For the past three weeks, Diallo had been held out of team activities. It’s because of a rule that prohibits newcomers who have not yet been approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center from participating in team-related activities after a certain amount of time on campus expires.
“It was not us getting it done. That was how the NCAA viewed it, that they thought circumstances of his situation is to allow him to practice until it’s resolved because we don’t know the exact timetable,” Self said of Wednesday’s ruling.
Self said, “We don’t know,” when asked when the Eligibility Center will make its final determination on Diallo’s eligibility.
“It doesn’t make any difference now. He’s practicing,” Self said. “I’m totally confident we’ll know something before the first game (Nov. 4 exhibition). Hopefully we’ll know something in a couple weeks, but there’s no guarantee on anything.”
…KU’s players are scheduled to move into their new apartments, the $12 million McCarthy Hall, a week from today, Self told the Journal-World.
“It’s good,” Self said of the complex. “There’s all kind of new student housing on campus. We’re most concerned with McCarthy Hall. There’s the brand new facility on Daisy Hill. They renovated scholarship halls. It’s pretty good housing right now on our campus.”
It won’t impact the Kansas University basketball team’s on-the-court lineup, but coach Bill Self announced Wednesday one of his Jayhawks suffered a season-ending injury.
Forward Dwight Coleby, who transferred to Kansas during the offseason from Ole Miss, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and won’t be able to practice with the Jayhawks in 2015-16 as planned.
“Dwight tore his ACL last Friday (Sept. 25) during a light team workout,” Self said in a press release. “It was a non-contact injury that was unfortunate for him, particularly because he came here this year to practice against our guys and get better. Even though it is a setback for him, through hard work, he’ll come back and he’ll be stronger than he ever has been by this time next year.”
KU’s coach revealed Coleby, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound big man, will have surgery on his knee the week of Oct. 11 in order for swelling in the injured area to go down between now and then.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m. ET. The fifth annual neutral-site men's doubleheader will be played Tuesday, November 17, at the United Center in Chicago.
This year's event will feature three of the 2015 Final Four teams under one roof.
The Kentucky Wildcats will battle the Duke Blue Devils in game one at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks vs. the Michigan State Spartans at 10 p.m. ET, as the culminating event of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Two Kansas basketball fans will have the opportunity to win $10,000 from men’s coach Bill Self at the 2015 Late Night in the Phog, presented by Hy-Vee, Friday, Oct. 9, at Allen Fieldhouse.
During the evenings’ festivities, one male and one female present at Late Night will be randomly selected to each attempt two half-court shots. Should they make just one of the two attempts, Self will write a $10,000 check made out to them on the spot. Additionally, should the contestant not want to shoot, she and/or he can choose anyone in the facility, other than a current KU player or recruit, to shoot on their behalf. Only high school graduates or older will be eligible for this opportunity.
“I hope they both win,” Self said. “This event is for our fans who come from all over to get a first look at our team and this is a way to give a couple of them a chance to walk away with some cash.”
“It should be a few more weeks and he really can’t do much right now,” Hinkie said. “Once he gets the cast off a more fully-fledged rehab program starts. He’ll start range of motion and he’ll do a lot of that.”
“I’m a rookie and the youngest guy on the team, of course, so there’s a lot of older guys and veterans, guys that have been around,” Oubre, 19, said Wednesday. “So they kind of embraced me as their younger brother so I kind of take that role and I just try to learn from them as much possible.”
…But there’s still some swagger to Oubre. After Tuesday’s practice, Wall joked, “He did a lot of dunking early on but I bet you by Thursday he ain’t going to be doing too much of that.”
When informed of Wall’s assertion Wednesday, Oubre cracked a smile and defended himself.
“My legs actually feel pretty good, man,” he said. “I’m 19. I can still jump so [Thursday] I’ll probably catch him if he’s talking noise.”
"Once I started running and dunking and grabbing every rebound I felt like myself again," he said.
Alexander has the look of NBA big man. He's nearly 250 pounds and sports a 7-3 wingspan. And if the early reviews of his play in camp are any indication, he plays like an NBA big man, too. He doesn't turn 20 until November and if he does make the team he'll likely spend much of season learning from the end of the bench. But after a bumpy journey from high school phenom to NBA hopeful, Alexander is just happy to get a shot. Training camp and the preseason games will serve as his extended job interview and like any smart new employee, Alexander knows to listen to his boss.
