprise he has been downgraded to ESPN radio.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

The right of free speech has no bearing in this argument because it is between two private entities—Schilling and ESPN. The freedom of speech is “the right to communicate one's opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship”—the U.S. government not the private sector. Schilling has at will employment and can therefore be “dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish "just cause" for termination), and without warning”. This is not an attack on his freedom of speech it is a business decision.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Schilling was fired by ESPN for having an opinion. That's their legal right.

As it's become more liberal/PC political, viewers have left ESPN by the millions. That's their legal right.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

He was not fired for having an opinion but rather for having an opinion that they did not want associated with their company. I am sure there are plenty of organizations that would love the have Schilling represent them with his opinion.

As per your statement that viewership is down because they are becoming more liberal where are the stats to back that up. I believe their viewership is down for a multitude of reasons and i find it surprising that you have been able to narrow it down to just one. Any proof that this so called liberal shift is the reason?

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Rae....grow up. Read the post again. Don't be an idiot.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

I read it a few times and the concept of nuance is lost on you. You go around attacking people all the time for their opinions and blurt yours out as gospel without any data or supporting facts.

Where is your proof that ESPN viewership is down because it has become more liberal?

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Rae...

Don't ask the same stupid rhetorical and intellectually dishonest question again. You must be used to bullying morons. Your entire commentary is infantile and won't get any further reply.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

Can you simply back up your assertion with proof?

You stated "As it's become more liberal/PC political, viewers have left ESPN by the millions."

Where did you get this piece brilliant analytical insight? I am not bullying at all only asking you to stand behind your statement with a shred of data.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Now you've humiliated yourself further.. You've moved to complete unmitigated dishonesty. That isn't what you previously asked at all. If you simply wanted proof that ESPN ratings were down, you could google it. There is all kinds of data on that.

You're far too dishonest to continue this with.

Sadly you're typical of most liberals. I have my own business. I can't be fired for that opinion ;)

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

Hilarious. You make an off the cuff statement with no data to support it and i am dishonest. We must have different definitions of honesty.

John Pritchett 3 years, 8 months ago

"As it's become more liberal/PC political, viewers have left ESPN by the millions."

This is a factual statement because both points can be shown to be true. ESPN has become more liberal and political. Also, viewership has declined. Whether there is a cause/effect relationship here is not so easily proven, but though this might have been implied, it wasn't directly stated. I think that's where Jay is toying with you. Had he said "because it's become...", you'd have a point.

Either way, ESPN puts politics above sports, and I for one have had enough of that. It's a shame because I really love some of the personalities at the network.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Fox Sports seems to be the winner as there ratings are up and ESPN's are headed in the other direction.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

Additionally, it was not that he had an opinion but that he shared his opinion publicly on social media. I may have the opinion that my boss is a horrible person. If I tell my wife it is one thing to tweet it is completely different.

Just ask the girl that tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” before she took off in London and was fired upon landing in Cape Town. With the power of social media and the voice that comes along with it come consequences and either Schilling didn't know or didn't care but either they exist.

To say he was fired for having an opinion is to oversimplify the issue.

Red Demon 3 years, 8 months ago

How did the Josh Jackson hype take a hit when he went from ESPN's #3 recruit to their #2 recruit? If he has gone up since he committed to KU, I don't see how that is a slight on him. Besides, 247Sports has him as #1, which I, and most sports fans I know put more stock in that anyway.

Steve Macy 3 years, 8 months ago

Rankings and their sites agree on one thing, Josh is good. Call him the 1 or the 2 it doesn't matter, he will be special. One site, 247sports says that he is the highest rated shooting guard they have ever seen. I'm going with them. Lol.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Brett and Rae, you clearly don't understand the constitution, but we can save that debate for another day. Just like many in the KU administration, the efforts by the left wing fascists to silence anyone with whom they disagree is indeed a clear violation of the first amendment. First amendment rights apply to everyone, not just the sanctimonious liberals. Wake up!

As for the guts of this article re: Josh Jackson, #1 vs. #2 is really splitting hairs, as others have said. Not sure that is worthy of an article, but I never mind reading another article about KU basketball. Just hope that the next article confirms another signing or two.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

Harlan Thanks for your concern regarding my knowledge of the constitution. While I must admit that my constitutional law could use some brushing up the instance of Schilling being fired by ESPN is pretty clear. As one legal website states:

“Many people believe that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the government from abridging freedom of speech, protects their right to say anything they want, online or off. This is incorrect, however. The First Amendment protects us from the government, not from private companies. Within limits, the government may not tell us what we can or can't say; no such restriction applies to private employers. “

ESPN is well within their legal right to fire Schilling and no free speech was violated. At this point, I am not saying I agree or disagree with his statements only that a business has the right to determine who is allowed to work there and therefore who represents them. Imagine if you had a spokesperson for your company and they started posting racist comments on their personal Facebook account. Do you think you as the owner of the company should have the right to fire him? I am simply arguing for the business’s right to do what they think is best for them.

