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Just left the Children's Mercy Hospital I never felt so good to see how those kids faces changed when we walked into the room
We visited Children's Mercy Hospital today. Tried to put a smile on a few kids faces! #KUbball pic.twitter.com/kpi7udAF
1. A few weeks out from practice and a potential top-10/top-five team that isn’t being given its due is Kansas. KU coach Bill Self said a few weeks ago that he thinks he has an extremely deep team, and one that might be able to score in more ways than last season. Canvass the country and the Jayhawks stack up against as well as any team in the country if newcomers like Ben McLemore and Perry Ellis are as impactful as expected. Jeff Withey will be as talented a big man as any other in the nation and the rotation players are more than serviceable. This is a perfect setup for Self. KU isn’t getting the early-season love -- but Kansas has more experience returning than Kentucky and probably has a better preseason chance of getting back to the Final Four.
A call went against the Kansas University volleyball team Wednesday night in its match against No. 19 Iowa State and KU basketball coach Bill Self, seated next to director of basketball operations Doc Sadler, slapped the table in front of him.
Basketball players Elijah Johnson, Naadir Tharpe and Justin Wesley sat in the stands on one side of the Horejsi Center, women’s hoops players Angel Goodrich, Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman and football player Daymond Patterson on the other side.
Legendary former Lawrence High volleyball coach Joan Wells, inducted into more Halls of Fame than Elvis Presley had gold records, took in the match, as did former KU basketball players Bill Hougland, Harry Gibson and Roger Morningstar.
They all came in hopes of watching KU knock off a nationally ranked opponent, No. 19 Iowa State. They all left happy and had reason to feel confident Kansas is headed for the top 25 for what would be the first time since it was No. 24 on Sept. 19, 2005, which also happened to be the same year the Jayhawks made the NCAA tournament.
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The alarm sounded Monday night presumably after Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur learned of his latest setback. “Ya boy got a lot of bad luck,” Arthur wrote on his Twitter account.
That bad luck has to do with a bad break, as Arthur recently suffered a fracture in his left leg during voluntary workouts in FedExForum. The 6-9 reserve power forward had been preparing for the season following eight months of rehabilitation from an Achilles injury.
But Arthur, 24, won’t be available when the Griz start training camp Tuesday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to team physicians. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed that Arthur has a small, non-displaced fracture in the head of the fibula.
Dr. Fred Azar made the diagnosis earlier this week at Campbell Clinic and will evaluate Arthur weekly. This is the third major injury Arthur has dealt with since being drafted out of Kansas in 2008. He missed all of last season with a torn right Achilles tendon suffered in the days leading up to the December start of the lockout-shortened season. Arthur also missed four months during the 2009-10 season because of surgery to repair a partially torn right pectoral muscle.
Despite the health issues, Arthur received a three-year contract worth more than $9 million as a restricted free agent during the offseason. The third year is a player option.
Jazz sign free-agent center Brian Butch, forward Trey Gilder, forward Darnell Jackson and guard Chris Quinn.
Google Inc. and Time Warner Cable appear at odds over whether the new player in Kansas City television service will be able to include some regional college basketball games in its subscription package.
Time Warner says it has negotiated in good faith to sell local and regional live sports programming to Google Fiber TV, the TV-and-Internet service set to begin home installations in a few Kansas City, Kan., neighborhoods this fall.
Google, in turn, expressed frustration to federal regulators about its ability to gain access to the regional sporting events from Time Warner’s MetroSports channel.
In a Sept. 21 letter, Google recounted discussions it had with Federal Communications Commission officials and “the continuing ability of competitors and new entrants to access essential regional sports programming.”
At the center of what could represent the budding competition for Kansas City TV subscriptions is Time Warner’s MetroSports channel.
The lineup Google Fiber TV is offering consumers has some notable holes — no HBO, AMC and Fox News — the basic $120-a-month package does include a rich selection of national sports channels. Among its offerings in that basic lineup are eight ESPN channels, NBC Sports, and the NFL and NHL networks.
But so far it lacks local sports. MetroSports, meantime, has been a selling point for Time Warner — presumably an edge over service from satellite providers and competitors such as AT&T’s U-verse.
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Tom Osborne is stepping down, announcing Wednesday morning his retirement will become effective January 1st.
NU men's basketball coach Tim Miles first broke the news via Twitter moments before Osborne made the announcement at a news conference in Lincoln. The 75-year-old cited his age as the reason for retiring. He said "the perception" that you're getting old "can get in the way." Osborne said he doesn't want to be a distraction. "I'm honored he (UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman) asked me to do this job five years ago."
"He (Osborne) stabilized the department, hired promising coaches and brought facilities to a new level," said Perlman, who added that the move to the Big Ten would not have happened without Osborne.
Perlman said Osborne notified him about his plans to retire in August. Osborne, along with 12-15 "advisers," will help with the search for a replacement.
Gary Harris may very well start at shooting guard as a freshman for Michigan State, but he’s not the only first-year player who will have an impact for the Spartans. We continue to hear tremendous things about 6-foot-five freshman Denzel Valentine, who could very well wind up being Michigan State’s best passer. Look for Valentine to log major minutes in the backcourt along with Harris, Keith Appling, and Travis Trice.
