Ben McLemore with more dancing on his birthday; Should KU recruit this 2-year-old?


A few links for your Wednesday ...

Kansas guard Ben McLemore has perfected his own dance, showing if off once again in the locker room following the Jayhawks' 83-62 victory over Kansas State on Monday.

Here's the never-ending GIF for those wanting to watch it non-stop, while the clip first appeared in this highlight video from KU Athletics.

• Speaking of KU Athletics, the latest edition of the department's popular series "Pay Heed" is now available online. It's especially interesting to be able to hear what KU coach Bill Self says in the locker room after wins over Texas and at Kansas State.

Oh, and there's another McLemore dancing clip at the very end (6:37 mark) if you're interested.

• More from Monday's game ...'s Sean Keeler says KU looked like a better team when Naadir Tharpe was running the point, making him wonder if KU found its mojo and its point guard in the same game.'s Jason King said KU's win over K-State "was about a mentally fragile team regaining its moxie" at a crucial time.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was watching Monday's game, and he used it as an opportunity to challenge his own students on Twitter:

Mountaineer fans check out Allen Fieldhouse on Big Monday.. great atmosphere.. students - how we need our student section all the time

For those who haven't been to the Fieldhouse lately, our own Matt Tait put together a sight-and-sounds video that takes a look at the buzz in the barn before the KU-KSU game Monday.

An amazing trick-shot video here ... from a two-year-old in Derby named Titus Ashby.

KAKE TV had more info on Ashby in this report, with Titus' father saying his son hasn't shown any affiliation toward KU, KSU or Wichita State ... as Titus is still too young to understand those sorts of things.

Have schools ever sent binkies along with recruiting letters?

From last week, this is great stuff from's Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman, who talked to four anonymous coaches who have played KU this season to get their honest takes on the Jayhawks.

There's some really good information in there ... and also a coach who can't stop cursing when talking about KU.

The Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd gives some insight into the relationship between Ben McLemore and his brother, Keith, who is serving time in a maximum-security prison in Missouri.'s Reid Forgrave has an interesting feature up about stats expert Ken Pomeroy, who has quit his job as a meteorologist to focus full-time on his basketball statistics. The article also says that Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg uses Pomeroy as a consultant.

Here's one final shameless plug for Monday's feature on Jeff Withey, who made his grandmother proud and proved to Self that he could play at KU.

And finally, this has nothing to do with basketball or KU, but your life will be better (I promise) once you meet Oklahoma's Sweet Brown.


Marcia Parsons 8 years, 4 months ago

I love reading his column of yours, Jesse. I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I have reading it.

Mat Davis 8 years, 4 months ago

Quote of the day, "They get into your body and force you to drive it into [Jeff] Withey and he just blocks your $hit." Good stuff.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

As amazing as that 2 year old is, I almost think we should recruit this guy !

John Myers 8 years, 4 months ago

I wish the music hadn't been so loud during the KU/UT highlights. I was at the game, and the crowd was incredible - we were practically as loud as the UT fans were.

Joe Joseph 8 years, 4 months ago

That kid won't stand a chance unless he learns how to shoot with one hand.

JJHAWK 8 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps he is related to DownTown Terry Brown.

My worry - can he play defense? He didn't look quick shuffling his feet.

AsadZ 8 years, 4 months ago

Jesse, Great stuff. Regarding CBS poll on 4 coaches, below is really interesting to see pretty much same response from all 4 coaches;

How to stop them

"Get back in transition. I think you have to make them make shots, especially from the perimeter."

"You need to take away their easy buckets. That's where they can kill you. You've got to disrupt them in the halfcourt, take away their ball reversal. But the key is getting back in transition because so many of their points come off turnovers."

“You have to keep them out of transition, because they're extremely effective that way. You can't give Withey angles near the rim, and you have to take away rhythm jumpers. If you do that, they can be pretty ordinary. But with the guys they have on the perimeter, it makes them extremely difficult to guard. You can't help off them.”

“Keep them out of the lane. When we played them, we didn't let them run any of their sXXt. When they let Elijah and Naadir go, and spread you out, they're tough to deal with. When they get into the dribble-handoff stuff, it's tough.”

Tim Orel 8 years, 4 months ago

Gotta say it. The kid's a Diaper Dandy!

Robert Murphy 8 years, 4 months ago

No worry on Titus Townsend already make an in home visit.

Austin Bergstrom 8 years, 4 months ago

I too thought of Downtown Terry Browns unorthodox jump shot when i saw Titus pulling the trigger. If he was here four years he would by far be the all-time leader in 3 point fgs in KU history. 11 threes in one game!

PSM 8 years, 4 months ago

Legit "Seen It?" blog Jesse. I thought it was serendipitous that your Withey piece and Dodd's McLemore piece came out in the same week. It's nice to humanize these young adults. Your other links were entertaining and interesting. Thanks.

Ron Prichard 8 years, 4 months ago

Jesse, how do you got time for this? Ain't nobody else got time for this! Ain't nobody, ain't nobody, ain't nobody got time for this...'cept Jesse!

jaybate 8 years, 4 months ago

Pomeroy gets out of weather and into basketball stats full time.

Well, its about damned time we got a Five Day Forecast and a Strange Tendency Stat in basketball.

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