Bill Self said never say never.
One of seven people inducted in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Kansas University men's basketball coach was asked if he would ever consider coaching in the NBA.
“It hasn't really tempted me because I haven't had that many people talk to me about it,” Self said.
“But at some point and time, sure, I think it would (tempt me). It would be great to be able to match wits with the best athletes in the world, but I'm certainly happy where I'm at.
“I'm not saying I never would (coach in the NBA) but I'm locked in.”
Since Self wouldn't owe Kansas a penalty if he leaves before his contract expires in 2022, would the ultimate job for the Edmond Memorial product be to coach the NBA team in the shadows of his hometown?
“I wouldn't say the Thunder,” Self said. “They've done a remarkable job. They have a coach (Scott Brooks) who is one of the bright stars in all of basketball, at any level. That's not anything I would think about.”
Self last fall signed a contract extension that guarantees he will make $52.2 million in total compensation over the 10-year period, not including incentive bonuses.
Self, 50, will receive a $2.63 million bonus if he stays through 2015, another $2.63 million bonus if he stays through 2018. Self would receive an additional one-time $6 million bonus — $11.3 million total — if he stays at Kansas the next nine years.
“Yeah (the money is good), but the biggest thing is you will never be happy as a coach unless you know you can attract good players,” Self said. “I'm fortunate to coach at a place where the product is so good we're always going to get, at least I hope so, some pretty good players.
“I love it at Kansas, and they love basketball there. I've been very fortunate to coach at such a tradition-rich place.”
…Few coaches have matched their college success in the NBA. But because Self runs a high-low motion offense, using a size advantage in the paint, his style would transition well to the pros.
“When you're talking about coaches at any level the best ones are able to adapt and adjust,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti, in attendance Monday night in support of team chairman Clay Bennett, a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class. “Certainly Bill has shown the ability to do that.
“Fortunately for him he has a great situation at Kansas. I'm sure that's the only thing he's focused on right now.”
…“This was not unexpected,” said Mike de la Garza, Self's high school coach. “The guy has been my idol since he was in the eighth grade. This guy knows what it takes to win and how to handle individuals. He's a genuine guy that connects on an individual level.
“I thought he'd be a Division I head coach by age 30, his goal, which he did and that he would have one of the five best jobs in the country by age 40. I told him to his face he'd be the best coach in the country at age 50. Other guys coach really well, but game by game, nobody coaches better than Bill.”
Most sports fans in Oklahoma know Kansas coach Bill Self is actually Bill Self Jr.
When the 2013 class is inducted into Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Monday night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Bill Self Sr. will present his son, one of the nation's top college basketball coaches.
“I thought about coach (Eddie) Sutton but his health isn't real good right now,” said the KU coach. “Others suggested people like (Dick) Vitale. My answer was, ‘Why wouldn't I have the person who had the biggest influence on me present me?' It was a no-brainer asking my dad.”
…Bill Self Sr. was asked what one quality he feels possibly influenced his son's career, a resume that features a 507-164 career record, two Final Fours, seven trips to the Elite Eight and the 2008 NCAA championship.
“Toughness,” said Bill Self Sr. “His senior year (at Edmond Memorial) he played when he was hurt, played through a lot of pain. From that point on he expected other people, teammates and players he coached, you have to play through a little pain to be successful.”
…Bill Self, Sr. said the key to his son's meteoric career was he wisely absorbed traits from elite coaches during his eight seasons as an assistant.
Spending a year under Larry Brown at Kansas as a graduate assistant provided a blueprint how to run a program. Seven years at OSU under Eddie Sutton and Leonard Hamilton prepared him to be a head coach at age 29.
“Larry Brown is great with game strategy and so many other areas,” said Bill Self, Sr. “Leonard Hamilton was a tremendous recruiter. Leonard showed him how to outwork everyone. Eddie Sutton was tremendous with fundamentals. That covers about every aspect of coaching.”
Bill paid his dues, working his way up to one of the most prominent college coaching positions in the country and he still filters down solid work ethics to his players.
“Things have changed,” Self stated. “If things go bad, you transfer,” he grinned.
“It is the foundation, the core beliefs. The harder you work, the better you get.
“At Kansas, our team is supported by juniors and seniors and they don’t get to contribute on the floor much in their freshman and sophomore years.”
Self has led the Jayhawks to eight Big XII regular season championships.
“Oklahoma molded me into who I am. I lived in this state for a long time and it will always be home. Never, is that going to change.”
CBS asks coaches: Which college coach is best equipped to jump to NBA? (It's a Big 12 coach, but maybe not the one you think)
Hoopsworld TV Video: Perry Ellis interview at adidas nations
KU’s Perry Ellis, Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden are working as camp counselors at the Adidas Nations camp for top high school basketball players this weekend in Garden Grove, Calif.
The three will work as instructors during practice sessions with the prep players and participate in camp counselor games with the other college players.
Other camp counselors are: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker, Norman Powell, David Wear, Travis Wear, UCLA; Montrezi Harrell, Chris Jones, Louisville; Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Ryan Boatright, UConn; Alec Brown, Wisconsin-Green Bay; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado; Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall; Jerian Grant, Notre Dame; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Javon MCrea, Buffalo; LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Cameron Ridley, Texas; Will Sheehey, Indiana; Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona; Bernard Thompson, Florida Gulf Coast; T.J. Warren, N.C. State; Chaz Williams, UMass; and Jamil Wilson, Marquette.
