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KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger wishes he could tell the disconnected-for-six-games customers something they want to hear, but he can’t, so he is left to answer a simple question: Why did he do it?
“Two-fold,” Zenger said. “First, I believe any decision we make, the core value has to center around your student-athletes. This provided 500 student athletes the most exposure possible to regional and national coverage. What it did for them in exposure and recruiting is unrivaled.”
The Kansas duo of sophomore forward Perry Ellis and freshman guard Andrew Wiggins have been named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday.
Ellis earned co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors, along with Iowa State's Melvin Ejim, after he scored a career-high 24 points in KU's 94-83 win over No. 4 Duke at the State Farm Champions Classic. The 6-8 Wichita forward finished 9-of-13 (.692) from the floor, including one 3-pointer. Ellis, who was named for the honor for the first time, also converted 5-of-6 (.833) from the charity stripe. He pulled down a team-best nine rebounds to go along with two assists and a career-high three steals. He had a key steal and assist with 1:16 remaining that led to a six-point Jayhawk lead they would not relinquish.
Despite battling foul trouble, Wiggins came up big in the Jayhawks' victory over Duke and was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. In just 25 minutes on the floor, the 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting (.600). He pulled down a season-best eight rebounds and made 4-of-6 (.667) shots from the free throw line, with one block. Wiggins had two key baskets in the last 1:30 of the contest to extend.
The last time Kansas swept the Big 12 weekly honors was last season when Elijah Johnson (player) and Ben McLemore (newcomer) were named on March 4, 2013. Ellis adds to Kansas' league high in player of the week winners as he marks the 55th time a Jayhawk has earned the distinction. Wiggins is the 26th KU newcomer to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
KUAD: Bill Self weekly press conference (Video, transcript)
KUAD: Kansas vs Iona pregame notes
Iona senior guard Sean Armand isn’t shy about expressing his plans for the Gaels’ Tuesday night tilt at No. 2 Kansas.
“Yes, I’m going into the game expecting to win, just like every other game we play,” the Brooklyn native told SNY.tv Monday.
…As for Wiggins, Cluess said it would be a team effort to guard the 6-foot-8 Canadian sensation, who is averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks (2-0).
“We’ll do different things and different combinations on him, to be honest with you, so it’s not just going to be one person’s responsibility from the get go,” Cluess said. “We’ll play some zone, we’ll play some man, we’ll mix it up.”
Cluess pointed out that Kansas has several future pros on its roster, with freshmen Wayne Seldenand Joel Embiid also considered potential one-and-dones.
“I think their whole team’s dangerous, not just Wiggins,” Cluess said.
And what if Iona is able to pull off the upset?
“I mean we’re going in the game just trying to get a ‘W,’ so my mindset is not to try to keep it close,” Armand said. “It’s to play a good, hard game and see what happens. And then if we will win it will be a great win for the school and the program. Just look forward and hopefully that will boost everybody’s confidence.”
Tavon Sledge remembers that Saturday afternoon in Kansas, that January game in 2012 when his Iowa State Cyclones blew into Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. The then-freshman point guard from Spring Valley didn’t play in that loss, but those Jayhawks fans sure made an impression on him.
“Their crowd is insane,” said Sledge, now a junior with Iona. “Their crowd is very loud. The gym is not that big, but their students are right behind their team. You can barely hear things in there. It’s really a different factor in playing there.”
…“As a basketball junkie, you have to enjoy opportunities like this,” Cluess said. “To coach there in such a storied environment and have our players play there, they’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives.”
There is a history between these programs, albeit an old one. Iona actually beat Kansas 81-77 at the Garden in 1980. But the Gaels’ two trips to Lawrence didn’t go so well — a 94-64 loss in 1981 and a 100-67 setback in 1988.
“You’ve got to be excited to play at Kansas, the school I’ve wanted to play at most since coming to college, after Syracuse,” senior guard Sean Armand said. “We play against a No. 1 draft pick, a couple of lottery guys. It’s an opportunity to do something.”
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Kansas will see a different style of play from Iona (1-1), which plays various zone defenses and starts a four-guard lineup, with the tallest player being 6-foot-9 forward David Laury.
"This will be the first time we've played against a team that's played predominantly zone," Self said. "They'll mix it up. They'll play 1-3-1 and 3-2 and kind of a 2-3 match-up, and they play faster than anybody we've played so far. They play faster than Duke as far as wanting to shoot it quick. And they're small, so we'll be having bigs guard on the perimeter."
