Monday, May 8, 2006

KU hoops recruit to reveal long-awaited decision


The lips were pretty much sealed Sunday, making today's news conference announcing the college choice of prep basketball standout Darrell Arthur all the more intriguing.

Of everyone in Arthur's inner circle - Arthur, his mother Sandra, AAU coach Jazzy Hartwell and high school coach James Mays - only Mays was picking up his phone Sunday night. He said that although a news conference - slated for 12:30 p.m. today - was scheduled days ago, Arthur didn't 100-percent decide on a school at that time.

"It was a deadline for him and his folks," Mays told the Journal-World. "Whether he's ready or not, he's going to do something (today) at 12:30."

Mays - like everyone else close to Arthur - gave no clues about what the McDonald's All American might do. A 6-foot-9 forward out of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas, Arthur will choose between Kansas University, Baylor and LSU. Backing up Mays' comment Sunday, Arthur's mother, Sandra, said Saturday that even after the news conference was scheduled that Arthur had "not quite" made up his mind.

Arthur and his inner circle have stayed remarkably close to the vest regarding the decision. The mystery has spawned endless speculation on the Internet - there is chatter on message boards linking Arthur to each choice in his final three, including several rumors that Baylor is the pick. However, nothing floating around anywhere has substantial evidence to back it up.

Today's announcement will end months of heavy recruitment and questions surrounding the future of Arthur, who led South Oak Cliff to two state championships the last two seasons.

Mays, though, said all the attention hasn't worn Arthur down at all.

"No, it's not a relief thing," Mays said. "The kid took his time to go through everything and make his decision. It's not like it was weighing on him."

Arthur will make his announcement at the Moorland Family YMCA in south Dallas, where Jazzy Hartwell works.

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craigers 16 years, 3 months ago

I guess if he wants to be the superstar like in high school then he will pick Baylor, but if he wants to be part of a great team then he will come to KU.

djmac 16 years, 3 months ago

i just hope he comes...i think that if he's willing to work....he'll contribute as soon as he sets foot in lawrence. He'd make us that much better...and i think Giles, Sasha, and DJ will improve more if he comes. They'll think....oh man, i better step up....i gotta get mine.

Craig Lang 16 years, 3 months ago

I disagree that Arthur will "contribute" anything to the team. Instead, I expect he'll try to dominate, and when the coaches rest of the team realizes how selfish of a player and person he is, he'll see more and more time on the bench, until he transfers to LSU or Baylor.

Sorry, but I don't buy that Arthur is the golden boy that so many people think he is.

Decade_of_Dominance 16 years, 3 months ago

Take a good look in the mirror "Phog" Your boys are so pathetic that even when you cheat, you still win nothing. Must be painful to be awful year after year.

BuckTurgidson 16 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the comedy relief DofD.

Most of us equate 'pathetic' with not being able to win a single NCAA Tournament game year after year (since 1988 in someone's case.) Or being unwanted by even the year after year (the last eight in someone's case.) Or losing year after year after year after year after year to your in-state rival (31 straight in someone's case.) Now THAT'S painful. And pitiful. And ignominious. And laughable. No wonder a school with that level of futility felt the nedd to hire a coach who had put hi steam on probation. No wonder at all.

Speaking of laughable, how about no national championships and one (count 'em ONE) tainted conference title being tought of as a 'Decade Of Dominance'! That's my definition of 'winning nothing'. But then again, if that same team finished in last place in the Big XII North each of the last two years, I guess I'd create a fanciful nickname for that program too.

Danny Reece 16 years, 3 months ago

By putting on a public dog and pony show, this just goes to show you what type of character this guy has.

Displayhawk 16 years, 3 months ago

Seems to me that he is considering everything before agreeing to sign with one school. We all would do the same if we were changing jobs. Maybe if more of these kids would do the same, there would be fewer transfers. It sounds like the kid has a heart, and is considering Baylor because it is close to home and LSU because his best friend might go there. I hope he comes to KU and will cheer for him no matter how long he stays.

John Brown 16 years, 3 months ago

If he wants to be a superstar he'll attend KU. More pro scouts will be attending KU games to see Rush, Chalmers, Wright, and Sherrod and we will get tremendously more National TV games than LSU or Baylor. He may be the only star on the Baylor team but then again who will be watching Baylor? I can't imagine a kid passing up the opportunity to play in Allen Field House in front of a full house every night for sparse crowds at LSU and Baylor.

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