Some top prep players who will attend who have KU on their lists: No. 1-ranked Jahlil Okafor, 6-10, Chicago Whitney Young High; No. 3 Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-3, Prime Prep, Dallas; No. 6 Myles Turner, 6-11, Trinity High, Euless, Texas; No. 8 Stanley Johnson, 6-6 Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.; and No. 16 Justise Winslow, 6-5, St. John’s, Houston.
According to reports, Indiana forward Will Sheehey was in a collision with Kansas freshman Joel Embiid and needed two people to help him off the floor. What initially looked like a painful injury turned out to be nothing more than a moderate ankle sprain, according to Jeff Rabjohns of Indiana's Rivals.com site.
Russ Smith comes away with the #adidasNations championship scoring 23 points on 16 shots. Chris Jones 26 on 10-19 shooting. Wayne Seldon 15.
Great week for Wayne Seldon. One of the top performers here. Made shots, scored in transition, defended, played under control #adidasnations
man Selden looked damn good today.
KU guys Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis have been 2 of the most impressive performers here. #adidasnations
Wayne Selden is built. Ridiculously compact body.
Perry Ellis with a great steal and finish for the and-1. Terrific body control.
Wayne Selden with a gorgeous jumper off a pass from Kyle Anderson. As I tweeted this, a ball hit me in the back. Lesson learned.
Wayne Selden with a perfectly controlled up and under from the wing. I just threw my underwear at him.
Okay, definitely falling in love with Wayne Selden at Adidas Nations.
In the college counselor games Indiana’s Will Sheehy (19 points), Perry Ellis of Kansas (16 points on 5-of-7 shooting), Kansas incoming frosh Wayne Selden (12 points) and Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash (12 points, seven rebounds) all had good games.
Wayne Selden (Kansas) continued to look good with two double-figure game
The college players that impressed in scrimmages were (points totals are for two games) Russ Smith (Louisville, 41 points),Wayne Selden (Kansas, 29 points), Jamil Wilson (Marquette, 29 points), Perry Ellis (Kansas, 28 points), LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State, 35 points) and Travis Wear (UCLA, 34 points). Cameron Ridley (Texas) pulled down 20 rebounds in one game.
There’s palpable buzz surrounding the defensive ability of Kansas freshman guard Frank Mason. Word out of Lawrence is that Mason emerged as a lethal on ball defender during summer practice. This former Towson commit is going to have a big role for Bill Self’s team during the upcoming season.
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Big Lead: Top 50 CBB players for 2013-14 (Wiggins #1, Selden #35)
ESPN Big 12 Power Rankings: Kansas well positioned for #10
KU will play three games in the Bahamas, beginning with Wake Forest on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 2:30 p.m. CT on AXS TV. The Jayhawks will square off next against either Villanova or USC on Friday, Nov. 29. Tip-off times will be 8:30 p.m. CT with a KU victory against Wake Forest or 2:30 p.m. CT should the Jayhawks lose to Wake. The third day of the Battle 4 Atlantis is slated for Saturday, Nov. 30, with four games starting at noon CT and the championship contest beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT. NBC Sports Network and AXS TV will televise the tournament field which boasts a combined 191 NCAA Tournament appearances, 25 Final Four appearances and five NCAA Championships.
Last season, the Battle 4 Atlantis stopped being a mostly obscure event in a sea of similar setups -- known more for its Atlantis resort ballroom basketball setup than anything else, probably -- and put together one of the best early-season fields you'll ever see. Louisville, Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Minnesota, VCU, Stanford, Northern Iowa. At the time, all of these teams looked like top-25 squads; retroactively, despite the struggles of Minnesota, Missouri and UNI, the thing still holds up.
As we learned on Monday afternoon, the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis won't match those insane scheduling heights. It will, however, feature the Kansas Jayhawks and No. 1-ranked world destroyer Andrew Wiggins, as well as a handful of solid and/or ascendant programs: Iowa, Villanova, Tennessee, USC, Xavier, UTEP, and Wake Forest. The full (and somewhat awkwardly formatted) bracket is available here.
It's hardly the murderer's row of 2012, which is sort disappointing, at least in a general sense. Last fall, when everyone (from reporters to scouts to the programs and players themselves) touted the tourney's merits (including the fact that you get to stay in a really nice place without having to fly to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to name one), it genuinely looked like the Battle 4 Atlantis was on a path toward early-season bracket domination. This year's field is a little bit pedestrian -- certainly by comparison, and arguably even without it.
But that's OK, because there are still some very interesting teams. Kansas is obviously chief atop that list, seeing as we'll be buying tickets for the Wiggins show right around this point, but Iowa is right up there too. A really good, even ahead-of-schedule young defensive team in 2012-13 that will carry over almost all of its best players and even add a couple of pieces, the Hawkeyes are a legitimate threat in the top half of the Big Ten next season, and this will be their first best chance to let the rest of the world know about it. Tennessee has plenty of talent in Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes and a back-from-injury Jeronne Maymon; now it's time to go out and earn a tournament bid. Xavier is Xavier. Villanova appears to be back on an upward trajectory after a couple years spent backsliding into mediocrity, and Andy Enfield's first season at USC will be interesting to track. And, hey, we'll get a full accounting of where Wake Forest basketball is at the start of its fourth season under Jeff Bzdelik. Doesn't that sound like fun?
No team in the field besides prohibitive favorite Kansas is likely to appear in the top 20 in most preseason polls.
