University of Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self will be awarded the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor in 2013, Coach Wooden's daughter, Nan Wooden Muehlhausen, announced Wednesday at the annual Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal integrity.
The "Legends of Coaching" award was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999. The first recipient was Dean Smith of North Carolina. The honorees are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. Self will be recognized, along with the men's and women's 2013 John R. Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All American teams, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-13, 2013.
Greg Wooden, Coach Wooden's grandson, stated: "Coach Wooden would have been honored to present this award to Coach Self in recognition not only of his coaching excellence, but also his character and commitments off the court."
The University of Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams will celebrate the beginning of the 2012-13 season at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog Friday, Oct. 12, in Allen Fieldhouse.
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This will be the sixth straight year that Metro Sports will broadcast “Late Night.”
“College basketball season is right around the corner, and we’re excited to be broadcasting ‘Late Night in the Phog’ again this year,” said Chris Huwe, Metro Sports general manager. “Kansas basketball has a huge following here in the Kansas City area, and we know that the Jayhawks fans are really going to enjoy our coverage Friday night.”
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Thomas Robinson thrived off the bench on Wednesday by finishing with 12 points, eight boards, two steals and a block in 29 minutes.
It's a nice start for Robinson who could be possibly getting some minutes at small forward since Jason Thompson is blocking him at power forward. Robinson took six of his nine shots outside of the paint, so there could be some truth to that small forward conjecture.
Cole Aldrich posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder
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The NCAA is looking into the possibility that Rich Paul, the representative of Miami Heat star LeBron James, provided improper benefits to University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
James and two former Texas Longhorns – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph – are represented by Paul's new management company, Klutch Sports. Paul also called NBA front offices on behalf of Kabongo before this year's NBA draft, sources said.
"We're aware of the situation," Texas basketball media relations official Scott McConnell said. "But we have not heard any decisions from the NCAA."
…An agent is allowed to have a relationship with a prospect and his family, but providing or promising financial benefits could place the player's college eligibility in peril. If the NCAA uncovers violations, Kabongo's eligibility could be compromised.
Kabongo and Thompson are childhood friends from Toronto, who attended the same high schools in New Jersey and Nevada before ultimately going to the University of Texas. Thompson was a rookie with the Cavaliers during the 2011-12 NBA season while Kabongo was a freshman at Texas.
Powell said Paul was present for a predraft workout of Kidd-Glichrist in New York last spring, but not with Kabongo in Cleveland. Kidd-Gilchrist is a Creative Artists Agency client with whom Paul worked closely within the past year.
After four years working in CAA's basketball division, Paul left the company in September and has applied with the National Basketball Players Association to be a registered player agent. At the same time, James left CAA and made Paul his agent.
After Kabongo's freshman season at Texas, Paul called several NBA front-office executives on the player's behalf to gauge where Kabongo, a point guard, might be picked in the 2012 NBA draft, front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Duke men's basketball team is slated to practice in front of military personnel on Monday, Oct. 15 at Fort Bragg with ESPNU televising an hour-and-a-half of the practice. The Blue Devils will spend the morning at Fort Bragg going through a military-style training session before conducting an afternoon practice at Funk Gym.
ESPNU will cover the practice live from 1-2:30 p.m. with Jimmy Dykes (analyst), Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Allison Williams (reporter) hosting "College Basketball Live: Duke Practice at Fort Bragg". The practice will also be available on ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app.
Roughly 300 military personnel will be in attendance as Duke adds this unique event to its early season schedule. The Blue Devils also host Countdown to Craziness; featuring the Blue-White scrimmage, a dunk contest and many other activities, on Friday, Oct. 19 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Coaching is the least of Brown’s worries. He knows his most formidable obstacle is recruiting.
When he last courted players in 1988, the formula was simpler, he said: Build relationships with parents, high school coaches and the guidance counselor. Shoe company influence still existed: Sonny Vaccaro still boasts about having the foresight to sign Brown to a Nike deal during Kansas’ 1988 national championship season.
But recruiting talented players nowadays usually involves sorting through layers of third-party influences such as handlers or street agents. And recruitments are played out publicly through social media. Tim Jankovich, SMU’s associate head coach and head coach-in-waiting, said comparing recruiting in 1988 to today is like comparing “Earth to Mars.”
