Advertisement pays tribute to KU, Allen Fieldhouse; Ben McLemore scouting video


Kansas guard Ben McLemore flushes an alley-oop dunk against Richmond during the second half on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore flushes an alley-oop dunk against Richmond during the second half on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A few links in case you missed them ...

There's been a lot of buzz lately about this story on the Kansas basketball tradition and Allen Fieldhouse from the Philadelphia Daily News' Dick Jerardi.

The article tries to give Temple basketball fans a glimpse of what makes the KU basketball tradition special.

Here's a snippet:

Smack in the middle of the country, hard by I-70, with its throwback gym right in the middle of campus on Naismith Drive, KU is as much a feeling as it is a place. But it is a place that has a longstanding love affair with its basketball team that shows no signs of abating.

The article is worth a read if you haven't yet.

Speaking of Allen Fieldhouse, KU coach Bill Self talked about how special it was in a radio interview with CBS and Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brando on Friday.

"It's in the heat of the game," Self says at the 2:30 mark of the audio, "and (I'll) turn to my assistants and say, 'Hey, would you listen to this?'"

Self discusses other topics, including his team's good practices recently and instant replay in college during the rest of the 14-minute, 30-second interview.

DraftExpress, which has Ben McLemore ninth on its latest mock draft, recently posted an informative video breakdown of the freshman highlighting his strengths and weaknesses.

The video does a nice job of showing, through video examples, where McLemore thrives and also where he needs to improve through a scout's eyes.

In case you were wondering, KU center Jeff Withey is listed at 25th on DraftExpress' latest board.

KU offensive lineman commit Joey Bloomfield has taken to Twitter to try to help raise money for his high school.

The Louisville Courier-Journal has selected Bloomfield as one of four candidates for "December Athlete of the Month." The athlete that picks up the most votes receives a prize pack and also has money donated to his/her high school through the newspaper.

As of Saturday morning, Bloomfield was in second place with 34 percent of the vote.


Jason Roberts 5 years, 5 months ago

Talk about a thorough scouting report on McLemore. If I was Temple I would have them force him to his left and make him shoot off the dribble.

If he stays an additional year I think he clear up these issues and become a #1 pick by the 2014 draft.

colreader 5 years, 5 months ago

If anybody is interested, today (Sat) @ 3:45 pm CT the KU@OSU Dec 22 game is on replay on the Big 10 Network !!!

Boouk 5 years, 5 months ago

It's actually the Michigan State Texas game. They wouldn't replay a game that the Big 10 team lost.

colreader 5 years, 5 months ago

You're right. My Directv on-screen guide said KU-OSU. It still does. Too bad-I was going to record it.

ParisHawk 5 years, 5 months ago

That Philly article is the nicest one ever about KU fandom. I hope everyone can get their swelled heads inside for the game tomorrow ;)

jaybate 5 years, 5 months ago

"Breakdown of Basketball Analyst Mike Schmitz"

Part 1

Mike Schmitz from Twitter and LinkedIn Mining:

~Assistant Video Coordinator for the @BakersfieldJam of the NBA D-League,

~Video Scout for @DraftExpress

~Phase II Synergy Logger.

~1092 followers on Twitter

~infrequent shaver

Mike Schmitz is reputedly recently from University of Arizona's Eller School of Management, but I found no claim of a degree being achieved. He interned at Video Army in Venice Beach, CA, and Vertical Measures, Phoenix, AZ, apparently while a student. Vertical Measures, is referred to via a link as providing "...complete Internet marketing services, designed to help businesses improve their online presence and ranking in the most popular search engines on the Internet today. This process results in higher levels of qualified site visitors, as well as greater sales conversion."

Schmitz was "assistant" sports editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Schmitz claims to write and do "video analyses." He apparently worked 3 years 9 months for True Hoops Network's local Phoenix web site--Valley of the, apparently a Phoenix Suns promotional/PR web site. At Valley of the Suns website, he put together, not surprisingly, web site videos.

After graduation, he went to work for the Phoenix Suns D-League team in Bakersfield, CA, as "assistant" video coordinator.

Hypothesis: Schmitz possibly does not know dick from apple butter about analysing basketball players, except (and this is entirely speculation) what some NBA assistant coach, or D-League coach, or college coach, tells him; then perhaps Schmitz goes out and gets clips that rationalize what he has already been told. Just a wild guess of course. And nothing wrong with Schmitz getting his career rolling this way. Everyone's gotta start some where.

jaybate 5 years, 5 months ago

Part 2

Video Style: Clean and clear. Cheapest graphics possible. Hard driving, naught decade porno style music. Saves personal plug for end.

