S/O to my brotha @humblekid11 on his commitment/signing to Kansas.
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“He’s definitely one and done (to pros),” Irvin said. “He’s definitely not going to be in college but one year. If he’s there longer than one year, I’m going to get on the coaches,” Irvin added, laughing.
Noted his mom: “The NBA would be great. Who wouldn’t dream of playing the NBA? But education is first.”
As far as his college choice ...
“It was a good decision,” Irvin said of Alexander’s decision to pick KU. “He likes the way Kansas plays. They get after it. He’ll fit in well.”
Irvin said the Jayhawks, “did a good job of recruiting him. Bill Self is a great coach. I respect Bill Self, knowing him since I was a kid. He’s a real good guy.”
Yet Illinois and coach John Groce had a realistic chance of landing Alexander.
“A very good chance,” Irvin said. “He (Alexander) was crying (at Friday’s news conference). He probably wanted to go to every school. He had to pick one. I thought Illinois had a great shot, Memphis as well, and DePaul, all had a great shot. I’m sure it came down to the last minute, last second. He let it all out (in crying).”
Mom Latillia noted: “It was really tough. All the schools are great coaching staff-wise, great programs. I think coach Self will get him to the next level where he wants to be.”
“I talked to coach Groce a lot, every day since I announced when I was going to make my decision,” Cliff Alexander said, noting, “I just thought coach Self could develop me and get me where I want to be fast. I didn’t have time to waste. He has a lot of titles under his belt, a lot of pros.”
...Irvin said he wasn’t fooled when Alexander first grabbed a U of I hat at Friday’s commitment ceremony, before putting a KU hat on his head.
“Cliff likes to joke around. He does a lot of playing and stuff,” Irvin said.
Alexander explained his actions on Twitter on Saturday, also his 18th birthday.
“Didn’t mean no harm to the Illini fans, was just having fun.”
His mom added: “I know a lot of people are upset. It was something he discussed with his teammates. It’s why he did it. Some said it was immature of him. I don’t think so. I’m not saying that because he’s my son. He just thought it’d be funny for his teammates. I’m sincere about coach Groce (John, Illinois). I really like him and Illinois.”
Nice win today KU!!! It's been a great Jayhawk week! #RCJH
11/16/13, 2:44 PM
Andrew Wiggins' prep-school coach, Rob Fulford, told me back in October that Wiggins' biggest impact could be on defense. "One thing that people don't give Andrew enough credit for is his lockdown defense. Jabari Parker couldn't get a shot off against him [in All-Star games], and he dominated Julius Randle in the Peach Jam. The bigger the defensive challenge, that's when Andrew steps up the most. When his defensive switch is on, you're not scoring."
On Tuesday, for a too-short period of the second half, we got to see Wiggins check Parker. That was when Parker's momentum from a brilliant first half finally slowed. Plays like the one below are why NBA scouts like Wiggins' potential as a two-way talent. Parker tries to post him up, gets bumped off his initial spot, and attempts a nice, fadeaway J -- only to have Wiggins spring out of a squared-up defensive stance and manage to get a fingertip on the ball. Even when you're 6-8, deflecting another 6-8 star's fadeaway isn't easy.
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Some Celtics fans chanting "We Want Wiggins!" here at TD Garden, with the Celtics down a lot late to Portland
Elite prospects Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker and the Harrison twins — Andrew and Aaron — headlined the college basketball recruiting Class of 2013.
Blue-chippers Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Stanley Johnson, Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones, Myles Turner and Rashad Vaughn lead the list in 2014.
The elite talent at the top has made some folks wonder if there are more program-changers in high school than ever before.
“I think it’s cyclical,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday on Jim Rome’s national radio show. “There may not be a better high school class ever than 1979. That was Isiah (Thomas) and Clark Kellogg and Ralph Sampson and some of those guys.
“You look at ’81 and (Patrick) Ewing and (Charles) Barkley and (Michael) Jordan and (Chris) Mullin and those guys.
“I think there’s more good players today than there ever have been,” Self added, “because more kids are playing, and training is so much better for young kids, and they are getting so much exposure. Whether or not we (continue to) have the top-heavy classes every year, I don’t know if that will happen because it’s cyclical, but this past year’s class is so top-heavy, and next year’s class is top-heavy as well. It appears to me there are just more really gifted kids out there right now.
“There always will be 50 guys that have a chance to be pros playing high school ball every year because there always will be that potential with these kids,” Self added.
