James Naismith's boyhood home for sale; 4-year-old KU fan sad to see Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson go


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Here's a part of James Naismith's history that has no chance of being featured in front of Allen Fieldhouse.

The boyhood home of Naismith — Kansas' first men's basketball coach and inventor of the game of basketball — is being sold in Almonte, Ontario, Canada.

Naismith house

Naismith house by Jesse Newell

There are plenty of photos of the property in case you're interested in checking it out, including a plaque from the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario that states, in part, "This is the boyhood home of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Born in a house that formerly stood on this lot, he entered McGill University in 1883 where he was active in athletics."

The three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house is listed at 979,900 Canadian dollars, which is roughly $950,000 in the United States.

On our message boards, user Pay_Heed posted a video of his 4-year-old daughter who adorably says she doesn't want to see any KU basketball games next year because "there are other players now."

With tears in her eyes, she repeatedly tells her parents she wants the Jayhawks' old players back.

"I can't even watch KU any more," she says after listing Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore and Elijah Johnson as her favorites.

• ESPN's Jay Bilas ranks KU's Ben McLemore as the No. 1 prospect on his "Best Players Available" list for the 2013 NBA Draft (subscription required).

Bilas cites McLemore as the player in the draft "most likely to mature into an All-Star."

• Former KU assistant Joe Dooley talks more about his new life as Florida Gulf Coast's head coach in this story from ESPN's Jason King.

And finally, KU is expected to officially announce Jerrance Howard as its new assistant to replace Dooley soon, and here's an interesting 2007 article from the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette showing Howard's recruiting chops even when he was still a player at UI.

Turns out he was one of the main reasons Dee Brown and Deron Williams decided to stay at Illinois after — you guessed it — Bill Self left to become the coach at KU.


kellerman411 9 years, 2 months ago

  1. USD is still more valuable than another currency?

  2. The guy totally calls out Elijah and says he'll be playing in the European league. Easily my favorite part of that clip. Not that it isn't true but I don't think Elijah is ready to accept that yet.

  3. Jay Bilas is an attorney. Always believe what an attorney tells you.

  4. As for Mclemore, I don't think any teams are showing their hand. He could still go #1.

  5. Dooley better be slathering on that SPF 150 for those beach runs.

  6. Nice hire by self, I think bringing in some youth is a good for the program. He'll be able to connect with a kid in ways that Bill simply cannot.

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 2 months ago

Currently 1 Cdn dollar is worth about 97 cents US. The exchange rate has been going back and forth.

aerohawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Out of all the talking heads for College BB, I put Jay Bilas at the top of the list.

mom_of_three 9 years, 2 months ago

that video is priceless! I feel like that every year.... lol.

Suzi Marshall 9 years, 2 months ago

Yea, me too. Been that way for the last 50 years. Kansas has been able to reload with quality people. Everyone is so proud of the 4 graduating seniors and the exradinary balance Self achieves with these student/athletes. In additioin to the NBA players and future coaches, I'm hoping some of these guys go onto great professional careers, i.e. Tommy Kivisto, Ken Koenigs, Chris Barthouse, etc.

Jack Jones 9 years, 2 months ago

Yes ~ even I ( a Jayhawk fan for 66 years) can empathize with this young person. Every year-after-year, the deep sense of loss ~~ but then Voila' ~ the sun rises again the following year and this particular "cycle of life" begins anew.

She is a wonderful example of ~ and a tribute to what it means to be a bona fide member of the GREATEST ~ THE JAYHAWK NATION. We are definitely in good hands (albeit small in this particular instance) going forward.

DDDHawk 9 years, 2 months ago

That video is so touching! What a wonderful young fan!

Michael Auchard 9 years, 2 months ago

Totally awesome video by pay_heed's daughter. I'd feel the same way, but I'm jaded and bordering on ancient these days. Plus, you know, all that talent coming in.

Bill Moorhead 9 years, 2 months ago

C'mon, HCBS/KU Athletics! Here's a teachable moment. Wat-u-gonna-do for this 4-year-old fan? Somebody send this to 'em.

RockChalk26 9 years, 2 months ago

Yep she will be have a panic attack in no time. Welcome to my life.

jaybate 9 years, 2 months ago

in a parallel universe, James Naismith stayed in Canada and invented basketball there, where it became a minor sport like curling.

At the same time, the father of modern curling,--note: the game actually dates back to medieval Scotland, Canadian Dudley McNaughton, came to America instead of to Canada and introduced the game on the winter ice of Orchard Lake, Michigan, instead of Montreal, Canada. McNaughton quickly left Orchard Lake, Michigan and became the first curling instructor of the University of Kansas.

Eventually McNaughton became athletic director and then chancellor and Agg Phallen became the curling coach with the greatest record in the first half century of the game's existence in USA.

The greatest curler of all time, Chilt Wamberlain, enrolled at KU in 1957 and lead KU to three strait national curling championships, defeating UNC each time in the finals, and went on to set every individual curling record in the NCA (the National Curling Association), while also claiming to romance tens of thousands of women.

A series of great coaches reclaimed KU curling from a low point in the late 1970s. Barry Lown turned the tide by hiring Med Danning as his assistant and recruiting Med's son Manny Danning to become greatest curling big man in KU's second half century. Coach Lown was followed by Woy Rilliams who recruited the entire country and won 9 national curling championships in his 15 years at KU before telling UNC to stick it in their ears and moving to retire in Wrightsville with his wonderful wife Wonder. Frob Bederick, his AD was never fired, but rather retired to Wrightsville with Woy, and together they operated a fishing charter on a 31 foot Albemarle until they figured out that Albury Brothers built a much better boat in the Bahamas and they picked a wooden one up for a song, when fiberglass got popular. Frad Bedericks, Frob's son, went to KU and became an assistant curling coach at KU before going on to fame and fortune by taking over the reins at UNC and cleaning up the dysfunction there created by Smeen Dith, who always wished he had gone to KU to learn curling under Agg Phrallen, but was turned down as a walk on for having a psych profile the would lead him to later betray KU curling by forcing its head coach, his former assistant, to recruit only west of the Mississippi. After the 9 curling championships, it was believed that KU could rise no higher in the curling annals. But with the hire of Sill Belf, from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical, a run of national curling championships followed that continues to this day.

Now, back to your universe.

Kc Ticketguy 9 years, 2 months ago

that little girl is adorable! Every year one or two or three guys leave that you wish you could just watch play a little more. so true

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 2 months ago

The parent's need to tell that little girl about Wiggins and crew and how much better our team is going to be! Throw a #22 jersey on that cute little girl!

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