The defending Big 12 champion Jayhawks received a manageable path to the title game in the bracket released Monday, drawing rebuilding but potentially improved Wake Forest in the opening round Thanksgiving afternoon before a matchup with either Villanova or USC the following night.
Should the Jayhawks survive the upper half of the bracket unscathed, they would likely see either Tennessee, Xavier or Iowa in the championship game.
The most intriguing matchup of the opening round pits the Hawkeyes and Musketeers, two potential NCAA tournament teams. Iowa returns every key player from last year's 25-13 squad including leading scorers Roy Devyn Marble (15 points) and Aaron White (12.8), while Xavier's inaugural Big East team is highlighted by promising sophomore point guard Semaj Christon.
Even the likely consolation bracket could hold some intrigue if rebuilding USC drops its opening game to Villanova.
A consolation semifinal between USC and Wake Forest would pit Trojans guard J.T. Terrell against his former school and the coach who dismissed him from the program. And should USC and UTEP meet on the final day of the tournament, it unite Tim Floyd with his former school just months after Floyd accused the Trojans of tampering with his star recruit, Isaac Hamilton.
ESPN’s summer survey of more than 200 college basketball coaches says the No. 1 recruiter of all assistant coaches in the country is ... 10th-year Kansas University aide Kurtis Townsend.
“That just means I’ve been doing it a long time and everyone else got head-coaching jobs,” Townsend said Wednesday after learning he outdistanced runner-up Mike Hopkins of Syracuse, Kevin Keatts of Louisville, Butch Pierre of Oklahoma State, Orlando Antigua of Kentucky and 16 others in a group of 21. KU’s Jerrance Howard checked in at No. 12.
“I’ve got a lot of friends. Those guys must want me to get a head job, too,” Townsend added.
…“We ‘group recruit’ everybody,” Townsend added of all staff members being involved in the pursuit of players. “Coach Self is one of the best head coaches to recruit to. He’s going to get on the phone and call. He’s going to talk to the parents. He’s going to talk to the kid. All that makes it a whole lot easier. It’s nice they did that (survey), but it isn’t me. Trust me.”
Of KU coaches, he said: “Dooley (Joe, now at Florida Gulf Coast) did great. Obviously Jank (Tim Jankovich, SMU) and Danny (Manning, Tulsa) did great. In Norm (Roberts) and Jerrance, we’ve got two great recruiters. It’ll make it even easier, I hope.”
Townsend, a 1982 graduate of Western Kentucky, said he never tires of recruiting.
“I love talking to these kids and talking to parents and meeting people and developing new relationships,” he said. “Even with this new class (six incoming freshmen) ... it invigorates you every spring and summer that you’ve got these new guys you start getting the on phone with. I still enjoy it. I think when I get tired of it, it’ll be time to do something else. Right now, I love it.”
First-year Kansas University assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard enjoyed representing his new school during the just-completed July recruiting period.
“It was great to walk in that gym and have that ‘KU’ and Jayhawk on my chest. It was a good experience. We’ve got to get some guys (prospects) if I want to keep my job,” the 33-year-old Howard said with a smile while waiting to tee off in Mario Chalmers’ fifth-annual National Championship Golf Classic on Monday at Alvamar.
Only time will tell how Howard, fellow assistants Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend and head coach Bill Self fared during their 15 days on the road tracking top AAU talent. Early indications hint that, “We did really well,” Howard said. “We saw some great prospects. We were in Orlando (Fla). We were in (Las) Vegas, Kansas City. It was fun.
“They (prospects, coaches) pick up the phone and look over a little bit more now that you have ‘Kansas’ on your chest. It’s been great,” added Howard, who also has worked on coaching staffs at his alma mater, Illinois, as well as SMU, Texas A&M and Kentucky.
…Chalmers Foundation officials said former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers raised $15,000 for charity at his Sunday night VIP mixer.
Monday’s tourney, which included about 100 golfers, was hampered by steady rain. KU basketball was represented by its three assistant coaches and former KU guard Jeff Hawkins. Coach Bill Self was golfing — on a vacation in Scotland, not Lawrence — and could not attend.
“He deserves it (success) because he works so hard, and his dad and mom have trained him growing up of who he is going to be,” assistant coach Kurtis Townsend said of Chalmers and his parents, Ronnie and Almarie. “He believes in God and has great faith. I’m happy for him and his family and all the success and the fact that he comes back and gives to the community is great. He will always be a special part of the KU family.”
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, who worked on the staffs of both Larry Brown and Ted Owens at Kansas University, and current KU coach Bill Self rank as the top two recruiters of all head coaches in the country, according to a summer survey of 200 coaches by ESPN.com.
Calipari came in at No. 1, followed by Self,
…“Recruiting is a never-ending process,” said Self, who has signed Rivals.com top 15-ranked players in Andrew Wiggins (1), Josh Selby (1), Xavier Henry (8), Julian Wright (8), Wayne Selden (12), Mario Chalmers (12) and Brandon Rush (13), as well as Joel Embiid, No. 6 by ESPN.
“Not a day goes by you don’t do something recruiting-related with prospects you are seriously interested in.
“With Kurt (Townsend), Norm (Roberts) and of course Joe (Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast) just here, Danny (Manning, Tulsa) here and Jank (Tim Jankovich, SMU) before that (and now Jerrance Howard), you’ve got so many guys who have played a huge role in representing our school and selling it well. We love the product we are selling, but the product alone doesn’t sell it. We have to work, and I have a staff that does it as well as anybody.”