Mike Greer 3 years, 8 months ago

Regardless of the US Constitution, most of us that are not specifically under contract, are "at will employees" as Rae mentioned, and as such may have our employment terminated for simply no reason at all. If I'm your employer and I don't like the tie you wore to work today, I can simply fire you. So, yes, technically, they can fire him for what he tweeted or didn't tweet, they don't really need a reason nor do they need to justify their actions. In fact, they are much better off to simply say, "Curt, you're fired".

On the topic of basketball, everyone is correct, what you're ranked by who is old news, what matters is what you do from November 2016 to April 2017!

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from the consequences of expressing one self. The 1st amendment however is applicable in this case. Curt Schilling was a contract employee of ESPN and by signing that contract, Schilling agreed to abide by the terms of the contract he signed. ESPN felt Schilling violated the terms of his contract which gave them a reason to terminate Schilling's contract.

You don't have to agree with the decison, and if Schilling feels ESPN was in the legal wrong by terminating the contract, he can file a wrongful termination suit against ESPN.

It's not much different from Tom Brady's suspension being reinstated. It might not be fair that Goodell is judge, jury, and executioner, but it was agreed upon in the NFL's CBA, so Goodell has that power.

When Mangino was fired, he felt he was unjustly terminated so he filed suit against KU. It was determined that Mangino was unjustly fired based on the terms of his contract so he was awarded the remainder of his buyout.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 8 months ago

Aaron good point about the contract but I still disagree that the first amendment is applicable. Explanation here:

http://lawnewz.com/sports/why-curt-schillings-firing-from-espn-is-perfectly-acceptable-legally/

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

I meant to put not applicable. My fingers don't type as fast as my brain thinks.

Aaron McCullough 3 years, 8 months ago

Federal anti-discrimination laws make it illegal for most employers to fire an employee because of the employee's race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, genetic information, age (if the person is at least 40 years old), pregnancy, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Also, if an employment contract exists, usually it requires fair treatment of the employee and allows firing only for "good cause." Beyond that, an employer can terminate employment for any reason they see fit, as the employee volunteered for the position, and implicitly agreed to those terms in the process.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

The NFL also has the weakest player's union when compared to MLB and the NBA.

Robert Brock 3 years, 8 months ago

ESPN has enormous resources and what it churns out is CRAP!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

From groundbreaking award winning to utterly mind numbing toe the corporate line BS.

Jeff Smith 3 years, 8 months ago

How do you take a HIT when you go up in the rankings? Bedore is an idiot. Josh was #3 in ESPN rankings and moved up to #2. How is that a hit? Maybe Bedore should do some research before writing an article. WOW!!! He's #1 in Rivals plus other rankings.

Gary Bedore 3 years, 8 months ago

Idiot? Nice manners. His hype took a hit because he's now not a consensus No. 1. Rivals and 247 have him No. 1 but ESPN is still ESPN and in the world of hype, No. 1 means everything. Selby was No. 1 also but not consensus; Wiggins was No. 1 consensus and you remember the hype machine when he got to KU. When the biggest organization ranks him 2, not 1, his hype did take a hit.

Not that it matters. It's just talk.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Gary, respectfully, lm fairly sure that last time I looked, about a week ago, ESPN had him 3.

Either way, I say we keep him.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, "idiot" is fairly tame for the comments of some, though fortunately we know everyone by their name now so it's all more respectful.

Would it be possible to do something like FB and provide a couple options for rating comments instead of just the thumbs up? Can we play a little Ceaser and give a thumbs down as well. One offsets the other. If you receive a certain level of negative votes on comments, you get removed. It would be a sort of self-policing community accountability.

$0.02

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

It would be more like CaesAr and the Roman Coliseum. A blood bath w/few survivors.

Steve Macy 3 years, 8 months ago

Rodney Dangerfield used to tell a one liner " I went to a fight last night and a hockey game broke out". Reading a sport site snd having to sort through constitutional discussion, slams on the author, and Jay's weekly bout with "insert name here" reminded me of that joke. Neither of which I find funny. Bottom line Coach Self landed a good possibly great player, and who really cares if ESPN ranks him one or two, or if they are a liberal biased media, they are a Disney co., so by default they probably are. You have a remote, change stations. RCJH lighten up.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful, and insightful comment. {tips hat}

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Respectfully Steve. It seems like people do care. They have that right.

Just like your suggestion that people use their remote to turn off ESPN, you could feel free to use your keyboard and mouse to log off this site if it's tone and topics don't suit you.

