Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vegas prep relishes visit from Self

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend held an in-home visit with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High senior Stephen Zimmerman on Monday night.

Zimmerman, the No. 10-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2015 by, said a good time was had by all.

“The coaching staff showed us a couple of videos,” Zimmerman, a 7-foot, 240-pound senior, told “One of the videos was a digital tour of what things will look like if I decide to attend Kansas. They showed a video of some of the past big men that have played at Kansas and how they performed. Coach Self also showed us a video of what the atmosphere is like at Kansas during a game. It was pretty cool. Kansas really, really covered everything.”

Zimmerman will visit North Carolina (Oct. 4), KU (for the Oct. 10 Late Night), Kentucky (Oct. 17), UCLA (Oct. 24) and Arizona (Nov. 7).

“This is one of the big things that will help me decide where I want to go. I think five visits will be good, and that will be it. Distance really isn’t a big deal,” Zimmerman said.

Self was to visit No. 7-ranked Ivan Rabb, 6-9 from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, California, on Tuesday night. And he’s slated to visit No. 19 Tyler Dorsey, 6-4 from Maranatha High in Pasadena, California, today.

Howland, Greenberg to speak: Former UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg will be featured speakers at Bill Self’s Kansas Basketball Coaches Clinic on Oct. 18-19 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Greenberg also was head coach at Long Beach State and South Florida. Howland also was head coach at Pittsburgh and Northern Arizona.

For more information on the clinic go to

Hudy to sign book: Andrea Hudy, KU’s assistant athletic director for sports performance, will sign copies of her book, “Power Positions,” from 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 25, at Oread Hotel. Books will be on sale at the event and free tickets can be obtained at

“Power Positions is designed to provide specific exercise prescriptions just like a doctor’s medical prescriptions to an athlete based upon the position that he or she plays,” Hudy said. “An athlete is an athlete, but the position in the sport that you play is where the difference lies in terms of specific strength development, sequencing of force production and training. The training programs outlined in this book are neither age or gender specific; they are for everyone.”

For a recent Journal-World story on Hudy’s book go to

Self lauded by SI: Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis praised KU coach Self in an article at

“When it comes to discussing the best recruiters in the game, it seems the list is only allowed to include two people — Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari, with the occasional Sean Miller tossed in. But Self is just as successful as those powerhouse procurers,” Davis wrote. “His classes might not always have the same one-and-done sizzle (heading into last season very few basketball people believed Joel Embiid would be gone after his freshman year), but Self almost never has an ‘off’ year on the trail. And that means no ‘down’ years during the season.

“Self’s recruiting success results from more than just his charm. It’s also his strategy. He generally targets several of the top players at each position he is looking to fill. If the players dither too long, they know they might lose their shot at coming to KU. On the few occasions where Self does lose a player to another school, he has a backup ready to step in.”


Ryan Zimmerman 8 years, 2 months ago

Really hoping to get Zimmerman...for several reasons:)

Craig Hagelgantz 8 years, 2 months ago

Refreshing to see a young man speak for himself rather than parents, coaches, or "advisors".

Kyle Sybesma 8 years, 2 months ago

I would love to see the videos Self shows the recruits. I would even love to know how an in home visit goes.

Rodney Crain 8 years, 2 months ago

How about we sign somebody in the Top 70, soon? It seems the top teams have already signed someone out of that group. There are not a lot of players or backup players available and Cal will need a lot of players next year...

Robert Brock 8 years, 2 months ago

Have you noticed the huge haul that Calapari has brought in?

Rodney Crain 8 years, 2 months ago

Cal has one, but he is going to lose 4-7 to next year. He might take 3-6 out of the top 70, that leaves 25-26 players left. The available list is getting shorter every week.

Ron Sterling 8 years, 2 months ago

We're targeting a lot of top 20 guys and most of them are still uncommitted. The prettiest girls are usually the last ones to tie the knot. Unless you want to start settling now, we can probably wait for some of them to at least make it campus before demanding that they commit already.

Rodney Crain 8 years, 2 months ago

You mean Top 14 don't you? 6 of those guys are gone. We seem to be the last girl at the dance the last few years....

Dirk Medema 8 years, 2 months ago

Late Night always closes the deal someone, and there are a bunch of top recruits coming this year. Does someone know who is on the LN list?

Rodney Crain 8 years, 2 months ago

It will be interesting if we get anyone this year, since KY's late night is a week later than ours and they will have some PT to offer next year, plus their new digs. Just getting a little anxious watching every other program get commits and we have nothing yet.

Joseph Bullock 8 years, 2 months ago

We will probably lose 4 players. Cliff, Kelly, Perry, & Wayne. And actually, there are still quite a few excellent players who have not committed. My first choice is Zimmerman! We will get some outstanding players. Once a few of them commit, the others will fall like dominos! That is how it works. Most are waiting to see where the top guys go (and we could snag a couple of the top guys, too)! Not to worry! Rock Chalk!

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