The Gaels, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, lost 73-69 at Cleveland State on Nov. 9 after blowing a 13-point halftime lead, then beat Wofford 76-55 on Saturday. They shot 36.9 percent against Cleveland State and hit only 29 percent of their shots in the first half against Wofford.
Senior Sean Armand hit 7 of 11 from the field and scored 20 points versus the Terriers, and Isaiah Williams had 19 and eight rebounds while finishing 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
This matchup was scheduled in part because Iona school president Dr. Joseph E. Nyre is a Kansas alum.
"I'm pleased to be returning to my alma mater and to Lawrence with the Iona Gaels," Nyre said. "Basketball is so much a part of the fabric of both KU and Iona, and I'm looking forward to sharing Iona with Kansas and Kansas with Iona."
This is the fourth meeting between the schools, with Kansas winning the last matchup in 1988.
Joel Embiid loves devouring video tape, loves asking teammates for help, loves immersing himself in the game of basketball. This is partly why KU coaches love Embiid, a 7-foot freshman, and why NBA scouts believe he could be an All-Star center someday.
This is also why, earlier this season, the Kansas staff cut together some film of former Kansas center Jeff Withey, and KU coach Bill Self handed the tape to Embiid with a simple message:
“He was telling me I need to be a better rim-protector,” Embiid says.
Even as Kansas ascended to No. 2 in The Associated Press on Monday, even as the Jayhawks were just six days removed from a statement victory over Duke at the Champions Classic, Self is still clearly in early-season teaching mode. The Jayhawks are still working on “everything,” Self says.
And as Kansas prepares to play host to Iona on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the concerns largely fall on the defensive end.
“If teams are going to shoot 50 percent against us,” Self said, “we’ve got no chance.”
…“I think it’s all me,” Embiid says. “I have to have the mindset to block every shot. So it’s all me. I just have to have the mindset to block every shot or contest it.”
Legend has it Joel Embiid once killed a lion back in his homeland of Cameroon.
“He did it with his bare hands. He had to do it for his tribe,” Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe said of his 7-foot freshman teammate, a slight smile creasing his face.
“It’s the truth.”
Or is it?
“Where he messed up with the story,” senior center Tarik Black said of 250-pound Embiid insisting he came out on top in his battle of man versus beast, “is he told me he had to carry it back home. No human being can carry a lion. It’s impossible.”
To get to the bottom of the tall tale, the Journal-World approached gentle giant Embiid on Monday — the day before today’s 7 p.m. home nonconference clash with Iona — with the question at hand:
“Did you ever kill a lion?”
“That’s a secret,” Embiid said, busting out in laughter. “It might be true, though. I can’t answer that right now.”
Pressed for the truth, he stuck with his story: “I will talk about that later.”
Embiid, who has emerged as KU’s most entertaining follow on Twitter (@jojo_embiid), as evidenced by his most recent, “I think I love snow so I’m not going back to Africa when winter comes,” and his, “I’m the best rapper under 20 in French, not English,” has quickly become a favorite of his KU teammates.
Now the hottest question in front offices around the NBA?
Who do you take No. 1?
Front offices faced a similar question in the past draft, but with a very different tone. In 2013, no one looked like a worthy No. 1 pick in the draft. This season, four players appear to be in strong consideration for that spot.
Over the past week, Insider talked to multiple scouts or executives from almost every team in the NBA in an effort to determine what they would do with the No. 1 pick. While most NBA scouts and GMs initially were inclined to take a wait-and-see attitude and use rankings like "1A" and "1B", I kept pressing. If the draft were held today (which thankfully it is not) who would go No. 1?
Here's what I learned:
1. Andrew Wiggins, SG, Fr., Kansas Jayhawks
Wiggins has been experiencing a backlash of sorts over the past few months. Reports that he was the third-best player in Kansas' practices combined with growing concerns that he might not have the killer drive or skill set to dominate right away began floating around. Typically, teams want a player with the No. 1 pick who can make an immediate impact on the floor. Was Wiggins really the guy?
He's really destabilized the doubters in his first three games for the Jayhawks. Not only does Wiggins look the part physically and athletically, his performance on the court has been absolutely stellar.
Through Monday, Wiggins is averaging 19 PPG, 5.5 RPG and shooting 58 percent from the field.
