Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CBE Classic field revealed

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) comes in to celebrate with guard Devonte' Graham after Graham finished off a lob jam during the first half, Friday, March 11, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) comes in to celebrate with guard Devonte' Graham after Graham finished off a lob jam during the first half, Friday, March 11, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


Three teams that participated in the 2016 NIT, including tourney champion George Washington University, will join Kansas University in the 2016 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Nov. 21-22, in Sprint Center, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday.

Pairings and game times involving KU, GWU, Georgia and Alabama-Birmingham will be announced at a later date.

KU will be competing in the event for the third time since the inception of the event in 2001. The Jayhawks won the 2012 title with victories over Washington State and St. Louis. KU placed second in 2008, beating Washington and falling to Syracuse in overtime.

George Washington, which went 28-10 last season (11-7 in Atlantic 10), is led by senior forward Tyler Cavanaugh, who averaged 16.8 points a game. Coach Mike Lonergan’s Colonials defeated San Diego State and Valparaiso to take the postseason NIT crown in New York.

Former KU guard Jerod Haase recently accepted the head-coaching job at Stanford, thus won’t be coaching UAB in the CBE tourney. His assistant, Robert Ehsan, is first-year head coach of the Blazers, who went 26-7 a year ago (16-2 in C-USA). The Blazers are led by junior forwards Chris Cokley (13.1 ppg) and William Lee (10.6 ppg).

Georgia, which went 20-14 a year ago (10-8 in SEC), is led by senior guard J.J. Frazier (16.9 ppg) and junior forward Yante Maten (16.5 ppg). Coach is Mark Fox.

KU, of course, won both the Big 12 regular-season and postseason titles last season and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAAs. Freshman Josh Jackson joins a squad that includes returning starters Devonté Graham, Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas.

“The CBE Hall of Fame Classic has a solid field, and this event is a great way to showcase the College Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies in Kansas City (Nov. 18 induction ceremony),” KU coach Bill Self said. “UAB, Georgia and George Washington are all great programs. Sprint Center is a second home for us, and we hope to have that continued support in November.”

Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m., Aug. 6, through,, by calling 1-888-929-7849 or at the Sprint Center box office.

TBT info: Former KU forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have teamed with ex-Jayhawk forward Thomas Robinson and guard Mario Little to form a team for the upcoming The Basketball Tournament, which awards winner-take-all-prize-money of $2 million to players on the championship team.

Team FOE will consist of the Morris twins, Robinson, Little, former St. John’s player Sean Evans and former Drexel player Scott Rodgers.

Former KU guard Josh Selby has also entered a team named TeamBDB. Members: Selby, John Wall (Washington Wizards, Kentucky) Lacedarius Dunn (Baylor), Kris Clark (Utah State), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Travis Hyman (Bowie State), Yancy Gates (Cincinnati), Daishon Knight (Illinois State), Cleveland Melvin (DePaul), Durant Scott (Miami), Andre Oupoh (Texas State). To learn about the tourney and how to vote for Team FOE and BDB (teams need a certain amount of fan votes to assure entry), go to

Happy Birthday: Former KU phenom Danny Manning, head coach at Wake Forest, on Tuesday celebrated his 50th birthday.

Big men available: Texas prep big men Jarrett Allen and Marques Bolden remain uncommitted, with the late signing period ticketed to end at 11:59 p.m. today. Bolden, a 6-10 senior center from DeSoto (Texas) High, says he will announce for Kentucky or Duke on Thursday afternoon. Bolden, ranked No. 11 nationally by, always could sign a letter-of-intent with both schools before the deadline and send in paperwork to the winner. Meanwhile, Allen, a 6-9 senior from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, has yet to say when he will choose between KU, Texas and Houston. He recently cut Kentucky, North Carolina and Notre Dame from his list. Recruiting analysts believe Texas is the leader for the No. 15-rated Allen simply because Jai Lucas has been promoted to full-time Longhorn assistant. Allen trains with Lucas’ dad, John, when in Houston.

“The word is and always has been that it would be quite the chore to lure the 6-foot-10 big man away from the Lone Star State, and our most recent intel suggests that Texas is strong with Allen,” writes Jason Jordan of USA Today. “As the top-ranked center in the ESPN 100, Allen is a gifted rebounder, shot blocker and finisher who consistently has improved year-to-year. He has maintained that the biggest factor that will go into his decision is how well coaches develop their bigs.”

That’s the confusing part of the equation, as KU is known as a school that plays through its big men and develops its big men perhaps better than any other squad nationally.


Dee Shaw 4 years, 6 months ago

I want no part of a player that is still uncommitted and it's May 18! Red flags go up for me. Are you serious? More drama that we don't need. How can you not have your mind made up by now. Sounds like a bunch of spoon fed spoiled brats to me. Stay away from these players.

Jay Scott 4 years, 6 months ago

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Bert White 4 years, 6 months ago

Andrew Wiggins committed May 14 and was about one of the least drama players I can remember.

Jay Scott 4 years, 6 months ago

Only an idiot doesn't want a player because he doesn't sign early enough.

Until all the draft slots are set, what's the hurry...

Glen Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry, but anything we hear from the recruiting trail is just lip service. If Allen truely wanted the best development and to win a Championship....... he'd not have Texas and Houston on his final 3. Look at The Texas bigs last year..... outside of Ibeh, they were all worse than when the year started. You call that development Mr. Allen? I hope for your sake, I am wrong because it sounds like you're a Horn...... but you'll get much better development and a higher level of talent going against you in practice every day at Kansas. Or for that matter Duke or Kentucky, two places you dumped from your list. If you just want to stay home, then just say it, stop BSing everyone.

Ron Sterling 4 years, 6 months ago

I gotta say I'm underwhelmed at the CBE field pretty much every year. Does anyone not think that KU is just gonna blow through that field? I'd honestly be surprised if there's a game closer than 15 pts. It just seems like this tournament is beneath us. Maybe it's just as well given that we've got Indiana, Duke and UK on our non-con schedule next season, but it would be nice to draw a bigger name than Georgia to headline a tournament with us.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

I was going to ask if anyone else hates it when we enter the CBE, but it looks like I'm not alone. I enjoy that there is a tournament close to home; however, tournaments like Jim Jim Maui Invitational, Las Vegas, Battle in Atlantis, Pre-Season (not post Season) NIT, and I could go on and on, outrank the CBE, but because we are local we support that for a tournament. I also realize that most of the tourneys you can only play in 1 time in a 5 year period, but let's be honest. KU is one of a handful of schools that every tourney wants it to come to. All I'm saying is I hope the CBE dwindles, I know that isn't very local of me to say, but I'm not a fan for KU to attend it.

Steve Macy 4 years, 6 months ago

If you want compition come to KU. RCJH

Greg Ledom 4 years, 6 months ago

It's good for the community, brings in revenue, promotes the CBE, we play in it every now and again, provides decent talent to hone our skills..........what's the big deal.

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