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Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

The Sporting News (Roger Kuznia) wrote an article that I referred to in my above post and provided the link below.

October 9, 2013 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

Truehawk93...first of all, Embiid didn't play in the McDs AA game. Embiid played in the Jordan Brand Classic and he was matched up against Randle. Embiid fouled out of the game trying to guard Randle - he didn't have much of a chance. Julius Randle was the MVP of the game!!! I have no idea what game you were watching - you might want to watch the replay on youtube.

October 9, 2013 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

If you read his quote and considering the two teams left were UK and KU, then he is referring to UK when he makes this baseless comment...“That’s one of the reasons behind choosing Kansas. Coach Self doesn’t kick you out if you are not ready." Here is what Mike DeCourcy from The Sporting News had to say about his comments:

"Kentucky players themselves are the ones who make the decisions on whether or not they’re ready to enter the NBA Draft. If Calipari booted everyone after a year, would Alex Poythress have returned this season? Or what about Terrence Jones, who himself came back for a second season before becoming the No. 18 pick in the 2012 draft? And what about 2014 Wildcats recruit Tyler Ulis, a point guard who may stay four seasons in Kentucky (at least if he’s not recruited over)?

On top of that, Calipari himself has said he’s not a fan of the one-and-done rule, and is hoping to use his position as a new NABC board member to change it.

Oubre Sr. said it’s possible that his son plays more than one year of college basketball, and that’s great for Kansas. But it’s hard to see where he wouldn’t have had that opportunity at Kentucky if he wanted it."

October 9, 2013 at 7:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

The article you are referring to has nothing to do with what Kentucky fans think of Bill Self - the entire article is about the comments from Oubre's father that Calipari "kicks you out if you are not ready" which is plain stupid. Have you heard of Terrance Jones, Doron Lamb, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley-Stein? These are all players who returned to Kentucky for a 2nd season. Calipari has publicly discussed what he does for each of his players who are potential OADs - calls his contacts/scouts in NBA for draft position and goes through the players game (in particular his weaknesses) and how his game will be at the next level. Based upon that information, it's the players decision and Cal supports that decision. If Oubre's father knows of one instance where Cal pushed someone to the NBA, then he should name him. Maybe he should ask Self what happened to Zach Peters?

October 9, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

I completely agree with your analysis. Can you believe Randle never lifted weights until he arrived in Lexington? His only workout in the past consisted of pushups (aka Herschel Walker without the situps). I know Ellis has improved physically over the off season, but is he big enough now to play PF against the elite teams? I think he is listed at 225 lbs (Both teams starting SGs are around that weight; Harrison - 219lbs. & Seldon weighs more at 230lbs.) An interesting poll for the fans of both teams would be (before Randle & Wiggins committed): Would you rather have Randle at your PF and Ellis/Poythress at your SF, or Ellis/Poythress at your PF and Wiggins at your SF?

October 9, 2013 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable


Paul Biancardi – “Randle is the most physically imposing player in the class. He makes play rebounding and scoring based on his physical nature, incredible strength and size and power. He is just so, so powerful. He can score inside. He demands double teams when he catches the ball inside 15 feet. He can be relentless on the glass because he is so strong and athletic. He lives at the foul line, but he can also handle the ball away from the basket. Sometimes he tries to do too much, but he is a flat-out finisher and great player.”

Seth Greenberg – “"JR is as physical a specimen he has seen since Lebron James" with his size (250 and cut) speed, athletic ability and handles. He is going to be unstoppable on the offense glass and he has a good midrange game. His motor is unbelievable and can get to the rim in two or three dribbles regardless who's guarding him.”

Backup: Marcus Lee, FR, 6’9, 215lbs, ESPN #25, Rivals #19, McDonalds AA

Received a number of Division 1 volleyball scholarships. Marcus is known for his high flying dunks and his monster blocks. Lee is also a great volleyball player which showcases his skill as a leaper. He can get off of the floor quickly and erase any shots around the rim. His athleticism and length made him one of the most coveted big men in the country. Lee's strengths lie in his defensive prowess and his ability to run the court. His height and his wing-span cover a lot of ground and will force smaller, driving offensive players to dish it off or face a possible blocked shot.

John Calipari - “"Marcus Lee is a long, agile, quick-bounce, quick-twitch, (6-10) forward. He gets to the basket, he's a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he's going to get stronger and he's going to improve his skill around the basket. His speed, quickness, jumping ability and length set him apart."

October 9, 2013 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

Julius Randle – Fr, 6’9, 250lbs., Rivals #2, ESPN #3

Scouting Report - Randle has the NBA body already. In high school, it looks like a man playing amongst boys. He stands at 6″9 and 250 pounds of pure muscle and he knows how to use his body to his advantage which is a good thing as he will be expected to play a lot of power forward in college. On the offensive end, Randle is highly skilled and extremely versatile. He is comfortable creating his own shot with the ball in his hands. For his size and length, his hand-eye coordination is extremely impressive and definitely above average. Using his dribble, he is able to get to the rim where he finishes at an elite level or take a shot off the dribble which he can also do really well. Not only is he dangerous with his dribbling, he has shown great range from beyond the arc which really forces his defenders to guard him everywhere once the ball crosses the half court. The ability to step out and hit the college three opens up his entire game because he is able to give himself some room to use his dribble. It will also be really important in college because it will allow his teammates a lot more room to run sets on the court.

Not only is Randle highly skilled, he has a great work ethic and a really high motor. He is a gym rat that is always willing to learn and has shown to be extremely coachable. He also has a built in basketball advantage in the fact that he is left handed and that messes with defender’s minds. The defensive instinct is always to guard someone as if they were right handed and that is something players will have to adjust to with Randle.

Kenny “Sky” Walker - Randle is UK's most gifted freshman in terms of skill and jaw-dropping athleticism since Shawn Kemp (1988).

Jay Bilas - “Julius can be one of the top players in the country this year. He’s going to be one of the top draft picks when he comes out. He has a maturity level in his body and how he plays; I think he’s got a little Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in him with how hard he goes after it and how hard he competes. When he puts on the floor with one dribble, nobody could stop him. He’s so powerful.”

Demarcus Cousins (a tweet after playing pickup with JR this summer) – “A lotta talent on this year's team. Julius Randle is a beast!!”

October 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

You can post it here or tomorrow...

October 8, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

No question about it!

October 8, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

Don't need to...with Calipari able to get a NBA exhibition game, Wizards (Wall) versus Pelicans (Davis), to play in Rupp arena the night after Big Blue Madness, there is no changing dates.

October 8, 2013 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )