Sunday, April 24, 2011

Royce Woolridge plans visits


Kansas University freshman basketball guard Royce Woolridge, who recently announced plans to transfer, will make three official visits in coming weeks.

Woolridge, 6-foot-3 from Phoenix, will visit Washington State, Utah and the University of Nevada, he confirmed on Saturday. He has not decided on his final two visits.


Miguel Colón 11 years, 5 months ago

Best of luck Royce! Check out Gonzaga or Butler. I think you are major college talent.

Funhawk 11 years, 5 months ago

We wish Royce the best. I recall Royce's interview on the Bill Self Show. He left quite an impression on me. And again, after his announcement of leaving, his departing words were nothing but compliments of KU. Its like you took a new job, but months later resign because you were disappointed. It didn't work out. Then you vent to the rest of the staff after resigning. How many employees leave saying good things about the employer they are leaving?

This player in departing left us a verbal example. Royce is a class act and hate to see him go, but the man deserves playing time somewhere. Will definitely be rooting for Royce wherever he ends up. Wherever Royce Woolridge goes, whatever he does in life, I know the young man will do well.

Jayhawklegacy 11 years, 5 months ago

+1 Great kid with Great focus ...Just bad timing at ku. Wish him the best and hope he makes best with his abilities!!!!

cklarock 11 years, 5 months ago

+1 Funhawk is fun. And right.

Best of luck, Royce!

Cmill1221 11 years, 5 months ago

As a unlv student please pick someplace othere than Nevada! I dint want them getting any better!! Good luck!

Ashtin Meerpohl 11 years, 5 months ago

I wish him the best of luck! I thought he was going to go to a smaller school to play so that he could play right away. If he transfer to a D1 he'll have to sit out one more year again delaying his playing time.

jaybate 11 years, 5 months ago

Royce's dad, Orlando, coaches the Arizona Rhinos of the ABA and played in the NBA, so he's probably got an extensive network of the college coaching connections.

Royce's Brother Renaldo has played little for Pearl at UTenn and now faces Cuonzo Martin's new regime as a senior.

Royce did better on the character meter with Self, but apparently didn't have the talent to get the kind of PT he wanted.

So now he considers three programs.

Utah: Larry Krystkowiak--maybe an old friend of Orlando's from NBA days--just hired to rebuild Utah. Probably up tempo. Since he's just starting, he won't jump before Royce is done.

Wash State: Tony Bennet--Old straight shooter Dick Bennett's son trying to do it the right way and trying to keep it together in Pullman, after some initial succes; slow ball and banging. Bennett looks like a lifer at WSU. He won't jump on Royce.

Nevada: David Carter--Carter is an LA Crenshaw kid who went to St. Mary's and then assisted at Eastern Michigan, and St. Mary's, before assisting first Trent Johnson at UNev, then Mark Fox. Trent Johnson jumped from UNev to Stanford to LSU. Mark Fox, born in Garden City, KS, assisted first Dana Altman, then Tom Asbury at KSU. Altman's an Okie Baller. Asbury was an LA guy from Pepperdine. Fox has Okie Baller ties. When Fox took off for Georgia, Carter took over UNev. Carter has indirect Okie Baller connections. Carter seems reliably set for Royce's remaining years.

Bennett and Carter appear to be "do it the right way" guys.

Krystkowiak is a Basin and Range guy with an NBA career and perhaps someone poppa Orlando knows.

The common themes are PT available and ethical coaches not likely to leave.

Dan Harris 11 years, 5 months ago

Impressive knowledge of coaching lineage. Do you really know that much info on basketball , or just spend countless hours on google? (all this at 4:30 am no less!)

jaybate 11 years, 5 months ago

As the mistakes about Tony Bennett having departed two years back from WSU, I do about half of it from memory and half from wikipedia cross checks on coaches. It actually only took me about three minutes to write the above post, errors and all. :-)

Andy Tweedy 11 years, 5 months ago

Last year, when Tennessee played Kansas, Royce's brother mentioned they really didn't know each other. I'm not sure how tight knit a family we're talking about here. That made me assume Royce was raised primarily by his mother...

jaybate 11 years, 5 months ago

P.S.: I'm kind of surprised Unibrow down at Norman didn't pick Royce up, but maybe that would have been impolitic to turn around and play against KU.

Jack Wilson 11 years, 5 months ago

Also, I think there is a two year requirement to sit out if you do transfer in-conference. Axtell, when he came from Texas, had that waived because of the disclosure of his grades. I assume that rule is still in place.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 5 months ago

Not sure but it can be waived by the school the player transfers from.

rchance 11 years, 5 months ago

if you transfer from one big 12 school to another then the year you sit out counts toward your eligbility. so he would lose a year of playing time and sure he doesn't want to do that.

jaybate 11 years, 5 months ago

P.P.S.: I still think he will visit one of the two Arizona schools and I would think Tad Boyle at CU would be a likely.

Troll_or_AntiTroll 11 years, 5 months ago

I'd like to see him at University of Phoenix.

David Hodges 11 years, 5 months ago

Maybe share a few of your experiences from when you attended the UoP to try and persuade him to enroll... although I'd assume he would want to talk with someone that was at least able to graduate from such an institution. Here's to all of your mean spirited comments one day breaking the karmic damn and washing you down the river. Hope you can swim! Good luck Royce! You will always be a part of the Jayhawk family in my eyes. You are a class act and a kid who isn't afraid to go after what is in your best interests. Don't listen to those that have obviously failed at life and do their best to project that onto others. Rock Chalk!

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 5 months ago

Only if their basketball arena compares with the football stadium!

jlvlawrence 11 years, 5 months ago

I believe Tony Bennett is at Virginia and Ken Bone is the new coach at wazzu

FRW 11 years, 5 months ago

jaybate.....Tony Bennett just finished his second year at Virginia.

jaybate 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I am losing it.

Just consider my posts as musings from Club Alzheimers. :-)

kranny 11 years, 5 months ago

I have a feeling that we're going to wish he had played more and stayed at KU. I still feel he's going to be a good one. It seems that Bill doesn't have time to wait for "works in progress" but he's able to live with very inconsistent play from Tyshawn for 3 years. We passed up on Trevor Releford and he took Bama to the NIT finals his freshman year with 11ppg, and 3.4 apg and hit the game winning layup against CU to get them to the finals. I'm never one to second guess a national championship coach but Royce wasn't the Arizona player of the year because of his "looks". The boy averaged over 30 points a game in high school and played with a Killer mentality. Hope there are no regrets on this one.

Jeff Coffman 11 years, 5 months ago

Did you just compare our point guard to a point guard that led a team to the Not-Invited-Tournament?

Tyshawn might have room for improvement, but let's not forget under his three years at KU.

Three Big XII regular season championships (The Big XII is much better than the SEC in basketball, especially over the past 3 years).

Two Big XII tournament championships. Three appearances in the NCAA tournament (including an elite 8). Two years with more than 30 wins (including one with 35). An overall record of 95-14 in the three years he was here (I realize not all of those games he played in). And only one home loss in his tenure.

Sorry, but I'm pretty sure that Bill Self has picked a solid point guard.

kranny 11 years, 5 months ago

The Big 12 is my conference going back to the old Big 8, and I went to KU but for the point of argument, the SEC has 3 different teams in the final four 3 of the last 6 years(including one this year) with 2 National Champions. The big 12-one. NIT or not is irrelevant. Bama beat Kentucky in the regular season, Kentucky went final 4, the Hawks got beat by VCU because of very poor guard play and they lost to Northern Iowa last year because of poor guard play. My point is that we had better give our guards experience to play so they they can play well down the stretch. Trevor Releford can play and he's a Kansas boy. If we can offer to Reed and Morningstar we should sure as Heck ought to offer to Releford also.

coolbjayhawk 11 years, 5 months ago

What the what is kranny talking about 3 sec teams in the final 4? Is kranny talking one year or all years? Other big 12 and big 8 teams have been to the final 4 besides kansas .

REHawk 11 years, 5 months ago

Once again, Royce, best of luck to you wherever you go. You are a class act. I look to see your name on someone's stat sheets somewhere down the pike.

Craig Colgin 11 years, 5 months ago

If he's going to another D1 school to sit out for a year, why not stay and have atleast a chance of playing some during that year. By the following season he could be seeing alot of minutes here. Maybe not I guess, I don't know.

AsadZ 11 years, 5 months ago

What baffles me is that Royce was saying "immediate playing time" as the reason for transfer. At that time most fans were contemplating that he would be looking at a D II school since he would have to sit for one year when transferring to a D1 school.

But he is looking at all D1 schools and will have to wait for one year. This would be a contradiction to his reason given of immediate playing time.

Lance Hobson 11 years, 5 months ago

I wish we could have kept him, I think he would have been great.

bad_dog 11 years, 5 months ago

What information in the article could possibly have lead you to make that assumption?

Oh, I get it. You're just trolling again. Never mind.

Got any other "mind blowing" revelations Nostradamus?

Didn't think so.......................

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