“When we have a team like Kansas come and you’re talking about the player who could be the No.1 draft pick, playing on that team on our property and on our arena, that’s a very real cool thing,” said Wiltshire of Wiggins, who has been projected as the next Lebron James going into the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft in June, if he decides to forgo the rest of his collegiate career.
“Last year, if you were not a fan of basketball, you became a religious member just to see how that game came to life between Duke and Louisville and how these two teams moved through the rest of their season and to here (Duke) coach Rick Pitino say at March Madness, ‘wow, you know what made the difference for us to this year is how we came together at the Battle 4 Atlantis.”
Fields said they are very proud to be the hosts of the tournament and that is due to the 8,000 associates that are employed at Atlantis that has made it all possible for them to enjoy the success they have achieved so far.
“Sports Illustrated is saying this, CNN is saying this that we are the premier pre-season tournament at the NCAA division one basketball,” Fields said. “We are very, very proud to be the host, we are very, very proud of the team that puts this one, this unique tournament for both the players and the fans. The reality is that we have a great, great team to pull this one.”
Since its inception, Wiltshire said they have also seen a remarkable hike in the ticket sales expanding from 7,000 to 17,000 last year.
With just two weeks before this year’s tournament is held, she noted that the numbers have skyrocketed to 24,000.The tickets are priced at $15 each.
What will be different this year is the fact that tickets will be sold for each game, thereby hopefully filling the 3,700-3,800 seating capacity.
Just about every team is expected to travel with their own fans, which is expected to boost the occupancy in Atlantis. For example, it is anticipated that the Jayhawks will be bringing about 1,600 from Kansas.
Markieff Morris on NBA All-Star Ballot.
…The NBA has incorporated social media into All-Star voting for the second straight year, allowing fans to vote via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also, fans in China can use Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog to cast their votes. Fans are allowed to vote once for 10 different players per day. Votes can also be cast via SMS and online, at NBA.com.
The hashtag #NBABallot will be used to accompany votes.
Josh Selby cut by Chinese team Qingdao
No one could accuse Kansas University’s women’s basketball team of failing to fight back.
Creighton challenged the Jayhawks at every turn Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but KU always had an answer — usually in the form of power or speed — in a 74-66 victory.
Each time the talented and pesky Bluejays showed their intentions to knock off Kansas, one or more of the Jayhawks responded immediately. Sometimes it came in the paint from forward Chelsea Gardner. At other moments, the solution appeared — in a blur — in transition as Lamaria Cole sped past defenders. But no matter how many times Creighton pulled within striking distance, coach Bonnie Henrickson’s players proved to have a counter-punch.
A junior, Gardner took over in the first half after the Bluejays jumped to an early 10-5 lead. She put an end to that quickly by hitting the defensive glass hard, blocking shots, posting up strong and even hitting back-to-back jumpers.
At 6-foot-3, Gardner also ran down the middle of the floor in transition and demanded the ball on one possession, once she had Creighton’s Alyssa Kamphaus on her back, so she could throw in another easy bucket. Next, when KU freshman Jada Brown drew a double-team on the right block, Gardner slipped directly to the rim and turned Brown’s feed into another hoop and a 25-14 Kansas advantage.
Henrickson said Gardner, who finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks, earned her stat line by working in the paint.
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Junior college transfer Shea Brown signed a national letter of intent to play for the Kansas University women’s basketball team, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Friday.
Brown, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game in her freshman season at Central Arizona. She joins KU’s 2014 signing class, which includes high school recruits Lauren Aldridge, Terriell Bradley and Chayla Cheadle, who signed Wednesday.
Losing was not an option for Kansas University’s volleyball team Saturday night in Horejsi Center.
Not with the 2003 Jayhawks — the first team in school history to qualify for the NCAAs — in the stands and not with the opponent rival Kansas State, a team the senior-laden Jayhawks had defeated three straight times.
“I think it’s nice to have them all witness and see how far the team has progressed since they’ve been here,” middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc said after blasting 12 kills against two errors in KU’s 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Wildcats.
“I’m excited they could come and see where KU volleyball has come since they’ve been here,” chimed in senior Catherine Carmichael, a Manhattan High graduate who had 14 kills against two errors in KU’s 19-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-18 decision.
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Before the game, Missouri and Sprint Center officials said they expected a crowd between 10,000 and 12,000, but brisk walk-up sales pushed the announced attendance to 13,681.