8/1/13, 10:58 PM
Want to learn from the Pros? Come to the @Academy @CoachBillSelf ProCamp- 8/17-18 w/ @BenMcLemore and me! More info @ billselfcamp.com
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has announced his inaugural Academy Sports + Outdoors Bill Self Basketball ProCamp will be Aug. 17-18 at Allen Fieldhouse. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon and the second session will be from 1 to 4 p.m.
Students in grades 1-12 will receive instruction from Self and former Jayhawks Thomas Robinson and Ben McLemore as well as other top prep and college coaches form the area. Cost is $199.
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When the New Mexico Lobos play the Kansas Jayhawks in December, they may need to deliver some thank-you presents from Down Under.
The $90,000 UNM’s men’s basketball team is being paid to play the Jayhawks on Dec. 14 in Kansas City, Mo., has been earmarked to pay for the bulk of the team’s 11-day journey to Australia. The Lobos leave today.
The rest of the estimated $125,000 trip will be covered by the $35,000 the Lobos get from playing in the Dec. 21 MGM Grand Showcase against Marquette in Las Vegas, Nev.
“It doesn’t come right down to the penny, but those two buy games are what cover the amount of this trip,” UNM deputy athletic director Tim Cass said.
Withey signs with Pelicans
Like the vast majority of highly-recruited basketball players from the Big Apple, New York City Rice High’s Russell Robinson dreamed of someday playing in the NBA, not far, far away in Europe.
“Back then, playing overseas was dreadful. They didn’t have Skype, didn’t have Facebook and all those things,” said Robinson, starting point guard on Kansas University’s 2008 NCAA championship team who was not selected in the ‘08 NBA Draft, making him a likely candidate for overseas hoops.
“As college came along and there came more options, I embraced it. That’s where the game took me. I’m not fighting it. I’m enjoying it, living life and making good money doing it,” added Robinson, who on Wednesday signed a two-year deal with Stelmet Zielona Góra, a Euroleague team in Poland.
Terms were not disclosed, but suffice it to say Robinson’s contract is well into six-figure territory.
“More importantly I’m playing the game I love, getting to travel the world ... unbelievable,” Robinson stated.
Nick Bradford started seriously to consider a career in coaching during his basketball playing days at Kansas University.
“It was when I was recruiting guys my sophomore and junior year in college. I was always a host when coach (Roy) Williams brought guys in. I was the guy who reeled them in — Kenny (Gregory), Drew (Gooden), Nick (Collison) and Kirk (Hinrich), even (Jeff) Boschee,” said Bradford, campus host for several prime KU prospects during his Jayhawk career that ran from 1997-2000.
“That’s not bad. I missed out on (Shane) Battier and (Dan) Gadzuric, but we got enough in there to keep it running,” Bradford added.
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward, who worked the past two years as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, this week was named assistant at Missouri Southern State University, joining KU teammate/fourth-year Lion aide Jeff Boschee at the NCAA Div. II school in Joplin, Mo.
“I’m really excited. I get to coach with one of my best friends in Boschee and work for coach (Robert) Corn, who I’ve gotten to know a little bit with him recruiting one of our players (at Labette),” added the 34-year-old Bradford.
“Nick is a very outgoing person,” Boschee said. “He’s a great guy to be around, a very fun person to be around. Just in the couple of years I’ve seen him coaching, he does a great job with the post players, a great job working in practice and in game situations. He’s the type that our players will immediate respect him because of where he has been and what he has done in the past.”
“We’re excited about having him,” Corn said. “He will do a good job with our big guys. He and Jeff know each other very well. There is great chemistry between them. “First impression, I was very impressed the first time I met him. He brings the total package. He’s someone who can do a nice job for us.”
As for The Holy Grail of Hoops, basketball fans still have a day or two to read into what happened and watch the movie before picking it up (luckily, the movie is available on YouTube, but can also be found on Netflix). Part Swade’s diary, part history of Kansas basketball, the book is, according to Cal Fussman of Esquire Magazine, “a tour-de-force of American sports fandom.” Even if you’re not a Kansas basketball fan, this is a must-read among all fans in the basketball community.
Two of the books main themes are religion and the concept of home. Swade, who is Jewish, says multiple times in the book that his mom gave him one religion (Judaism), while his father gave him another (Kansas basketball, with Allen Fieldhouse being referred to as basketball’s “Mecca”).
According to Swade, “when you start to look at some of the iconic figures in the history of Kansas basketball, there’s these parallels you can make, so I explore that in the book in sort of a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ way.”
The concept of home is one very close to Swade, something he says is, “a difficult thing for people to articulate.” Swade mentions that, while he moved away from his home to come to New York, at his core, he’s a Kansan. For that reason, “a lot of what I was trying to do was for my home.”
The book, which features an afterword by Bill Self, can be ordered online today. As ESPN writer Wright Thompson says in the most succinct way possible, “Josh Swade is completely insane, which is why you should avoid him in public and why you should absolutely read his book.”
While Thompson is correct on that second part, he’s incorrect on the first: Swade isn’t insane. He’s just a basketball fan.
SLAM feature: For the Holy Grail of Hoops, There's No Place Like Home
Academy Sports + Outdoors is opening two new stores in the Kansas City area, one in Overland Park, opening August 16, and one in Olathe, opening later this fall. In addition to carrying officially licensed products for all three universities, Academy Sports + Outdoors offers a wide selection of sports, outdoors and lifestyle products that include tailgating, fan gear, patio, barbecue, golf, fitness, footwear and more from top brands Nike, Under Armour, Columbia and more.
