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Friday, October 28, 2016

Self expects former Jayhawks Ellis, Selden to find NBA homes soon

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1), forward Perry Ellis, center, and guard Kelly Oubre Jr. celebrate with Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) after Lucas took a charge from Baylor forward Rico Gathers (2) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1), forward Perry Ellis, center, and guard Kelly Oubre Jr. celebrate with Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) after Lucas took a charge from Baylor forward Rico Gathers (2) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Another season of NBA basketball opened Tuesday night and did so with three Jayhawks from last year's team still gunning to make the league not on a roster.

KU coach Bill Self on Tuesday gave his take on the current pro status of former Jayhawks Cheick Diallo, Perry Ellis, Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden.

“I talked to Wayne (Monday); he was actually in town,” Self began. “I haven’t talked to Perry (recently). But I talk to ’em all quite a bit. I assume Wayne and Perry will probably go to the D League. Brannen will probably go to the D League. And Cheick’s done pretty well (with the New Orleans Pelicans, who drafted him No. 33 overall in last June’s draft). They’re happy with Cheick.”

Although three of the four are not currently employed by the NBA, Self said he thought it was only a matter of time before at least a couple of them are.

“I’ll be shocked if Perry and Wayne don’t get a call up here pretty soon,” he said. “Wayne and Perry have had no breaks since their season’s been over, health, being able to work out, they have had no breaks. So hopefully getting them with a developmental team and them being able to get some confidence and start understanding the NBA game a little bit better, hopefully they’ll be in the league real soon.

“With Wayne, it was more of a numbers crunch. But with Perry it was more of a health situation. Perry never had a chance. He didn’t do great at the combine and then he gets hurt and doesn’t get a chance to really do anything. So he’s got a lot to prove to whoever he’s playing for, but he’s more than capable of doing that when he’s comfortable.”

As for other Jayhawks still trying to catch on in the NBA, Self was thrilled when he learned this week that former KU All-American Thomas Robinson had made the roster with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“That’s great news,” Self said. “Because he rolled the dice by opting out of his contract, thinking that he was gonna for sure get something, and he struggled a little bit. So that’s great for T-Rob.”

“I don’t know how good they’ll be this year,” Self continued. “But hopefully (first-year Lakers coach) Luke (Walton) can reach him and get him rebounding and defending like he’s capable of because he’s got a lot of good years left in that body. Hopefully he’ll have a big year.”

Comments

Evan Taylor 3 years, 8 months ago

"[T]hree of the four KU players who left early"--pretty sloppy editing, Matt; Perry was a graduating senior, ergo didn't leave early.

Matt Tait 3 years, 8 months ago

Yep. If anything, he stayed five or six years extra, right? My bad. Fixed now. Shouldn't have tried to group 'em.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Surely some team will see that Perry Ellis is the exact same player as Harrison Barnes and offer him the same max contract...

Robert Brock 3 years, 8 months ago

Perry needs to get his Masters degree and get into coaching.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Ellis or Selden can easily pocket 12-15 million playing in Europe, marry some lovely young woman whose daddy owns, among other things a vineyard and have a better life than many who play in the NBA.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Nice riposte, Joe! I commend you for not taking the bait.

Joe Ross 3 years, 8 months ago

Exactly. An attempt to divert from a side-show by creating a much funnier one. ;)

(Incidentally, while I don't take any personal joy from this guy's misfortune, I'm all giggly in using it as a metaphor to depict the complete failure of an unpopular, ill-conceived smear campaign. Cheerio!)

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Translation - Joe thinks it's easier to resort to infantile humor than admit he couldn't insult his way out of a historically stupid opinion... Easier than just manning up Joe?

That opinion looks more idiotic every day...

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Harlan...Little Joe is like Pavlov's dogs. When he sees his stupid opinions he knows they're his and predictably starts with his drooling.....He can't resist...but he also can't admit how stupid they are. "Bait" is for more complex challenges than Joe.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 8 months ago

Euro league does not pay near as much as NBA but it's not bad either. Plus you get to hang out in Europe. Pretty cool if you're a single 20 something. D league salaries are pretty low but I suspect your chances of making an NBA roster are better. Billy Thomas did both and spent some time in the NBA.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Yes, Jay, but he still didn't take the bait, so I'm afraid you are basically talking to yourself with this ongoing feud.

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