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The stage was set in front of a sold out Hilton Coliseum.
Dick Vitale, calling his first game in Ames for a national television audience, drew a crowd everywhere he went. Johnny Orr and Fred Hoiberg emerged from the tunnel to a standing ovation.
Even ISU recruiting target Rashad Vaughn drew chants.
With the lights shining in every other direction, it was ISU senior forward Melvin Ejim who shined the brightest of all, leading Iowa State to a 77-70 upset against No. 7 Michigan in a game he wasn’t initially expected to play in.
“This is my last go-around; I’m with a great group of guys, and I want it to be special,” said Ejim, who scored a game-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds. “Just to get back and to play with these guys, go out and enjoy this game with them was really my motivation.”
…“This is huge for our program,” Niang said. “For our fans to see a team winning like this, this is huge for them. For them to camp out all night and then to see this, it’s just awesome for our program, and I’m just excited for things that are in the future for us.”
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Tar Heels forward James McAdoo strolled to the free throw line with 9:58 remaining in the first half, and per usual the fans in Chapel Hill were silent. But there had to have been at least one Belmont fan in the stands.
“I came in like a wrecking ball!” some guy could be heard screaming. “You never knew how loud I yell!”
And of course, McAdoo missed the free throw. McAdoo was just 11-for-19 from the charity stripe on the day, so it’s not like he’s a fantastic free throw shooter. Still, we’re going to give credit to the Miley guy here. Creativity should always be acknowledged.
J.J. Mann had rehearsed hitting a game-winning shot so many times before. When the ball came his way late against No. 12 North Carolina, the senior didn't squander the chance to give Belmont a stunning road upset.
The senior hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left, helping the Bruins beat the Tar Heels 83-80 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.
…"It's a historical win for Belmont," Windler said. "We don't have a lot of wins over AP Top 25 teams. So anytime you can go into a Top 25 team's place, especially a place like North Carolina -- storied program -- and do just enough to beat a good team, that's great. That's something to hang your hats on."
Dorian Finney-Smith's suspension is over. His season debut is still on hold.
Florida coach Billy Donovan reinstated the forward Friday, but said he's unlikely to play Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock because of an illness. Finney-Smith caught a virus while the 11th-ranked Gators (1-1) were on the road at Wisconsin earlier this week. He skipped practice Thursday and Friday. He also had blood work done Friday in hopes of speeding his recovery.
"He's done a very, very good job up until this point taking care of responsibilities," Donovan said. "I feel bad for him just that he's ill. We don't know what it is. He has some kind of virus."
Donovan added that point guard Scottie Wilbekin and center Damontre Harris remain suspended indefinitely.
Harris seems far from reinstatement. Donovan said he is no longer practicing with the team because he's "not accountable, not responsible at all."
"He's got a long, long way to go before he gets back on the team," Donovan said. "Not going to just use these kids to win games. All the guys want to play. They want to be out on the court and they want to play, and there's no shortcut to that."
Wilbekin, who also was suspended to begin last season, likely will return before Harris.
Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk stood tall for the New Mexico Lobos.
Bairstow scored a career-high 29 points, and Kirk had 24 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 22 New Mexico beat Charleston Southern 109-93 on Sunday.
"I thought their size was a significant difference in the game," Buccaneers coach Barclay Radebaugh said.
"I thought they executed extremely well. They're a very good team. They're a legitimate top-20, top-15 team. And certainly their size presented us with a lot of problems."
In 24 years as a men's college basketball head coach, Temple’s Fran Dunphy has seen his fair share of players graduate to the NBA. He thinks Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon has what it takes to go to that next level.
“I think he’s got a really good chance to be in the league next year because he’s got good energy, he’s got a good enthusiasm, he finishes at the rim,” Dunphy said after watching the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward score a career-high 32 points and grab 10 rebounds in the Tigers’ 75-69 win against the Owls Wednesday night at SECU Arena.
TruTV will carry the semifinals of the NCAA Final Four in April. So will TNT. TBS, too.
In an unprecedented move, Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for each of the two national semifinal games, each with its own set of announcers. The traditional national telecast will run on TBS, while TNT and truTV will carry the same games at the same time with announcers and camera angles customized to each specific team.
TNT and truTV also will produce different halftime shows that will be focused on the different teams in the Final Four. Pre- and postgame shows will be simulcast across all three channels.
