Hearing Jamari Traylor was extremely productive for Kansas in practice this past season. Could start for the Jayhawks at PF next year.
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KU basketball’s annual Barnstorming Tour continues, with exhibition games at Humboldt High on Friday (6 p.m. autographs, game to follow), Pratt High (5 p.m., autographs) on Saturday and Colby High (3 p.m., autographs) on Sunday.
There will be a final Barnstorming game held on May 12 at a yet-to-be-determined time and place — somewhere in the Kansas City area. KU senior Tyshawn Taylor will join seniors Jordan Juenemann and Conner Teahan in that final game. He’s preparing for the NBA Draft and will not be playing this weekend.
Tyshawn Taylor was a no-show. The point guard for the University of Kansas basketball team had NBA workout commitments.
But former Hays High School standout Jordan Juenemann received a loud ovation after he was introduced Saturday night as the KU Barnstormers Tour made a stop in Hays for an exhibition game against area all-stars.
Juenemann scored 36 points to lead the KU players to a 115-69 win at the Hays High gym. But winning and losing wasn't what Saturday night was about.
"It feels good to be back in Hays," Juenemann said. "I really enjoyed it, playing on this floor."
Juenemann was an all-conference and all-state guard who graduated from HHS in 2008.
"Played so many hours on this floor; to come back here with all these people is great and fun," Juenemann said. "I tell people I wish I could go back to high school and play again here.
"The gym was my favorite, and the band and everything," he added. "It's very special to me, this gym is, and Coach (Rick) Keltner and all my teammates."
Without Taylor, the KU team had Juenemann and guard Conner Teahan and three former Fort Hays State University players. With no substitutes, the players improvised. They would put jerseys on young fans out of the stands and let them live their dream of playing with the Jayhawks.
One of the first fans pulled from the stands was Laquaris Harris, who promptly swished a 3-pointer, much to the crowd's delight.
But Harris wasn't your normal fan; she's a freshman basketball player for Dodge City Community College. Still, it was a thrill for her to be on the court with the Jayhawks.
…Juenemann, who graduates from KU next month with a major in exercise science and a minor in business, hopes to continue playing ball.
"I'm going to go overseas, to Germany and Poland, and play a little bit there," Juenemann said. "Lord willing, maybe sign a contract.
"I have the desire; I think it would be cool," he added. "One of my dreams is to play professionally overseas."
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Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown doesn’t just have a coaching tree, he’s got a forest.
Those kind of connections may someday help Jerrance Howard, the Peoria native and former Illinois basketball recruiting wiz, reach his ultimate prize. Howard was officially named one of Brown’s assistants at SMU late last week, then spoke about the job publicly for the first time Monday, saying it was the right thing to make a change for himself and the Illini.
“I’ve always had dreams and goals,’’ said Howard. “One is to be a head coach. The other is to coach in the NBA. He can help me with that.’’
While Howard provided Brown with a head start on recruiting, Brown’s vast network with NBA personnel past and present — some of those phone calls in the last couple days came from Allen Iverson to Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Nets GM Billy King — spreads Howard’s name elsewhere.
Former Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich, the head coach in waiting, and Ulric Maligi were also named assistants at SMU.
The school located in Dallas has some deep pockets — a source said Howard nearly doubled the $180,000 per season he was getting from Illinois — but Howard likely would have opted for another opportunity had this one not been associated with Brown.
“I’ve always been a fan,’’ Howard said. “He’s 71, but he moves like he’s 30. This is the first time he’s been on the road recruiting in nearly 30 years.’’
Over the weekend, Brown and Howard evaluated players in Dallas, Little Rock, Ark., and Hampton, Va., before returning to Dallas for one last meeting late Sunday night.
“Being around young people keeps you young,’’ said Brown, who is the only coach in history to win NCAA and NBA titles.
And Howard loves the basketball talk, “hearing the stories from the ABA to coaching at UCLA and Kansas and the NBA. He’s making the kids learn the fight song. He’s an old-school basketball guy.’’
…Like the hire of Jankovich, Brown relied on a reference from Kansas coach Bill Self.
New Tulsa coach Danny Manning has added UMKC's Wendell Moore as an assistant on his staff.
Moore had been an assistant coach at UMKC for the previous four seasons before being named to Manning's staff on Monday.