While those numbers aren't as strong as those of Randle and Parker, there's more to it than meets the eye. Wiggins is playing a very controlled game on offense. He's scoring within the flow of the game and isn't trying to dominate the basketball. While Randle and Parker are clearly options 1, 2 and 3 offensively for Kentucky and Duke, respectively, Kansas coach Bill Self isn't running every play for Wiggins. In addition, Wiggins already has proved to be an athletic, lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions on the floor. Frankly, it's that part of his game that is tipping the scale toward Wiggins for many scouts.
"I think he can be a player that plays a lot like Paul George does," one veteran NBA executive told ESPN.com. "He's so smooth that at times it almost looks like he's coasting. But when you watch closer, you just see the game comes so easy to him. With his length and explosiveness, he's going to be able to do whatever he wants once he gets it. And from everything we can gather in looking into his background, he's going to get it. I'm not sure how we could pass on him if we had the No. 1 pick. The other guys might be more ready right now, but in three years, I think he's the best player in this class."
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When you're a preseason All-American and Conference Player of the Year, it's hard to live up to all of the expectations. It doesn't help to have Kevin Durant say you're a future Hall of Fame player, either.
But Andrew Wiggins has impressed in just two games as a Jayhawk, perhaps even more than expected. Despite being the class's most sought-after prospect -- ask Boston Celtics fans who were recently chanting "We Want Wiggins" just two weeks into the NBA season -- Wiggins has shown he is more than just a pogo-stick athlete on the court.
He's averaging 19 ppg and shooting almost 60 percent from the field. His 22 points against Jabari Parker and the Blue Devils were the difference in that game and his step-back jumper sealed it late in the second half.
Fescoe let the cat out, Im privileged to be filling the big shoes of Bob Davis next wk calling the #kubball games in Atlantis, very excited
Going up against the Clippers when most of the Nets' key pieces, including point guard Deron Williams, missed the game with injuries, Taylor logged 15 minutes in a 110-103 loss.
…Taylor hit a three-pointer, went 6-for-8 at the foul line and racked up 13 points, four assists and three steals in limited action.
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The claim process for the Kansas men's basketball game, which takes place on Saturday, December 7 at 1:15 p.m., will take place Wednesday, November 20 at the No. 16-ranked women's basketball team's game against Iowa at 8:30 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.
- 1. Students will enter through the southeast entrance of the Coors Events Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.
- 2. You will swipe your Buff OneCard and receive a wristband, which you will need to keep on. Your wristband guarantees you your ticket to the Kansas game. If you leave the Events Center prior to the conclusion of the game, your wristband will be removed.
- 3. At the conclusion of the women's basketball game, you will be asked to go onto the court to the ticket office representatives where you will be handed your ticket and your wristband will be removed.
- 4. At the Kansas game on December 7, you will be asked to present your ticket with your Buff OneCard for admittance. Only those students with tickets will be able to attend the Kansas game on December 7.
No. 16 Florida could be without point guard Kasey Hill for a month, maybe longer.
Hill suffered a high-ankle sprain in a 67-53 victory against Southern on Monday night. Coach Billy Donovan said team doctors are "pretty confident right now there's nothing broken." But Hill will have tests Tuesday to determine the full extent of the injury.
Hill, a freshman averaging 10 points a game, badly sprained his left ankle early in the second half. He spent several minutes writhing in pain on the court before getting carried to the locker room. He did not return.
"It's certainly a longer healing process, and when you try to rush guys back too soon, it normally complicates things," Donovan said. "In talking to the doctor and talking to our trainer, the minimum right now is we're looking at a month before we can consider getting him back on the floor."
The injury could be problematic for Florida (3-1), which already is without point guard Scottie Wilbekin. The senior is suspended indefinitely, but sources told ESPN.com that Wilbekin will likely miss one more game and then return to the lineup on Nov. 25 at Jacksonville.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware was pulled over for speeding on Oct. 26, and in the wake of that citation, failed to show up for his court date on Monday. The information was confirmed to CBSSports.com Monday afternoon by a court clerk in Barren County, Ky. Ware was charged with reckless driving and speeding 26 miles per hour or greater over the speed limit while in a work zone.
Ware was pulled over in a black 2013 Dodge Challenger at 11:04 p.m. on Oct. 26 and cited for speeding along the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, Interstate 65 in Kentucky. The police report (below) states he was driving 95 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. Ware "politely said there was not" a reason for his speedy driving when asked by State Police why he was speeding, according to the report.
