Wednesday, September 27, 2017

KU Boot Camp comes to a close; Late Night on deck

The 2017-18 Kansas men's basketball team poses for a photo inside Allen Fieldhouse to mark the end of Boot Camp 2017 on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

The 2017-18 Kansas men's basketball team poses for a photo inside Allen Fieldhouse to mark the end of Boot Camp 2017 on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.


The end of KU’s always-dreaded preseason boot camp finally arrived Wednesday morning, after eight grueling, early-morning sessions during the past two weeks, with every member of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball roster smiling and still in one piece.

“They did well,” KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World Wednesday afternoon. “Everyone completed everything and did well.”

Seven of the 14 players on KU’s roster participated in boot camp for the first time, making Self’s confirmation that everyone survived all the more impressive.

While KU’s official basketball Twitter account posted pictures of the final day, along with a group shot of the team standing tall after it was all over, KU senior Devonte’ Graham took to Snapchat to post a celebratory video of him and his teammates relaxing in the locker room after the final day of this year’s boot camp and the final boot camp run of Graham’s career.

With that, the Jayhawks now will get a few days off to relax and recover before officially opening the 2017-18 season Saturday night with Late Night in the Phog.

Despite their crazy schedule of boot camp, class, tutoring and work in the weight room, the Jayhawks still have found time during the past couple of weeks to fit in Late Night practices, not for the basketball portion but for the skits and dancing that comes before it.

The year’s event, which will be headlined by Grammy-nominated rap star Lil Yachty, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for KU students and 5 p.m. for the general public, and all seats are handed out on a first-come-first-served basis until Allen Fieldhouse reaches capacity.

Checking in on Carey

According to Corey Evans, a national basketball analyst at, members of the Kansas coaching staff were in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday to check in on forward Vernon Carey, the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.

Carey, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound athletic and powerful forward from University High, is regarded by’s Eric Bossi as a “strong and skilled” big man who also is a solid shooter. Bossi calls Carey “the most skilled, most polished” big man in the 2019 class and adds that “he has a college-ready body.”

Landing Carey will be an absolute battle, with the talented junior already holding an impressive list of offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, North Carolina and UCLA, along with KU.

Investigation fallout

Shortly after placing head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave, Louisville learned that two Top 100 players in the Class of 2018 who had pledged their services to the university had elected to de-commit.

Guards Anfernee Simons (No. 16 in the class per and Courtney Ramey (No. 39) both announced their intentions to reopen their recruitments.

Pitino and Jurich were placed on administrative leave after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that its men's basketball program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits.

According to multiple reports, Simons, a 6-2, 175-pound, five-star guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida (the same school as KU commitment Silvio De Sousa), was one of the more impressive players on the Under Armor AAU circuit this summer.

At the time of his commitment, Simons did not have an offer from KU, according to Rivals.

Ramey, a 6-3, 170-pound, four-star point guard from Webster Groves High in Missouri also did not have a KU offer according to the Rivals database.

The Cardinals now have zero commitments in the 2018 recruiting class.


Tim Orel 5 years, 2 months ago

Louisville may have a death penalty imposed by the NCAA or they may get the equivalent by no players of note being willing to go to the school. I feel sorry for any players not associated with this mess who are stuck there.

Matt Stone 5 years, 2 months ago

Well if Garland, Grimes or Dotson never make it, that gives 2 more potential choices in the mix.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 2 months ago

The story at the big e is that a bunch of the case is based on payments to the family of a committed recruit. Definitely don't want another Alexander. Especially with already being an Addidas school.

Austin Lopez 5 years, 2 months ago

It's situations like these where the NCAA needs to look into the transfer rules! If the death penalty comes down those kids should be able to transfer and not sit a year! This mess isn't there fault!

Steve Zimmerman 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm surprised the scandal didn't involve UK, too. Anyway, can't wait to watch our team having lobs party on the court..!!

Dirk Medema 5 years, 2 months ago

It would be difficult for an Adidas scandal to include a Nike school though Cal might be able to accomplish it.

Brian Leslie 5 years, 2 months ago

The majority of the indictments involve Nike schools, so it's not just an Adidas scandal (although they were the specific shoe company providing bribes). I think we're seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point. If (Nike school) Sean Miller joins Rick PItino in losing his job, then the whole college basketball world has exploded and will never be the same.

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