Content: again, perhaps based on someone who has talked to a few basketball assistants, or AAU coaches, and taken notes. Or maybe to someone who has talked to a former KU player on the Phoenix Suns. Or maybe through introduction by a former KU player to a KU coach. And probably a quick Google of what other draft gurus have said.

Assessment of Original Analytical Content: Little, or no apparent original analysis.

Likely Function in Basketball Real Politiks: Coaches and players feed Mike Schmitz information about various players they have passing knowledge of in hopes of getting certain of their own players "rated," and positively marketed and so packaged and placed with relevant sporting franchises (NBA, D-League, Europe, parallel universes, etc.).

Conclusion: Mike Schmitz appears to serve a valid marketing function in the commercial/PR world of basketball. He apparently pulls together KenPom data (or something equivalent), comments from coaches, and maybe ganders a few recruiting guru sites, and makes videos. Neat. But if NBA general managers are making draft decisions influenced by the analysis provided by guys like Mike Schmitz, then the pitiful performances of most NBA GM's on draft day comes starkly in focus.

Career Forecast: Solid, if he can get out of Bakersfield within three years.

Chaser: Mike Schmitz might begin emailing with most of the posters on this web site in order to further his understanding of the game of basketball, if he intends to pursue his current, apparently lucrative video production career. I can assure him that his exposure to basketball in Arizona, both in Tucson and Phoenix combined, would not equal a month in Lawrence. Most of what the assistant coaches are telling him can be learned simply by learning the game himself. If nothing else, by learning the game himself, he could then substitute his likely extensive research time while in Bakersfield, with more time spent at Zuma Beach. A wise rule of thumb once told me by a Californian was this: the less time spent in Bakersfield the better. :-)

Joseph Kuebel 5 years, 5 months ago

Lol. Yes!!! Very wise words from the bate this time, kids! The least amount of time in Bakersfield AKA tweakersfield the better... Deeply nested in the armpit of California, Bakersfield is too hot in the summer, and tweaky the entirety of the year (meth lab central- Methzou/Bakersfield status of meth out there; much like the color code for terrorism alerts, Mizzou/Bakersfield is a high red-alert level). Avoid Bakersfield at all cost.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

"The Scout's Eye" descrip took a big body blow from the "Jam" logo on his t-shirt.

And Bakersfield smells like dirt. About the only good thing is that it is the doorway to the Beautiful Kern River.

swunruh 5 years, 5 months ago

The Philly Daily News article is highlighted by the reader comments. Make sure you check those also. None of them are as profound as jaybate.

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 5 months ago

Has held opponents to 8-41 on jumpers. Wow!

jaybate 5 years, 5 months ago

Dick Jerardi is new to me.

He is a pro.

His prose reads like the prose of a pro.

Yes, he gave us some strokes.

And yes it would have hurt, if he had slapped us.

But he is what a sports writer is supposed to be.

He can tell a story and turn a phrase and make you like both.

Philadelphia is to America, what Lawrence is to college basketball.

I love them both.

Rock Chalk, Dick Jerardi.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

About the only downside of the article is confusing national and NCAA championships. (5 vs. 3)

"And those three national championships (1952, 1988 and 2008)."

Tought the "think Palestra with an second level" was a nice put it in perspective comment.

panalytic 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the nice links!! I would not have seen this stuff if not put here.

I even went ahead and voted for Joey!!

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Joey is now at 48%, but still 3% (600 +/- votes) behind a softball player. Come on folks. Let's show the power of the 'Hawk.

Gary McCullough 5 years, 5 months ago

The close of the Jerardi article:

Whatever KU has done on the court or is about to do, the fans come early and stay late, close game or rout. They love their state. They love their team. They love the game.

Amen, Brother!

kranny 5 years, 5 months ago

Schmitz is spot on about Ben, like it or not. But...a lot of the weaknesses are simply experience issues not ability issues especially on the ball on defense. He's already improved on that. Over the past few games. Also, i didn't see any Ohio State vid. He was great on defense in that game. Academic issues are a moot point also now. Mr. Schmitz needs to check his gap listed in past articles.

kranny 5 years, 5 months ago

Needs to check GPA is what I meant to say.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the tip. Great article about KU basketball.

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