"While Academy Sports + Outdoors is beginning to expand in the state of Kansas, the company is more than 75 years old. This will resonate with our loyal fans who identify with a rich tradition," said Shane Hildreth, Vice President - Southwest Regional Sales, IMG College. "We're thrilled to introduce the Jayhawks faithful to Academy Sports + Outdoors and their wide selection of fan gear, sports, outdoor and recreation products."
Academy Sports + Outdoors is the Official Partner of Jayhawks Athletics. The sponsorship agreement was brokered by IMG College, the multimedia partner of the University of Kansas.
Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip from the rough for one of his four birdies and got up-and-down to save par five times to win the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for second PGA Tour victory.
Woodland finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford format that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
…Woodland, the 2011 PGA Tour rookie of the year who played basketball at Washburn before transferring to Kansas and becoming a golfer for the Jayhawks, didn’t have a bogey Sunday until the 17th hole thanks to some nifty work around the greens.
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7/27/13, 10:09 AM
RT @rafjuc: Been told at Eurocamp that Papapetrou may leave Texas and turn pro in Europe. Now @Eurohoopsnet reports Oly is targeting him.
ESPN Summer Shootaround: Big 12
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North Carolina coach Roy Williams indefinitely suspended P.J. Hairston late Sunday night, hours after the team's troubled leading scorer was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving.
USA TODAY Sports first reported earlier Sunday night that Hairston was pulled over for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Hairston, 20, was driving a 2008 Acura TL southbound on Interstate 85 outside of Salisbury, N.C., when he was pulled over at 4:30 p.m. by the State Highway Patrol, said spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon.
Hairston has an Aug. 30 court date in Rowan County.
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Remember the good vibe and the growing sense of optimism about the 2013-14 season after Vanderbilt reached the SEC Tournament semifinals in March?
It's all a haze now.
With Monday's news that Kevin Stallings will lose two starters, including his best player and top scorer in junior point guard Kedren Johnson for one year, the Commodores can claim nearly half as many offseason departures (four) as they have scholarship players remaining (nine).
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WHEN Rotnei Clarke's parents named him after Oklahoma Sooners running back Rotnei Anderson, they were hoping some of the star American college footballer's legendary quickness would accompany the name.
Instead Clarke, the Wollongong Hawks' first import for the 2013-14 NBL season and first new face into Gordie McLeod's team, forged his own identity as the all-time leading scorer in Oklahoma high school basketball history.
On Thursday, the NCAA announced changes to its bracketing principles aimed to protect true seeding. Men's basketball committee chair Ron Wellman said Thursday on a conference call that "90% of seed-line moves that occurred in last 3 years would have been eliminated if new principles had been in effect."
Last season, a 26-8, Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon team was the prime example of a surprising seed-line change, dropping down to a No. 12 seed after a "lengthy, lengthy discussion," according to Wellman. The Ducks went on to upset No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Saint Louis en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.
"The one discomfort the committee had practically annually was the seeds in and honoring the true seed list that the committee put together," Wellman said. "Then, (we were) having to move teams as little as one line to as much as two lines because of the bracketing principles we needed to follow.
"We do believe that the seed lines are going to be honored to a greater extent -- a much greater extent -- than they have been in the past."
The committee hopes to do that that by relaxing a few previous restrictions. For starters, teams in the same league that only meet once during the season (including the league's postseason tournament) can face each other as early as the round of 32. If teams met twice during the season, they can't meet until the regional semifinals. If they played three times, they cannot meet until the regional championship.
In another move aimed at protecting teams' true seeds, the NCAA says it will only protect the top four teams from being in the same region in each conference if they are seeded on the first four lines (meaning that they are the top 16 teams in the field, in the committee's eyes). In the past, the top three teams from each league were always separated, regardless of seeding, sometimes forcing lower seeds to be moved up or down to accommodate the rule.
…Rules regarding rematches of non-conference regular-season games have also been relaxed; those rematches will now be allowed in the round of 32.
Under the new bracketing principles, teams from the same conference that meet just once during the season can face each other in the Round of 32.
In the Big 12’s current round robin schedule, that, obviously, will never be a situation that will occur for the league’s schools.
Under the new principles, however, Big 12 teams still could meet earlier in the tournament than in previous years unless they faceoff in the conference tournament. Teams that face each other twice during the year (which means no conference tournament matchup for the Big 12), can now meet in the Sweet 16.
The NCAA on Thursday released a reminder that new order is in order.
"The new enforcement structure creates additional levels of infractions, hastens the investigation process and offers stauncher penalties for the most egregious violations," the NCAA said in a statement. It also adds this effort will continue "to offer harsh consequences (postseason bans, scholarship reductions, recruiting limits, head coach suspensions, show-cause orders and financial penalties) that align more predictably with the severity of the violations. The new penalty structure also places a premium on aggravating and mitigating circumstances in each case."
A lot of this action comes in the midst/quasi-aftermath of the Miami investigation, which is still not complete, and has drawn plenty of criticism, much of it (for legitimate reasons) in the past year. It should be noted the NCAA in 2011 put in plans to redefine its enforcement structure before the Miami case became a debacle; it just so happens that mishandling of said case ran parallel to the NCAA's reset on this. Talk about appropriate-yet-terrible timing on that one.