Before that, Moore spent two seasons as an assistant at Florida Atlantic and two at Redlands College, a junior college in El Reno, Okla. He is a native of Wichita, Kan., and played for Georgia Southern.
Moore is the third assistant hired by Manning, joining Brett Ballard and Steve Woodberry. Justin Bauman was previously hired as the team's director of basketball operations.
Maryland sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, after being hit with a one-year suspension from the school, has declared for the NBA Draft.
Inside Maryland Sports was the first to break the news on Monday morning and the Baltimore Sun also reported that Stoglin wouldn't return to the Terps.
Maryland put out a news release on Monday morning stating that Stoglin and Mychal Parker, who had announced his intention to transfer earlier in the month, had both been suspended from the school for one year for violationg the student-athlete code of conduct.
The 6-foot-1 Stoglin then decided to enter his name in for the NBA Draft on Sunday.
"Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. "As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We're disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience."
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Former Xavier guard Mark Lyons is focusing on three schools and is in the process of setting up visits.
“I’m thinking [about] UK, Arizona and Kansas,” he told SNY.tv Monday by phone.
No visits are currently set up for the junior transfer.
“Not right now,” he said. “I’m in the process of that. I’m also taking finals right now so I’m also trying to finish that up.”
Lyons said he had no favorites at the moment.
“I’m going into this with open eyes and see what the programs provide and see what they got,” he said.
Even though Arizona coach Sean Miller recruited Lyons to Xavier, he said Arizona doesn’t hold an edge.
“No, not at all,” he said.
He said he has spoken with Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kansas’ Bill Self and is “trying to set up some visits with them.”
A 6-foot-1 native of Albany, Lyons averaged 15.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season at Xavier.
“I’m gonna do whatever my teams me to do,” he said, “Provide energy, get everybody involved and play defense.”
Damontre Harris, a 6-9, 215-pound sophomore who has said he will transfer from South Carolina to KU, Florida, VCU or Marquette, told the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer he plans to visit KU and Florida in coming weeks.
However, according to Carey Rich of 560theteam.com, Harris may be reconsidering his decision to leave SC and may play for former Kansas State coach Frank Martin after all. Harris averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 boards per game a year ago.
Larry Brown is following the Fred Hoiberg blueprint.
The new SMU coach is putting together a team of transfers for the short-term, and then will likely make a run at talented high school players.
Brown and his staff -- which includes coach-in-waiting Tim Jankovich and recruiters Jerrance Howard and Ulric Maligi -- are on the verge of landing a pair of high-profile transfers. Former Arizona point guard Josiah Turner, who was dismissed from the Wildcats for off-court issues, will visit Wednesday - a source told CBSSports. Illinois transfer Crandall Head will visit next week and told CBSSports.com that the Mustangs are the leaders.
"I trust Jerrance," Head said on Monday night. "They are the leader."
Head also said that playing for a head coach who has coached more than 2,000 NBA games is important.
"It matters a lot," Head said. "We all want to get to the next level and I can learn a lot from Coach Brown."
While Turner obviously has his issues -- he was cited for a DUI this past weekend -- who better to handle second-chance kids than the 70-year-old Brown.
He dealt with Allen Iverson in Philadelphia for about six years. He coached Rasheed Wallace.
Turner will be a walk in the park for Brown.
Don't be shocked if SMU is involved with UConn transfer Roscoe Smith. The Mustangs might even wind up cracking the top five of one of the elite players in the Class of 2013: forward Julius Randle.
Ottawa, Kan., wing Semi Ojeleye has seen the recruiting process pick up major steam since playing in the first two Nike Elite Youth Basketball League events.
The 6-foot-6 Ojeleye said his scholarship count is so lengthy that he’s lost track, but it includes offers this week from Illinois and Arizona. He’s ranked No. 37 in the 2013 class by Rivals.com and No. 39 in the ESPN rankings.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to play in the EYBL,” he said. “It’s been a crazy few days and I don’t even know who to say is showing the most interest. It’s been crazy.
“I will try and narrow it down as soon as this week gets over with.”
Ojeleye did noted that one of the schools making “a lot of contact” in recent weeks is Indiana. He said the Hoosiers have not offered a scholarship.
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