Thursday, September 8, 2016

Elite 2017 PG Trae Young to host KU coaches on Friday

PG Collin Sexton, KU commitment Marcus Garrett also set in-home visits

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Highly coveted Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, the 14th-ranked player in the Class of 2017, has set a date for his in-home visit with Kansas.

Young, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds from Norman’s North High, will host the KU coaches Friday afternoon, hours after similar visits with in-state schools Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Jeff Borzello, of, Tweeted the news on Wednesday and added that Young also would host Kentucky on Saturday.

The revolving door of weekend visitors will signify the beginning of a busy time in Young’s recruitment. He’ll follow up his in-home visits this weekend with an official campus visit to Oklahoma the next weekend (Sept. 16-18), followed by visits to Texas Tech (Sept 29-Oct. 1), Kentucky (Oct. 14-16) and Kansas (Oct. 21-23).

Young still has one visit at his disposal and, at least at this point, it looks as if it will either be to nearby Oklahoma State or Washington, where good friend Michael Porter, the No. 2-ranked player in the 2017 class, already has committed.

Sexton, Garrett set visits, too

Matt Scott of also reported on Thursday that the KU coaching staff will conduct an in-home visit with 2017 point guard Collin Sexton on Friday, as well.

That visit will take place in Sexton's hometown of Mableton, Georgia. The 6-1, 170-pound Sexton will later make an official visit to KU's campus for Late Night, the weekend of Oct. 1.

In addition, the KU coaches will conduct an in-home visit with current commitment Marcus Garrett on Sept. 15.

Izzo on Kansas

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who on Friday will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was a guest of 610 Sports Radio morning talk show host Bob Fescoe earlier this week, and Izzo was asked about Kansas basketball during his time on the air.

It was clear that the veteran Michigan State coach who led the Spartans to the 2000 national title and has appeared in seven Final Fours has a ton of respect for both Bill Self and the Kansas program in general.

“I have a good relationship with Bill and he’s done an incredible job and is gonna have another good team this year,” Izzo said.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Izzo’s comments about Kansas centered on Allen Fieldhouse and the KU fan base.

“That’s a tough job; it’s a great place to play,” Izzo said. “I got a chance to play down there. It’s been more than a few years now, so maybe it’s time to come back. I’m not sure there’s any better fans than there are in Kansas.

“(Self’s) done a good job, but he’s got an incredible home-court advantage, too.”

Venue change on tap for Honolulu

The Kansas men's basketball program, in conjunction with ESPN, on Thursday announced a venue change for the Jayhawks' Nov. 11 showdown with Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.

Originally schedule to be played at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the game has been relocated to provide basketball fans of both the military and the community an opportunity to see the games up close.

The game, which is slated for Veterans Day, now will take place at Stan Sherrif Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii.

This year's event — which will tip at 8 p.m. central and also will feature a game between Arizona and Michigan State in the earlier contest — will be played just under a month from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cliff’s second chance

Former Jayhawk Cliff Alexander, a one-and-done player from Chicago, who left for the NBA Draft following the 2014-15 season, has agreed to a training camp invite with the Orlando Magic, reports Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

Alexander, who went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, caught on through the NBA’s summer league and spent his rookie season with the Portland Trailblazers. Although he appeared in just eight games and averaged 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.5 minutes per outing, Alexander remained on the Blazers’ roster all season.


Jay Scott 4 years, 10 months ago

There is no higher compliment than from Izzo. As good a coach as there is.

Mick Allen 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree Jay. Jay Wright would be in that elite company too.

Jay Scott 4 years, 10 months ago

Do you live in Lawrence? A list of mental health providers in the area is easily found. Here's one from the Yellow Pages.Good luck.

Greg Ledom 4 years, 10 months ago

Wow, bad day BM? You may not like his personality, but you can't deny his success. I was gonna call you a raving idiot, but thought that would be hypocritical based on your post, so I won't :-). Rock Chalk!!

Gerry Butler 4 years, 10 months ago

Soooo, what you got planned for tonight there sparky? Thought we might grab a beer - - -Rumor has it that we might as well have a beer with the biggest A-Hole in town, man I dunno but your the FIRST PERSON I thought of. Hope your not to busy, I'm sure your social calendar is just booked solid - -but maybe you can squeeze us in. - - - Oh don't worry about the D-Bags I'll stop by Walgreens and pick some up for ya, Thanks for stopping by with you enlightening input ROFLMAO

Mick Allen 4 years, 10 months ago

After reading your post Brett, I regret having the ability to read.

Joe Wolf 4 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully Cliff can grab one of Orlando's last two roster spots. He's going up against some more veteran guys in training camp to finalize their squad, but Cliff's youth should play to his favor, as most teams have development in mind at those 13-15 roster spots.

He's still young, and a plus rebounder and shot blocker. His key will be getting strong/experienced enough to execute his lunch pail style of basketball against the best players in the world, or expanding his face-up game out to 15 feet.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 10 months ago

We lost out on the #1 ranked basketball recruit this week, but Trae Young is our #1 priority. Good luck coaches!

Brian Wilson 4 years, 10 months ago

1 is just an opinion and many times don't pan out. Personally I am thinking that we already have our guy in Az. By the end of this year Az is going to be a beast and we get to keep him for at least two years.

Benz Junque 4 years, 10 months ago

KU is probably a distant third to Kentucky and Oklahoma for the services of Trae Young.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 10 months ago

Aren't you supposed to be harassing women on the internet somewhere?

Dale Rogers 4 years, 10 months ago

Cliff Alexander is one I am pulling hard for all the time. Nice young man forced to shortcut his development because his mother couldn't wait until he got to the NBA. Good luck, Cliff Alexander, on your camp invite with Orlando.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 10 months ago

This situation almost makes me wish that there was a way back for guys like Cliff. A second year with Self could have been transformative.

I'm not sure how much he made last year, maybe it was substantial, and if he can hang on another year, perhaps he can eventually cash in. Here's hoping that he can land a spot again this year.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 10 months ago

The over aggressiveness of the Alexanders to 'cash in' is one of the primary culprits to his present situation.

Dee Shaw 4 years, 10 months ago

Hope I'm wrong but I get the feeling that Young is headed to Washington to play with his buddy Michael Porter.

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