"Neil [Olshey] told me to take my time with everything so I'm just listening to him," he said.
Big 12 / College News
An Ames Tribune expose of the cost-saving measures taken by Iowa State administration published Wednesday detailed a scenario after the tournament wherein Cyclones players and staff were ordered to check out of the team hotel after the game and gather with their belongings in a hotel ballroom — using luggage as pillows and blankets — to await their flight back to Iowa nearly a day later.
A Sporting News source was able to confirm the Ames Tribune's report about players sleeping in the hotel ballroom.
…ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard went on a Des Moines radio show on Wednesday afternoon and said that the Ames Tribune's Cyclones beat writer was "misled" about his relationship with the former head coach.
After another offseason with off-the-court turmoil, Indiana University's basketball team returns to the court Friday for the first day of practice.
The Hoosiers finished last season 20-14 with a 9-9 record in Big Ten play and reached the NCAA tournament.
So what can IU fans expect in 2015-16? IndyStar Hoosiers Insider Zach Osterman offers a quick glance:
Who's gone: Hanner Mosquera-Perea, 6-9, F, 6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Stanford Robinson, 6-4, G, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Emmitt Holt, 6-7, F, 3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg.
Who's back: Yogi Ferrell, 6-0, sr., G, 16.3 ppg, 4.9 apg, 41.6 3-pt %; James Blackmon Jr., 6-4, so., G, 15.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 38.7 3-pt %; Troy Williams, 6-7, jr., F, 13 ppg, 7.4 rpg; Robert Johnson, 6-4, so., G, 8.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg; Nick Zeisloft, 6-4, sr., G, 6.6 ppg, 45 3-pt %; Collin Hartman, 6-7, jr., F, 4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 47.5 3-pt %.
Who's new: Max Bielfeldt, 6-8, sr., F, 5.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg (statistics from r-jr. year at Michigan); Thomas Bryant, 6-10, fr., C, 17.3 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 4.5 bpg (statistics from senior year at Huntington Prep).
Player to watch: Ferrell. He has a chance to finish his career as a top-10 career scorer, Indiana's all-time assists leader and one of the best 3-point shooters in program history. He also hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since his freshman season, but as IU's point guard, it will be up to him to sew the Hoosiers many talented pieces together into a Big Ten title contender -- and perhaps more.
Non-conference game to watch: Dec. 2 at Duke. Maryland-North Carolina might be the glitziest of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-ups, but none has more blue-blood heft than IU-Duke. The Blue Devils are the reigning national champions, and the Hoosiers will be fresh from their trip to the Maui Invitational, hoping to prove their national bonafides.
The preseason injury bug has hit Michigan State again.
Spartans forward Kenny Goins has undergone sports hernia surgery and will be out of action for six weeks, the team announced on Wednesday.
Michigan State's season starts six weeks from Friday with a home game against Florida Atlantic. The Spartans open preseason practice this Friday.
Goins came to Michigan State as a preferred walk-on before last season. He redshirted in his first year on campus but was awarded a scholarship for the 2015-16 season and is expected to play a role for Michigan State.
A source with knowledge of the NCAA's case involving Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim confirmed that he has a hearing scheduled with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee in Indianapolis on Monday.
Boeheim and Syracuse University both said in March that they intended to appeal the NCAA's sanctions. The hearing in front of the Infractions Appeals Committee is a regularly-scheduled part of that process. It is not clear if Syracuse's appeal will also be heard Monday.
“To have two schools like Arizona and Kansas recruiting me is unreal.” Lightfoot said. “These are the two teams I rooted for coming up and they are obviously two of the very best teams in the country.
...Expect a decision before October is over.
Gabriel revealed his choice on ESPN.com. He had previously cut his list to Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, Connecticut and Providence.
…The Wildcats also are expected to continue pursuing power forwards Harry Giles and Bam Adebayo, but are expected to now shift their focus to the backcourt, where Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox are two of their more notable targets.
Recruiting Calendar (updated for 2015-16)
Late Night in the Phog
Bill Self Camp KU Alumni games
60 Years of AFH Celebration
Legends of the Phog game
2011-12 Final Border War
KC Prep Invitational
and more, now on YouTube