WHAS approached Cardinals coach Rick Pitino with this information Monday. Here's what Pitino said on that matter.
"I was not aware and that is his business. That has nothing to do with basketball. Parking tickets, speeding tickets, I don't encourage getting either one and I'll talk to him about it. It's the first of my knowledge of it. Why he missed the date I have no idea. I'm not concerned. I'm concerned about ... obviously, I don't want anybody speeding, I don't want anybody getting parking tickets, I don't want anyone losing their lunch pass. I'm sure you're concerned about it, I'm not. He shouldn't be speeding, first of all, but that's something he has to address and if he gets his license suspended, he's going to do a lot of walking."
Alandise Harris scored 21 points as Arkansas topped last season's high with 11 3-pointers to hold on for an 89-78 win over former Southwest Conference rival SMU.
The Razorbacks (3-0) were 11 of 22 from behind the arc, topping last season's high of 10 3-pointers made in a game. Michael Qualls and Anthlon Bell hit three 3-pointers each for Arkansas, which left the SWC to join the Southeastern Conference in 1992.
Portland put the first points on the scoreboard against No. 1 Michigan State and took two more leads in the opening minutes.
The Pilots tied the game for a fourth time with 12:43 left before the Spartans pulled away to an 82-67 victory Monday night.
"This early in the season, I love that we're coming to a place that you know they're playing basketball a certain way and they're doing things right: selfish, tough and with passion," Portland coach Eric Reveno said. "We can take that away and know we can compete."
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According to Eric Bossi @ebosshoops #KU ranks 5th in 2014 rankings. Very strong for two man class
The first time Kansas coach Bill Self can remember seeing Cliff Alexander, he was standing in a hallway at Curie High School in Chicago, watching a team of high school boys run wind sprints.
Alexander, running with the rest of the boys, was just a ninth grader.
Chicago winters can be long and hard, and the city sidewalks don’t make for a great running track, so the Curie High basketball program would often take their workouts to the hallways.
“That’s how they conditioned,” Self said. “It was pretty cool.”
…But on Monday, Self confirmed what seems rather obvious: The Jayhawks are not done recruiting.
“Oh, yeah, we’re still recruiting, yes, absolutely,” Self said. “We don’t know exactly how our situation will play out, so we’ll always be recruiting.”
…Other possible Kansas targets include two five-star prospects: Myles Turner, a center from Euless, Texas, and shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, a teammate of Oubre at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Alexander, meanwhile, has suggested that he’d like to play with shooting guard Jaquan Lyle, a former Louisville commit who plays at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
But for the moment, with Alexander and Oubre on board, Self appears plenty pleased with his class. On Monday, he said Alexander could be one of the better big men he’s recruited to Kansas.
“This guy has a chance to be really, really, really good,” Self said of Alexander. “His ceiling is remarkably high, and he’s a — if I say he’s a monster, then that’ll be the headline: ‘Alexander a monster.’ I’ll say he plays much more aggressively than what most 18-year-olds play.
“He really goes after the ball and attacks the basket very hard. He’s got a chance to be really good.”
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Kansas did not end up seeing @JMamba5 yesterday but will see him Thursday and is setting up an official visit
Breaking News: I have just confirmed that ESPN 100 #2 overall Myles Turner will officially visit Oklahoma State on Dec 6th
“Duke is definitely still in the picture,” he said. “Myles would have an opportunity to play for Coach K. Jahlil and Myles could coexist. In fact, I think they make a pretty formidable 4/5 combo.”
As for Kansas, David Turner said they were “still setting that one up” for an official visit.
The McDonald’s All American Games and ESPN have agreed to a multi-year television agreement that will keep the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games and related events on ESPN networks through 2016.
Under the agreement, ESPN, along with ESPN2 and ESPNU, maintain the rights to the McDonald’s All
American Boys and Girls Games, the POWERADE Jamfest and the McDonald’s All American Games
Selection Show from 2014 through 2016. ESPN has been televising the McDonald’s All American Games since 1999.
"ESPN is the leading network for top sporting events," said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. "As we continue to elevate the McDonald's All American brand, ESPN is the ideal platform."
The 2014 McDonald’s All American Games are set to take place on April 2, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Girls Game will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Boys Game will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN. The Games will remain in Chicago through 2015.
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