All in all, it's a big day for college hoops coaches and NCAA programs in general. These changes could one day very well affect the program you love. So, here are the elements to this you should know.
The power conferences could, in theory, make more money without Butler and VCU -- and more than 250 other schools -- than they can with them, and money is the one thing the power conferences value over all other things. For proof, consider that every significant change in college athletics over the past two decades has been rooted in an ability to make more money. It's why the BCS was scrapped in favor of a four-team playoff the powerbrokers insisted would never happen.
They didn't change their position because they finally realized it's absurd to let a computer award championships. They changed their position because they finally realized they can make more money with a four-team playoff than they could with the BCS, and it's why you would be wise to roll your eyes when these same power brokers now insist they'll never move to an eight-team playoff.
Because an eight-team playoff is worth more money than a four-team playoff.
So that's coming, too.
"Many of these coaches are left to try to connect the dots or draw conclusions because it isn't certain what the end game is," Shaheen said. "That leads to speculation and fear and ... many coaches may wonder why they should be confident it will all be OK."
Shaheen added that he doesn't believe there's a "compelling reason" for the power conferences to run their own men's basketball tournament, and I agree. But I also don't believe there were many compelling reasons for Missouri to leave the Big 12 or Maryland to leave the ACC ... outside of their ability to make more money. And that's why I would never completely dismiss the dreaded breakaway in men's basketball, because, like Shaheen said, the power conferences could, in theory, make more money that way.
"There are so many small schools out there," Drake coach Ray Giacoletti said. "Would they really want to eliminate all the small schools and all those great stories?"
7NEWS has learned that a self- proclaimed 'Islamist Jihadist' who police say has made threats against the Catholic and Mormon churches from Arizona to Colorado is a former college basketball coach who once worked at the University of Northern Colorado.
Christopher Dewitt Craig, 32, recently came on law enforcement's radar when he was arrested July 10 at Eastern Arizona College.
College spokesman Todd Haynie said Craig interrupted a class by waiving a Bible and asking the instructor if he was Mormon. Craig made derogatory statements about the Catholic and Mormon churches and then went to an administration building and made similar remarks, Haynie said.
Campus police arrested Craig and he was booked into the Graham County Jail on investigation of disorderly conduct, threatening and intimidating and interruption of an educational facility. The district attorney later decided not to file charges and Craig was released on July 15.
Then on July 23, Steamboat Springs police said they received a 911 call about a suspicious man with a shirt wrapped around his head and face, who was driving around a parking lot, while hanging out the car window and videotaping himself.
Arriving officers found a man matching the caller's description who was wearing a camouflage bandana around his face, a white shirt wrapped around his head and dark sunglasses covering his eyes, police said.
Police said the man claimed he was an "Islamic Jihadist," adding that "In a couple weeks everyone will know who I am." The man did not explain what he meant by the statements or make any further comments, police said.
The man was driving a white 2003 Honda Accord with black spray paint on the side reading, "REV 14-7" as well as "YHVH" on the back bumper and hood of the car. On the top of the trunk there is a sticker that reads "F--- the DHS," police said.
"YHVH" is Hebrew for God or deity, authorities said. "DHS" could be a reference to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Link (Craig played at UTEP)
University of Georgia basketball recruit Dusan Langura tore his ACL after a bomb went off during his required military commitment in his native Switzerland, according to The Telegraph.
"It really is a unique story," Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox said. "He was injured in the explosion, and one of the injuries was a torn ACL. We had committed to have him come. He can really shoot the ball. He was gonna be on our team. He had to serve his military commitment, and this happened during it. We're still gonna honor our commitment to him, and once he gets healthy he'll be out there with us. But he probably won't be cleared to practice until January or February."
2013-14 Early-season events schedule
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Saying the July evaluation period went well for Young rising senior Jahlil Okafor, the top ranked player in the national class of 2014, is a bit of an understatement.
Okafor teamed up with Curie big man Cliff Alexander and Stevenson guard Jalen Brunson on the Mac Irvin Fire. He lived up to his ranking and more. Check out this tweet from Yahoo’s respected NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski:
“Respected NBA executive of 20-years plus tells me that Chicago's Jahlil Okafor is the most skilled high school center he's ever scouted.”
Okafor announced his final eight in late May: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State. He had in-home visits with Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State this spring.
On Saturday, a story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press claimed that Apple Valley, Minn. point guard Tyus Jones, the top point guard in the 2014 class, would make his college decision in November. The report said it would “be surprising if he doesn’t choose Duke.”
Chuck Okafor, Jahlil’s father, says that Jones and his son are still likely heading to college together, but doesn’t think there is a timeline for the decision.
“We don't really have a set timeline,” Chuck Okafor said. “I think the boys would like to do it soon, but there is no way you can set a timeline right now it's wishful thinking. I know they both would like to. The media is funny. Everyone sees one thing and writes something, puts it on their own pay site and runs with it.”
In the past, Chuck Okafor has seemed a bit less convinced than Jahlil that the package deal was going to hold up, that isn’t the case anymore.
“At this point I don't see why it would change,” Chuck Okafor said. “Could it change? Possibly. Do I see it happening? I don't know. It is two different people, two different cities. They are loyal to each other. They are steadfast and they have a great idea what they are going to do together at the next level.”
And what about the Duke speculation? Are the Blue Devils the major favorites?
“They have no idea where they are going,” Chuck Okafor said. “Duke has been doing a great job recruiting them, just like everyone else is. I don't know what Jahlil and Tyus are gonna do at this point, so for anyone else to say they do is far-fetched. They are still at a standstill.”