Let’s say the country’s top two teams last week — Kentucky and Michigan State — meet in one semifinal. TNT would use announcers with connections to Kentucky during its telecast, while truTV would use a Michigan State-focused crew for its production. Turner officials have not decided what types of talent they will pursue and maintain that all options for using unique personalities are on the table.
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Just to clarify, I DO have a offer from Kansas. #kubball
11/16/13, 11:55 PM
Findlay Prep G/F Kelly Oubre Jr. (@K_Ctmd22): 16 PTS, 6 REB in a 90-44 win vs. Westwind Prep
Findlay Prep G Rashad Vaughn (@ShowtimeMr ): 20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL in a 90-44 win vs Westwind Prep
11/17/13, 12:01 PM
Huntington Prep G JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) adds 15 PTS in a 64-43 win over STL Christian
Lyle (@JMamba5) also picked up an offer from Oregon (@OregonMBB) yesterday
Oregon assistant Tony Stubblefield and West Virginia assistant Larry Harrison were among those who watched Huntington (W.V.) Prep combo guard JaQuan Lyle Saturday night in Hazard, Ky.
The one-time Louisville commit scored 15 points as Huntington Prep beat St. Louis Christian (Mo.), 64-43.
Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard will also watch the 6-5 Lyle play today against Ezell Harding (Tenn.) at Frankfort High School.
Now that Kansas is out of the Tyus Jones Sweepstakes, they are re-focusing on Lyle, who is expected to sign in the spring.
Top recruiting target Rashad Vaughn was in the house along with several others. Dick Vitale was calling his first game at Hilton Coliseum, and more than 25 NBA scouts were in attendance.
Vaughn kept everything close to the chest speaking to the media before the game.
He did reveal, however, that out of every school that is actively recruiting him, he probably has had the best relationships with the coaches at Iowa State, where coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih have been actively pursuing him since early high school.
“Probably here, because they’ve been recruiting me since ninth grade,” Vaughn said about where he has the best athletic connections. “I’ve got a good relationship with them.”
So what is the biggest factor in Vaughn’s recruitment? What is the most important thing to him?
“Really, relationships and where I fit most,” Vaughn said. “Where I come in and fit in, that’s what it’s really going to come down to.”
Vaughn said he will be taking all five of his official visits left this season, with UNLV and North Carolina still coming in the near future.
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"With Duke I felt more comfortable going to play with the winningest coach in college basketball and getting the chance for me personally to help Coach K win his 1,000th game was (tough) to beat," Okafor said. "That was kind of the tipping scale for me."
"We sold each other (on attending Duke)," Jones said. "We just sat down and figured what would be the best fit for the both of us to go and make an impact our freshman year and really learn and better ourselves as players and people."
Adam Rowe, the publisher of BlueDevilLair.com, said Krzyzewski targeted Jones early in his high school career and "made a promise to the lead guard that he would not recruit another player in his class at the same position. That loyalty paid off."
In fact, Duke invested so much time and effort into recruiting Okafor and Jones, Meyer said that if Duke did not land them, it would have been devastating.
"They hitched their wagon to those two," Daniels said. "It's hard to say that they needed them. But they did. If they missed on those guys, it would have been a huge deal."
Just a day after his son and his son’s buddy, Tyus Jones, committed to the Blue Devils, Chuck Okafor tweeted what amounted to that plea in two tweets Saturday, essentially asking Sporting News’ No. 9-ranked recruit to join those two in Duke’s recruiting class for 2014. He even tweeted a photo of himself standing to the right of Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski as enticement.
But Tom Izzo and his staff are excited for the recruits they signed in point guard Lourawls Nairn Jr. and swingman Javon Bess, with the coach telling WJR on Friday that they were still in the process of recruiting others.
"What we did is we took two guys that want to be here," Izzo said.
"We missed out on a couple, but we got two that we really want. We'll probably recruit another player or two as the year goes on. And I'm not worried about it. I'm not panicking over it. I just think that it's one of those years that's the way it happens."
Izzo raised eyebrows last month when at Big Ten media day he said of recruiting Chicago, "There's a lot of middlemen." That comment was supported by assistant coach Dane Fife earlier this week.
"When you've done it for 29, 30 years like he has, I give him a lot of credit for saying it," Fife told Doctor & Bentley on Tuesday. "And ultimately, he's tired of it. You're just tired of...not tired of the game, not tired of recruiting, just tired of dealing with people that don't have the kid's best interests in mind, and I think we all get tired of it."
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