Much was made of Texas A&M's decision to seemingly invent a few more skins for its football program this summer. The Aggies added claims to two more national championships (1919 and 1927) and two more Big 12 championships (1997 and 2010) to the outer wall of Kyle Field, despite the fact that virtually no one had record of the Ags actually earning titles in those years.
Turns out, Texas A&M got a little creative with its college football history.
The university claimed the two extra conference titles for years in which A&M won or tied atop the Big 12's South Division but didn't win the Big 12 championship game. In '97, the Aggies lost in the Big 12 title game to Kansas State, while they finished in a three-way tie atop the South Division with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in 2010, but lost to OU on a tiebreaker.
But now, Texas A&M has decided to provide a bit more context to their claims. A&M has added the words "South Division" in fine print below the 1997 and 2010 Big 12 title claims on the side of Kyle Field. Deadspin has photos of the wall here.
The school didn't add any additional info to the two new national title claims, which were made on similarly questionable grounds.
Pastner is building a program. He was left with a great tradition and magnificent support but no elite players and few serviceable ones.
However, when forward Kuran Iverson of Waynesboro, Va., announced Tuesday he would join the Tigers’ 2013 class, this became the third time in four years in which a top-30 prospect from outside the Memphis area said yes to Pastner (following Will Barton and Jelan Kendrick in 2010, Shaq Goodwin in 2012).
Perhaps Calipari made that seem routine, but it’s almost unheard of in the history of Memphis basketball, which long drew nearly all of its best talents from area high schools. Pastner has been able to succeed in recruiting beyond the backyard while still landing the majority of elite Memphis players, including current Tigers Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford and Adonis Thomas and 2013 prospect Nick King.
Pastner told Sporting News recently that one of his biggest selling points in recruiting is the Memphis fan base.
“You know what’s different?” Pastner said. “You lose at Arizona, everybody’s going out to dinner, there are parties going on, the college kids are still going to the bars. Memphis you take an ‘L,’ people are devastated. They’re sick to their stomach. They take it like a coach. That’s the big difference. There are very few programs that are similar to here, the investment that they have to the team.”
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With the scoreboard clock running, Marty Frankamp fires a pass to his son.
“Forty seconds left,” Marty says. “No more misses.”
Conner — a senior at Wichita North High School and a Kansas University basketball commit — doesn’t say a word. He catches the pass and puts up a three from the left wing.
Just 45 minutes earlier, Conner had driven his beige Honda Civic — it now has a small silver Jayhawk on the back — a few minutes from North High to Pleasant Valley Middle School.
A couple months ago, after years of prodding from Marty, the middle school finished up its new gym, which includes dark blue paint and a fresh-gym smell to go with it.
On this Wednesday in mid-September, Conner is continuing to break in the nets. He works out nearly every day after school with his dad, who has taught P.E. classes for more than 20 years at the middle school.
The clock is down below 6 seconds now, and Marty’s final pass catches Conner in a bad spot on his hand.
Conner shakes his hand for a second — just a slightly jammed finger —and puts up his final shot from the left corner.
Nothing but net. His 11th in a row.
...The goal is to make 400 shots per day, and though this workout is a bit shorter than normal, Marty guesses afterwards that Conner only missed about 25 shots.
Every shot was from at least 15 feet. And at least two-thirds of them were threes.
Marty says it’s about an average shooting day for his son.
…Conner learned to shoot with his dad in their garage, hoisting up shots on an eight-foot goal.
Playing Biddy Basketball in Wichita at age 8 — the league uses shorter hoops and slightly smaller basketballs to promote work on fundamentals — Conner was named Mr. World Biddy after leading his team to an all-star championship in Louisiana.
When he was 12, Conner also learned about work ethic from native Kansan and former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, who helped him for about six months while she worked as a trainer in Wichita.
…Conner had a solid eighth-grade year playing for his dad at Pleasant Valley, but would he do just as well in the City League the next year?
Marty — also an assistant on North’s basketball team — received his answer soon enough when Conner scored 25 points in his first varsity game against perennial power Wichita Heights.
Three years later, Conner is on his way to one of the best basketball careers ever in the state of Kansas.
…Earlier this month, Conner — along with his parents, Marty and Karen — hosted KU coach Bill Self for a two-and-a-half-hour in-home visit over sandwiches from Picadilly.
While there, Marty made sure to ask Self what improvements he’d like to see from Conner before he arrived at KU.
No. 1 was adding muscle.
“I’m not that strong right now, but he said I had a lot of time to get ready for that before I get to KU,” Conner says. “So that’s one thing I work on.”
After his shooting workouts, Conner meets up with Wichita trainer Ray Birch, who is in charge of his strength training and nutrition.
It’s a rare time in the year — from September until November — when the two can actually work on gaining weight with Conner not playing competitive basketball.
Right now, Conner is at about 164 pounds, with the goal to get him to about 172 before the high school season begins; Self would like to have Conner between 170 and 175 pounds when he arrives at KU next summer.