Mac Irvin Fire club basketball coach Mike Irvin doesn’t know which school Jahlil Okafor is leaning towards, but he knows which college head coaches spent their precious July hours following Okafor, the top player in the national class of 2014.
“[Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] was at every game, he was the only head coach that was really following Jahlil all over the place,” Irvin said. “If [Cliff Alexander] was sitting out it would only be Coach K watching that game. In my mind Duke has a really good chance to land [Okafor]. Coach K has done a good job of recruiting him.”
Irvin thinks Tyus Jones, the Minnesota point guard that is a package deal with Okafor, is destined for Duke.
“I think there is a great chance Tyus is going to Duke,” Irvin said. “So if [Okafor and Tyus] are going to school together..."
…The other main attraction for the Mac Irvin Fire this summer was Curie big man Cliff Alexander, widely considered one of the top five players in the national class of 2014.
"It was like traveling with rock stars going to each of these events [with Alexander and Okafor]," Irvin said. "It was always a packed house with everyone wanting to see them."
Michigan State was considered the leader for Alexander the past few years, but Kansas (which now has former Illinois and SMU assistant coach Jerrance Howard on board) may now be the favorite.
Irvin stresses that Alexander is still strongly considering Illinois and DePaul.
“I know everyone wants to say who is leading and what’s what but Illinois is definitely in there,” Irvin said. “And DePaul has got a chance. I’m not sure about Cliff’s timeline for a decision. He’s had a lot of schools come in late like Kentucky, Memphis and Arizonza.”
7/27/13, 4:59 PM
Seems like Duke is ahead but never count out Kansas RT @DaSportzBoi: @SethDavisHoops who's winning the race for Jones/Okafor right now?
2014 big man Myles Turner will visit Kansas this fall, possibly for “Late Night in the Phog,” his father confirmed to SNY.tv Sunday night.
“Plan is for Kansas, nothing else set yet,” David Turner told SNY.tv.
The news was previously reported by JayhawkSlant.com.
The elder Turner also confirmed his son will remain at Trinity (TX) Euless this year and won’t join Emmanuel Mudiay at Prime Prep.
Mudiay intends to stay at Prime Prep, and the two have talked about packaging together in college.
Having already “trimmed” his list to 26 schools, Turner plans to cut his list again following the end of Adidas Nations on Monday.
He will be in New York at the end of the week for Saturday’s “Big Strick Classic.“
The biggest story of the spring and summer AAU scene was undoubtedly the emergence of Myles Turner.
Turner, a 7-footer from Trinity (Texas), burst onto the scene back in May at the Under Armour Invitational, followed that up with a big-time performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June -- and then solidified his spot among 2014's elite with an outstanding July period.
In my opinion, he is slotted at No. 2 in the class of 2014, right behind consensus top prospect Jahlil Okafor. In fact, Turner might have the highest ceiling of any player in the senior class.
The scary thing is that Turner is only getting better.
“I really feel like my outside shot is coming a bit more," he said earlier this month. "I've always had an outside jumper, but I'm working on it a lot, it's really what I do. It's starting to come around. I've always been a defensive presence; I feel like I'm getting my timing better, blocking shots. Really, just being able to dominate defensively, turn defensive possessions into offensive possessions.”
Comparing himself to LaMarcus Aldridge, Turner envisions himself as an inside-outside player at the next level. He's got tremendous length and athleticism, enabling him to alter shots and dominate the glass. Offensively, he has perimeter range, but can also finish around the basket and runs the floor well. In general, he's an absolute matchup nightmare.
Turner continues to look at NBA players in an effort to tailor his game and adjust some tendencies.
“I always look at older guys, have a thirst for knowledge,” he said.
…“I really like the fact every year, they put a big man in the league,” Turner said of the Jayhawks. “They come from high school, maybe being a weaker player, but they always develop and are able to go into the league and make an impact. I really like the way coach [Bill] Self develops his big men."
Myles Turner, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound senior center from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, will visit KU for the Oct. 4 Late Night in the Phog, Turner told Jayhawkslant.com. He is ranked No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com. CBSsports.com’s Jeff Borzello slots Turner at No. 2, behind KU target Jahlil Okafor of Chicago.
..No. 19-ranked Kelly Oubre, a 6-5 senior from Bush High in Richmond, Texas, tells Rivals.com he will visit KU for Late Night. His list of eight: KU, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and UNLV.
…Cody Riley, a 6-7 freshman from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif., has received scholarship offers from KU, Arizona and USC, Rivals.com reports. Riley is originally from Platte City, Mo.
Prime Prep Academy (Texas) 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t play in Monday’s adidas Nations final for the eventual champions USA 2014 Blue. Despite not seeing the floor for a minute of action, that did’t stop the five-star rising senior point guard from making headlines.
Mudiay, ranked No. 3 overall in the Class of 2014 by Rivals, and a consensus top-5 player, narrowed down his list of schools to just a handful. Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and SMU are now the finalists for Mudiay’s services. The 6-foot-4 point guard informed ESPN’s director of basketball recruiting Paul Biancardi before the start Monday night’s game.
Baylor, Kansas and Kentucky are all still in the running for top 2014 point guard Apple Valley High (Minn.) Tyus Jones.
Mudiay … has decided on just one official visit to date, which he’ll take to Kentucky when UK has its Big Blue Madness celebration.
