The day before his Kansas basketball team takes on Holy Cross, coach Bill Self discusses defending the Crusaders’ version of the Princeton offense, and the down-the-road benefits of facing that type of team.
Self also says he needs to give senior big Hunter Mickelson more playing time to “see what he can do” before Big 12 play begins. The coach added the same could be said for freshmen bigs Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo.
“Anybody who thinks it’s easy to squeeze six guys into 80 minutes doesn’t really understand it,” Self said of trying to find playing time for those three, as well as seniors Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor, and junior Landen Lucas.
Watch from various angles, as Wayne Selden Jr. finishes an alley-oop pass from Devonté Graham, Cheick Diallo scores his first Kansas basket on a dunk and Svi Mykhailiuk drives to the paint in the Jayhawks’ 94-61 home victory against Loyola Maryland.
After finally playing his first game for Kansas, freshman forward Cheick Diallo says nerves made him play scared early, before he finished with 13 points — all in the second half — and six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 94-61 victory over Loyola Maryland.
Although Kansas freshman big man Cheick Diallo often is described as “raw” by coach Bill Self and expected to help KU most as a defender and rebounder, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. says there are many ways the young big man can make an impact for the Jayhawks’ offense, as well.
Even if Diallo makes mistakes early on, Selden expects the 6-foot-9 forward from Mali to make up for a lot of things with his active approach to the game.
Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo speaks with media members the day before his first game with the Jayhawks.
The 6-foot-9 Diallo says he became frustrated at times waiting to be cleared by the NCAA, but now is eager to finally play Tuesday night against Loyola Maryland.
The Mali native says his strengths as a player at this juncture include rebounding, blocking shots, running the floor and, well, dunking on people.
Although Diallo is confident in his offensive abilities, he says he won’t be going out trying to score 40 points, or even 20 points. The freshman says his main objective is to make sure Kansas wins every game.
Happy Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo speaks with the media about finally getting the news he and the Jayhawks had hoped for — he is eligible to play college basketball this season.
Kansas basketball players Landen Lucas and Svi Mykhailiuk discuss the Jayhawks' 123-point showing after KU's rout of Chaminade at the Maui Invitational.
Kansas coach BIll Self also weighs in, and provides his daily take on Cheick Diallo's eligibility.
Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg can’t wait to make his official KU debut in Friday’s season opener against Northern Colorado.
The 6-foot-9 freshman from Cleveland wants to show everyone what he is capable of at the college level.
Bragg says the team’s bigs get a good workout at practices, because fellow freshman Cheick Diallo runs the floor so hard and makes all the other post players try to match his intensity.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says the longer freshman big man Cheick Diallo goes without getting a ruling on his eligibility the more buzz and attention the situation will draw.
In the meantime, Self says there is competition inside to see who will play the 5 position, whether that’s Jamari Traylor, Hunter Mickelson, Carlton Bragg or Landen Lucas — or possibly Diallo.
While most expected senior forward Perry Ellis to be locked in as one of KU’s post players, Self reveals Ellis also will play on the perimeter a lot this season, based on what the coach has seen from KU’s options at small forward.
Of utmost importance to Self is Kansas improving defensively on the wing, and the coach thinks Ellis can do a better job than KU’s other wings showed in the exhibition opener vs. Pittsburg State.
Self has no problem playing a big lineup if that makes KU better defensively on the perimeter.