The strength also would put Conner in a better position to play either the 1 or the 2; Self told him to come in prepared to play either.
…Though he’s enjoying his senior year, Conner can’t help but be excited about the future.
He was there at the KU-Missouri game at Allen Fieldhouse last year, saying his ears were still ringing two days later.
After following the program his whole life — Kirk Hinrich was one of his favorite players growing up — Conner says there’s a lot to look forward to.
“Just being up there,” Conner says, “and being at the best school in the country.”
…A couple weeks ago, Marty couldn’t help but be proud after going to parent-teacher conferences and receiving reports that his son was humble, polite and a hard worker.
“The thing that I’m most proud of him is that he’s just a good kid,” Marty says. “ ... Of course, I’m proud of him for his basketball, too. I’m really proud of him. But I’m really proud of his hard work. Nobody really realizes how hard he works.”
The photo shoot ends and Conner stands up to head to another workout, this time to get his body ready for this year and beyond.
“There’s always room to get better,” Conner says. “You’re never perfect at anything.”
Roddy Peters, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013, visited Rutgers this past weekend and heads to UCLA Oct 5-7.
“He had a great visit,” DC Assault coach Damon Handon told SNY.tv. “He really enjoyed hanging with Jerome [Seagears] and Wally [Judge]. He was impressed with the talent Rutgers has.”
…Peters is also considering Xavier, Maryland, Georgetown and Kansas, but has no other visits set, Handon said. He has already visited Xavier.
“He’s an old-school combo guard,” Handon said. “He’s crafty, has good size and great vision. He has a high confidence level and a natural feel for the game.
“I think he’s one of the top five guards in the 2013 Class.”
Handon said he expects Peters to decide this fall sometime.
“I believe so,” he said. “He wants to make a decision soon so he can enjoy his senior year.”
Randle glances down at his phone and smiles.
It’s a text from Kansas coach Bill Self asking Randle if he’s “ready to be blown away?”
“Tomorrow should be good,” he says.
…Randle knows that what he’s saying is redundant, but he laughs it off and goes with it anyway, “Man I loved the visit. I know I said that about all the coaches, but coach Self was just great. His approach was different.”
Tonight’s visit was at Randle’s godfather Jeff Webster’s house. Webster, who played at Oklahoma from 1989-94, has been Randle’s father figure since he was 8 years old.
Self's direct approach won over Randle and Kyles from the beginning. Especially when he opened up by exposing the elephant in the room.
“First thing he said was ‘I don’t have any rings with me,” Randle says. “I thought that was funny and I liked it. He was just really direct. I respected that.”
Even when Self told Randle that he wasn’t looking to be best buds.
“He told J, he wasn’t his friend, but he could get him where he wants to be,” Kyles says. “He was very self-assured. As a mother that made me feel really good.”
“Yeah it sounds crazy, but this was the perfect visit to end the week,” Randle says. “Just straight talk. Coach Self made an impression on me. To be honest, they all did.”
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Joel Embiid, a 7-foot senior center from Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., tells Rivals.com he will likely attend the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog. Embiid, who is unranked nationally, is considering KU, UCLA, Florida, Louisville and others.
Other seniors expected for Late Night: No. 23-rated Wayne Selden, 6-5 combo guard, Tilton (N.H.) School; No. 5-rated Aaron Gordon, 6-8 forward, Archibishop Mitty High, San Jose, Calif.; No. 29 Tyler Roberson, 6-8 forward, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic; and No. 43 Karviar Shepherd, 6-10 center, Dallas Prime Prep Academy.
Five years ago, Washington finished second in a recruiting race to land Drew Gordon, a highly touted high school basketball prospect who chose UCLA.
He played 1 ½ seasons with the Bruins before transferring in the middle of his sophomore year to New Mexico.
Losing Gordon could help the Huskies land his younger brother Aaron, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior forward who is considered one of the top six players in the country.
"Just going through and seeing what was promised and what was delivered, there was some misunderstandings and communication problems on both ends," said Tim Kennedy, Aaron Gordon's coach at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif. "I don't think they were all on the same page. I think Aaron saw that.
"He wants to find somewhere he's going to be comfortable, even if things aren't going well. He wants to be comfortable with the coach."
Enter Lorenzo Romar.
The Washington coach has known Gordon's father, Ed, a former basketball and football player at San Diego State, since they were in high school. Romar also began building a relationship with Aaron while recruiting his older brother.
Gordon lists Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas among his favorites.
…Gordon, an athletic big man with a 36-inch vertical leap, is the top prospect on the West Coast and one of 20 five-star prospects ranked by ESPN.
As a junior, he averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks, leading Mitty to a 31-3 record and a second consecutive California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship.
"He wants to play for a coach and be in a system that's going to exploit his talents," Kennedy said. "One that's going to get up and down because he's pretty deadly in the open floor.
"He wants a place where he can get developed," Kennedy said. "His goal, of course, is to get to the NBA as fast as possible. Those are some of the things that are important to him."
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