"It’s just an experience I want to have, going up there," Mudiay said. "I’m hearing it’s crazy, so I’m going to go check it out."
Mudiay said his interest in SMU stems from Brown "trying to start something new. He’s a legend, and he’s trying to get people where they want to go."
SMU isn’t a common destination for top-5 prospects, but Mudiay is friends with Dallas wing Keith Frazier, a McDonald’s All-American who signed with the Mustangs last spring.
Wherever Mudiay ends up, he wants to find a coach "that’s going to make me better, off and on the court, make be a better person, bring the best out of me and get me to where my goals are."
Here's a look at the players who had college coaches chirping on Day 1 in Las Vegas.
Best Point Guard
Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Prime Prep)
2014, PG, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds
Status: Claims offers from Kentucky, Texas, Baylor, Kansas, SMU, St. John's, NC State, Arizona, Louisville, Oklahoma State and St. John’s
Mudiay was the best all-around player Wednesday, and he is putting himself in the conversation for the best PG prospect in the country. He is not known as a shooter, but he drained a number of 3-pointers in this one. The most impressive aspect of his game, however, is his explosive burst in transition and the innate ability to locate open teammates while being heavily defended. There is not a player in this class that has his size, skill, and overall feel at the lead guard position.
2. Cliff Alexander -- He’s a beast. The Illinois native is 6-9, 245 pounds and has a rare combination of strength, athleticism and skill. He plays above the rim, is physically intimidating, yet is skilled and can score in the post with power and also finesse. Michigan State, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas are among those in the fray to land Alexander.
4. Kelly Oubre -- The 6-7 forward from Houston is long and ultra-athletic, and one NBA scout told me there was no one more intriguing player at the Global Challenge due to his overall package of size, athleticism and skill. He can make 3s, pull up from midrange and also finish above the rim. His top eight are Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV.
5. Emmanuel Mudiay -- It was my first look at the Prime Prep point guard, and he was every bit as good as advertised. In fact, he was even more impressive. The knock on him coming in was that he couldn’t shoot it from the perimeter, but he knocked down 3s, used his size (6-4) and athleticism to get to the basket and finish through contact and also ran the team well enough. Tyus Jones is a terrific floor leader, but Mudiay has far greater upside due to his physical tools. It looks as though Kentucky, Kansas, SMU, Baylor and Texas are all in decent shape for Mudiay.
7/31/13, 3:48 PM
No order: Baylor, Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina, UConn, Kansas, UNLV, Arizona, GeorgeTown, UCLA, Minnesota
8/1/13, 8:25 AM
Kansas has offered 2015 St. John Bosco (CA) guard Tyler Dorsey, his coach announced.
Sunday at Adidas Nations featured another two rounds of games. With a few players knocked out with injury, nobody had any playing time complaints. One of the class of 2014's top 10 prospects, Myles Turner, was among the day's standouts, and he'll soon be making another cut to his list.
…The No. 6 player in the class of 2014 told Rivals.com that he plans to get his list cut down to at least eight programs shortly after returning home from Nations.
"I pretty much already have what I want," Turner told Rivals.com. "But we are really going to run it down once I get on the plane with my dad."
Though he'll be cutting his list down soon, Turner declined to name any programs that are sure to make his cut. However, given that he has set up an official visit to Kansas for their Late Night festivities in early October, it is pretty clear that Turner's list will at least include the Jayhawks.
Turner said that it was a combination of the Jayhawks asking for a visit early and him having watched them over the years.
"They told me about it in my AAU season, and I've always kind of been a fan of Kansas," said Turner when asked why Kansas was the first visit he set. "The way they put bigs into the league and all of that, I really want to go out there and see what they have to work with."
Here are some nuggets from Friday’s action in Vegas.
No. 10 senior center Turner (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) was awesome Friday. He made 2 of 3 from downtown in the first half and went on a shot-blocking tear that left onlookers either shaking their heads or chuckling. He was silly good. Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) and Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie) -- the top two recruits in the Class of 2014 -- are more polished players and more physically ready right now. They’re tested and proven commodities. But two years from now? I think Turner’s upside is greater. We need to keep an eye on him to make sure he continues making the necessary strides.
Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford, Kansas’ Bill Self, SMU’s Larry Brown and Georgetown’s John Thompson III were in the stands. Ford has not missed one of Turner's games this month. Keep in mind that, before the summer, Turner specifically cited the Cowboys as a team that had been with him the longest.
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CBC standout forward Jordan Barnett attracted scholarship offers from some of the top programs in college basketball before making a verbal commitment on Thursday.
Barnett, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound small forward ranked among the top 100 prospects in the Class of 2014, pledged to the University of Texas.
The CBC standout had an impressive list of scholarship offers, including Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, St. Louis University, Butler, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Purdue and Stanford among others.
Barnett played with the St. Louis Eagles this summer and recently competed at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. He is rated by Rivals.com as the 85th best prospect
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The first eight players for the Aug. 24 Elite 24 game in Brooklyn have been named.
On Wednesday night, North Carolina entered the fray of colleges vying for Jayson Tatum’s commitment.
Tatum, a 6-foot-7 wing forward out of Chaminade St. Louis (MO) High School, has made an immediate impact in the class of 2016, picking up a slew of offers, including Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, Missouri, and now North Carolina.
“It means a lot,” Tatum told SNY.tv. “Coach Roy Williams is a great coach. Talking to him, and him giving me a scholarship has meant a lot.”
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