Steve Macy 3 years, 8 months ago

I occasionally do when the self appointed site monitor goes on a rant, so thanks for supporting my decision.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Who just scolded the entire participant group on this thread? You thought you would improve the tone by insulting everyone? Seems like you're the one starting a "bout"...

Sorry Steve. If you don't like the stupidity in your comments to be highlighted, don't make stupid comments.

Come and go of your own free will. Aloha.

John Pritchett 3 years, 8 months ago

The way I see it, we're getting one of the top players, and he'll also manage to come in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Win-win.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

I also like how our top recruit competed against Duke's top recruit last time. I predict more of the same, and that our back court will harass their's into never getting that amazing front court involved. It will be the story of the season for the little blue devil people.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

What makes me happy is that we have officially moved past the idea that we actually operate as a university. Between OAD's, academic ineligibles, recruits who attend imaginary schools, and Run 'n Gun, we long ago gave up the pretense of really caring about what the phrase "Jayhawk" stands for.

Thank goodness we've eliminated those shackles.

Now we can get down to what's really important: whoring ourselves out so that we can compete with the Neanderthals of Dixie.

What a complete effing sh*tscape.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Brett's midnight tirades result when you add pink zinfandel to a 70 IQ brain.

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 8 months ago

I just have one request going forward... when commits announce they're coming to KU, if they could refer to it as The University of Kansas and not Kansas University, that would be great. I understand the acronym can be misleading, but if you're coming here then let's get that pronunciation right:)

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 8 months ago

I don't care if Josh Jackson called it "Kansas", "KU", "Kansas University", or "The University of Kansas". He picked us, and that's what matters.

I don't think that The World Organization is trying to intentionally damage KU's branding, but clearly the university should have started long ago trying to influence the student populations and general populations to use the proper name. It will be like turning the Titanic if they choose to train the world to stop saying Kansas University now. Not that it can't happen, it's just going to be a looong and slow process.

I think that it might be more important to the commenters on this site than it is to the Chancellor and the regents, etc. After all, I'm pretty sure that KU Athletics, Inc. has trademarked Kansas University anyway.

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm not saying it doesn't matter. I'm happy the guy is coming here. But the school is "The University of Kansas". Do people say "Kentucky University"? Do people say "North Carolina University"? How about "University of Duke?" No. It's just weird to me that it's flip flopped so often. I'm tongue in cheek here and happy we get him and other recruits, it's just nice hearing it said how it's nationally and reputably referred to as is all.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 8 months ago

well well well.........jarrett allen cut kentucky it was reported a few hours ago.......but he added kansas......hmmmm.......Texas is getting nervous ......

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

Yes, and I am loving every minute of it. Even if he ends up choosing UT, the consternations this is causing all 8 UT BBall fans is fun to experience.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 8 months ago

allen will play .....self will find him minutes .....he too light to play the 5...but if he can shoot he will can be that stretch 4 we can use in the rotation......Lucas ...AZ ....Coleby.....Got the 5 ......So Bragg and Allen can rotate .....but Allen can also score ....

Tony Bandle 3 years, 8 months ago

There's something quite liberating about being the last post on a string because you can say anything with complete confidence that no one is going to see it.

If I want to call Jay a visionary, Harlan the wise old man on the mountain, Marius a Da Vinci, Suzi a modern day Joan of Arc, Brett a Hero, Joe the Chairman of the Board, Dirk the shining Knight, even though none of you will ever see it, it should be done.

Too bad,,,everyone likes to hear nice things said about themselves. The lesson is never leave a movie theatre until the lights come back on and always check yesterday's string. :)

Everybody have a great weekend.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Tony is the voice of reason... A Solomon..

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

Joan of Arc!!!! That really burns me up. You do know things did not work out to well for her before she reached 20 years old (30 May 1431).

I also identify more with the English outcome at the Battle of Agincourt than that of the Battle of Patay.

If I must be a modern day medieval French woman, could it be Eleanor of Aquitaine, who went on the second crusade with her first husband, France's King Louis VII before dumping him to marry England's King Henry II ...and giving birth to 3 Kings, including Richard the Lionheart. Eleanor was also rumored to have had an affair with the great William Marshall.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Not that it matters much but 247 has come out with their final rankings:

http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Basketball/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool

Highlights: #1 Josh Jackson, #3 Harry Giles, #39 Udoka Azubuike and finally at #108 Lightfoot.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

The Allen deal is done since Lucas became a UT Asst Coach. It got exciting for awhile.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if Ditka and/or Shilling will bring a case against ESPN citing today's SCOTUS decision in Heffernan v. City of Paterson,

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2016/04/supreme-court-rules-on-political-speech-and-the-first-amendment/

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