"We've talked about it (not having Diallo) a lot, but we're not going to change how we play," Self told CBS Sports on Wednesday morning. "Although there's no guarantees and everyone is doing their part in terms of looking into it, I believe that we'll play with him (Diallo). So we're going to prepare like that. That doesn't mean that we're going to have him, but sometimes what I believe is also what I hope. I think we'll play the same way with or without Cheick."
Self and Kansas are still waiting for Diallo to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
There is no freshman in college basketball that has a motor like Diallo's. A relentless rebounder, the big man could be the X-Factor as to whether or not the Jayhawks can get to the Final Four and win a national title in 2016.
"It would definitely force our hand to play different if we didn't have him," Self said. "But the one most pleasant surprise we've had so far has been Carlton Bragg. I feel confident that we have enough punch up front, but we just won't be very big if we don't have Cheick."
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Brown remembered Popovich as a hard-working but limited player who tried out for the 1972 Olympic team. Brown remembered him because he remembers EVERYTHING when it comes to basketball.
“He was a good player,” Brown told me. “He impressed me, he really did. He knew where to be. I liked him. When I saw him just hanging around Coach Smith’s practice, I thought, “No, you need to be doing something.”
So, Brown approached Popovich and told him: “You’re not doing anything here. Come back with me to Kansas.”
Popovich did, and it changed his life. He hung around Kansas and big-time basketball for a year. He then returned to Pomona-Pitzer, but after a year of coaching, he went to work for Brown in San Antonio. As we know, he never left. He might just be the best NBA coach of them all.
But the question is: What did Larry Brown see in Gregg Popovich? Yes, OK, he liked Pop’s presence as a player. And he liked the work ethic he was showing. But what did he see? Why would he have, on pure instinct, known to bring Popovich back to Kansas, to give him responsibility and then hire him as an NBA assistant coach out of Pomona-Pitzer?
I asked this question to another guy Larry Brown hired, San Antonio’s superb general manager, R.C. Buford: What the heck did Larry see in Popovich? Buford shook his head. I wasn’t asking the right question. Larry Brown doesn’t exactly see the way most people do. He sees basketball.
“If a wino on the street wandered up to Larry and told him he had a good out-of -bounds play,” Buford said, “Larry would listen.”
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"The NCAA is not above the antitrust laws, and courts cannot and must not shy away from requiring the NCAA to play by the Sherman Act’s rules,” the panel wrote. “In this case, the NCAA’s rules have been more restrictive than necessary to maintain its tradition of amateurism in support of the college sports market. The Rule of Reason requires that the NCAA permit its schools to provide up to the cost of attendance to their student athletes. It does not require more.”
The three-judge appellate panel of Sidney R. Thomas, Jay S. Bybee and Gordon J. Quist was unanimous in its finding that the NCAA’s rules violate antitrust laws.
Thomas added in a partial concurrence and partial dissent that he would have concurred with U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken “in all respects,” including allowing the $5,000 per year above the cost of attendance.
While the NCAA emerges victorious in facing the prospect of schools being able to offer additional money to athletes, the appellate panel’s finding relative to the antitrust laws likely sets the stage for the association to attempt to take the case to the Supreme Court.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Douglass Stull of Lawrence’s OrthoKansas.
LaDonna Ballock reports that just one tear was found and there were “no unexpected surprises.” She indicated Mitchell — who averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game his sophomore season at Eudora High en route to earning first-team all-league, all-state and Journal-World first-team all-area honors — would be able to “start some movements of the shoulder in about a month.”
There’s no official timetable set for his return to basketball-related activities, though past medical cases have shown it can take several months before an athlete’s shoulder is completely healed putting his entire junior season in doubt.
St. John’s may have helped itself in the recruitment of KU target Rawle Alkins on Tuesday by receiving a commitment from Shamorie Ponds, 6-1 senior point guard from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson High who is ranked No. 42 nationally.
…Alkins will visit North Carolina State this weekend with KU targets Udoka Azubuike and Bam Adebayo, Zagsblog.com reports.
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