Monday, May 9, 2016

Josh Jackson makes ‘Super Five’ team

Josh Jackson competes in the dunk contest in the Under Armour Elite 24 Skills Competition on Friday, August 21 in Brooklyn, New York.

Josh Jackson competes in the dunk contest in the Under Armour Elite 24 Skills Competition on Friday, August 21 in Brooklyn, New York.


Incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Jackson was named to the 44th-annual Louisville Courier-Journal Super Five team, which honors the country’s top high school players.

Jackson, a 6-foot-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., earned Super Five mention with incoming Kentucky guards De’Aaron Fox (6-4, Cypress Lakes High, Katy, Texas) and Malik Monk (6-4, Bentonville (Ark.) High), plus incoming Duke forwards Harry Giles (6-10, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and Jayson Tatum (6-7, Chaminade Prep, St. Louis).

Jackson, who is ranked No. 1 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by, and and No. 2 by, averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists his senior season at Prolific Prep.

“I think Jackson is probably going to be the early favorite for national freshman of the year next season,” writes’s Jeff Borzello. “He’s a lockdown defender, can guard multiple positions. He’s got length and he’s athletic. His lateral quickness is very good, and he’s terrific in transition and the fast break and finishing at the rim.

“To me, what separates him from everybody in the 2016 class is his competitiveness, his leadership. You don’t see a lot of guys take so much pride in pretty much every possession. You saw it at the McDonald’s All American practices: he was getting on teammates if they weren’t getting stops and he was frustrated when they weren’t scoring. You don’t usually see that from a high-profile player like that. He didn’t take a play off.”

Youth to be served in N.Y.: The four teams to assemble for the Champions Classic (KU vs. Duke; Michigan State vs. Kentucky) on Nov. 15 in New York have signed 15 consensus top-50 recruits in the Class of 2016, with Marques Bolden and Jarrett Allen still undecided.

They are: KU players Jackson, Udoka Azubuike; Kentucky players Fox, Monk, Bam Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones; Duke players Giles, Tatum, Frank Jackson, Javin DeLaurier; Michigan State players Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston, Nick Ward.

Ellis’ jerseys popular: KU’s Basketball Barnstorming Tour event Friday at Wichita East, which helped raise money for Wichita East’s baseball program, was a near sellout.

Perry Ellis’ white jersey was auctioned off for $2,300, while his blue jersey went for $900.

“Coming back to your hometown, seeing all the KU fans and all the supporters, it’s just a great feeling,” said Wichita Heights grad Ellis in an interview with the Wichita Eagle. The 6-foot-8 Ellis didn’t play in the game at the advice of his agent. The NBA Combine begins Wednesday in Chicago.

“I was working out in Houston for a couple of weeks with John Lucas, then I was in Chicago before coming home,” Ellis told the Eagle. “I’ll head back to Chicago after this to keep getting ready for the Combine and the draft.”

Former KU standout Lynette Woodard, who attended Wichita North, was an honorary coach Friday.

“I love Perry. He’s done a great job for the University of Kansas. Thankfully he came back to give us one more show before he heads to the NBA,” Woodard told the Eagle.


Ryan Zimmerman 6 years ago

Bah-- looks like Florida landed Canyon Barry... one of the transfers that we had a shot at that could actually play this upcoming season. Guess we'll have to get used to the fact that Tyler Self might see some PT this year :/

Zeik Montellioso 6 years ago

Right, because we've got so many unfilled scholarships, T. Self is pretty much guaranteed PT at this point....

Back to reality, starting 5 will likely be: Mason, Graham, Jackson, Bragg, Lucus

Mykhailiuk will probably be first off the bench for guards, and Coleby first off bench for forwards. Vick Azubuike and Lightfoot will probably see decent minutes as well.

Ryan Zimmerman 6 years ago

Just saying Vick isn't proven by any means. I know our starting five. And if Vick plays defense like he did last year, he won't play much. Just saying we need another wing on the roster is all. Coleby, AZ, Lightfoot, all big men and not wings obviously

Marius Rowlanski 6 years ago

I would have liked to see us land Canyon Barry but I don't want to see what happened with Andrew White III also happen with Vick. Looking at his per 40 stats and the numbers are impressive BUT anyone with a brain knows that those stats are skewed due to many of those minutes coming from games that were all but over.

Lagerald Vick shot a decent 47% from of the three but he only had 17 attempts. With Josh and Svi (Graham?) leaving at the end of the season, I think Self will give Vick as many minutes as possible.

Dan Burns 6 years ago

Ryan, I think we'll see more Svi and LaGerald, Tyler will continue to be playing the final 2 min of blowouts.

Layne Pierce 6 years ago

Ryan brings up a valid point, and that is what happens when Mason and Graham, both get in foul trouble, or one of them gets hurt.

Fortunately Svi can more to 3 and Josh can help at 2, he is a good ball handler and known also as a passer.

In other words, the solution is there, that has to be the plan A. Plan B, T. Self comes to the rescue.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years ago

Great news hearing that Kansas will be back in the Garden. Be nice to see us win this time.

Joseph Bullock 6 years ago

Vick will play and will do well. When asked who was the best defender in the team last year, Graham said it was really close between himself and Vick, then said, Vick. Vick was learning the system last year, and getting acclimated to College-he will be fine. And he has length! He just needs more playing time, and I'm sure he will get it!

Allin Herring 6 years ago

Hmm interesting. It seems we are the only team of the 4 Champions Classic teams that have signed only 2 top 50 recruits this year. Could this be why we have only won one these games so far?

Jonathan Allison 6 years ago

trying to relate this season's recruiting class to 5 of 6 years worth of past results... You're hypothesis is nothing more than a red herring.

Jonathan Allison 6 years ago

In my opinion. If we played the Champions classic games in January rather than in mid-November then our record in those games would probably be flipped. So how is it that Kentucky and Duke are more prepared for the "classic" than KU considering that all three schools are bringing in a lot of freshman every year?

My theory on this is that Bill Self's tough love approach is hard on team early on and especially on the freshman, and as the team grows together and gains experience then Self begins to soften his approach and the play tends to loosen up quite a bit. I think that most coaches probably take the same approach as far as setting the tone early of I'm the boss and then softening up as the season progresses, but my hunch is that Self is a little more extreme than most.

As for Michigan State. I'm not sure why they perform better than us in early November. Maybe they have a little better roster continuity?

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