“I joke with him that he missed four generations of recruiting, because it has changed so much in my lifetime,” Jankovich said. “I laugh … He was busy in the NBA playoffs as we were navigating these waters. It’s not old waters. It’s completely new waters.”
Brown said he needed to pass two compliance tests before being allowed out to recruit in July, so he gathered all the varieties of the tests and crammed for the “most intimidating test I ever took.” It has been a learning process.
A reporter from Oklahoma on Tuesday asked him his thoughts on the Harrison twins — who chose Kentucky over Maryland and SMU. Brown leaned in, as if ready to answer, before an SMU spokesperson interrupted to say that NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on unsigned prospects. Brown said he just recently learned how to fully use a cellphone.
“They’re telling me I have to Twitter or Tweet or whatever it is,” he said. “I have to call people on the phone. Gotta speak to parents. I’ve got to write stuff down what I want to talk about. My assistants give me things I want to say and cover. Sometimes their answers get me off track and I am kind of screwed.”
He believes he is too honest with recruits. He told those close to one of the nation’s best players, a 6–9 forward he declined to name, that if he played within 15 feet of the basket that he would be one of the best players who ever played. They did not want to hear that. The recruitment was over.
“I found so far it has been a little eye opener, but I am not going to change,” Brown said. “Bill Self and I were talking about that today. You know, you being straight and honest is not always going to help in recruiting. You have to figure out things that kids want to hear you say. I can’t do that.”
Brown is uncomfortable with his assistants selling Brown to recruits, but he knows that’s his program’s most tempting carrot for elite players. All kids nowadays, Brown said, think they will stay just one year in college before jumping to the NBA, where Brown won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Primetime has been put on hold. Again.
Three of the four boys’ basketball players who transferred to Prime Prep Academy (Dallas) before the school year may not see the court this season.
The District 11-3A Executive Committee ruled on Wednesday that the three players were ineligible for the 2012-13 season for improperly transferring because of athletics.
The players followed coach Ray Forsett from Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) to Prime Academy, a first-year charter school co-founded by former NFL and MLB star Deion Sanders.
According to WFAA.com, eligible players have to show residency in the charter’s home attendance zone. Sanders reprimanded the board for its decision, saying the students deserved a shot at a better education.
It’s a big hit to Prime Prep, whose entire football program was declared ineligible for the season.
Two of the three players are elite recruits: Senior forward Karviar Shepherd has committed to Texas Christian, while Emmanuel Mudiay, a junior point guard who is ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN60, is being courted by the likes of Kentucky, Kansas and Baylor.
Jordan Mickey, a senior forward bound for LSU, was the only Grace Prep transfer ruled eligible.
All three played intricate roles in Grace Prep’s second consecutive TAPPS Class 4A state titlein March.
Rochester senior guard/forward James Young, ranked No. 5 in ESPN's top 100, is expected to make his commitment to a university Thursday and sources say Young will choose Kentucky over Michigan State.
Young is expected to make the announcement at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Young's final four teams are Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. Arizona and Louisville also offered Young a scholarship.
Indiana, Louisville and Kansas have all been in recently to watch 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe, Taylor said.
Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson attended practice Tuesday and also saw Karl Towns and Wade Baldwin at St. Joe’s-Metuchen. He will also be at Roselle Catholic today to watch 2015 shooting guard Malachi Richardson.
“Indiana came in and said, ‘We just want to get involved,’” Taylor said. “They like [6-10 freshman forward] Rodney Miller. They like [6-7 junior wing] Tyrell Bellot-Green. They like Isaiah Briscoe.”
Louisville assistant Wyking Jones and Kansas assistant Joe Dooley were also both in for Miller and Briscoe.
“If Isaiah Brisoce wants to go, they said we’ll take him,” Taylor said.
I know you remember late Manute Bol, the seven-foot-seven Sudanese-born basketball player, who played 12 years in the NBA.
Well, Manute’s son, Bol Bol, is already gaining national exposure, despite being in only the seventh grade in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bol Bol, who is already six-foot-five, has a lot of skills, despite his young age, as you can see for yourself.