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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Bobo’ picks LSU

from Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

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J'Mison "Bobo" Morgan, a 6-10 senior center from Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, chose LSU over KU, UCLA, Alabama and Cincinnati on Friday at a news conference at the high school.

Morgan had hats of the five schools lined up on the table behind which he was sitting. He put the LSU hat on his head, indicating his choice. He said Alabama was his runner-up.

"It was a difficult decision. I wanted to choose a place I felt comfortable at, and I thought LSU was a better fit for me than the others," Morgan said. "I have a great relationship with the coaches and the team, and, mainly, I just felt the most comfortable there."

South Oak Cliff coach James Mays said: "He couldn't have gone wrong with any of his five choices, but made a great pick. All of those schools that recruited him worked in a way that was respectable and fair."

KU, which could award up to seven scholarships, has received oral commitments from Markieff and Marcus Morris, 6-10 and 6-8 from Philadelphia; Quintrell Thomas, 6-8, Newark, N.J.; Travis Releford, 6-4, Kansas City; and Mario Little, 6-5, Chicago.

Juco Junction on Friday deemed Chipola (Fla.) Community College sophomore standout Little the No. 1 junior-college player in the country.

Devoe Joseph, 6-2 from Ontario, Canada, will visit KU, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Virginia Tech in coming weeks. Willie Warren, 6-3 from Fort Worth, Texas, who is considering KU, Oklahoma and others, will sign in the spring.

Comments

jayhawkinATL 14 years, 8 months ago

Wow...Alabama was his second choice!!!! He was definitely looking for a place where he would be showcased.

jaybate 14 years, 8 months ago

With Shaq, Big Baby, and Bobo, LSU is becoming the new home of the big man in college basketball.

When are these big men going to figure out that LSU is not a place to become the best you can be in hoops?

14 years, 8 months ago

jaybate, don't forget Stanley Roberts and John "Hot Plate" Williams :)

speedy 14 years, 8 months ago

it seems to me that someone should point out ku beat all of those lsu teams. wrong choice morgan.. not going to be there long are you? or ???

kuguy08 14 years, 8 months ago

man i didnt think Little was "Number 1 Player in the Country" material

ku98 14 years, 8 months ago

Don't get too excited too soon about Little. JUCO does not always mean much. For every Larry Johnson-type player, you often have 20 Jelani Janisses... so let's wait and see.

jaybate 14 years, 8 months ago

txrockchalk, thanks for the memory augmentation. i had forgotten about those two loads. so: maybe big men have a genetic predisposition to beignets? :-)

jaybate 14 years, 8 months ago

ku98, Your skepticism about juco players is warranted, but...

We are talking about a bell curve here. Larry Johnson represents the high impact tail. Jelani Janisse represents the no impact tail. Most juco ballers fall in the mid range--journeyman types who play but don't rewrite the legacy much.

Hence, its fair to bet Little won't have LJ impact and its also fair to bet he won't have Jelani no impact.

Probably, he'll play some just because KU lacks depth at either true 2 or small 3 and he might contribute at either spot.

I'm positive Bill Self is thoroughly sick of his lack of depth at both positions. Mario, the interim era of reduced scholarships is a great solution.

The incoming recruit who can do what BRush does on defense and on the boards is who is going to really get minutes next year. Rush has totally spoiled Bill Self with what you can do defensively with a major stopper at the three. Marcus can no doubt outscore little, but he better learn to play some D and board quick. I've heard Little already can.

kerbyd 14 years, 8 months ago

Well at least he didn't take off that hat and put on another hat like someone else we know.

ralsterKUMed95 14 years, 8 months ago

Interesting discussion. I heard some commentators who had directly spoken with Self prior to the PSU game, about his general philosophy, and about how he does not like the "1-guard" and "2-guard" distinction (in name or in concept)--they quoted him as saying he wants multiple guards who can dribble, drive, defend, and score...so one never knows where the threat is coming from. It seems we can categorize Self's KU teams as guards, wing, forward, center. I personally am nervous about the 3 guards-at-the-same-time offense because of the potential matchup problems, but I defer to Self. I see the inherently solid idea of multiple guards skilled enough to do it all, as foul trouble or injury will have less of an impact on us compared to a team with 1 true pt-guard. (What would happen to TX if Augustin went down for the year, or if TJ Ford had went down a few years ago, or A.Miles for KU--big dropoff). The answer to the 3-guard attack may be simply in having more depth this year--could have Rush, Stewart, and either Case or Reed be another set of three (to use in ANY combination)--WOW!! 10-man rotation...wow! We should play faster this year, exactly as Self wants, because with 10deep, we will wear almost anybody down by the 4th period...

milehighhawker 14 years, 8 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought there were only 2 periods

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