Day #3 Complete
Set your DVR for April 6 and 8. Athlon has a Louisville-Kentucky national semifinal game – with the Cards winning the rematch in Atlanta. In the opposite bracket, Indiana defeats Kansas.
Two nights later, the Hoosiers defeat the Cards for the championship.
In April, there was a major change made to the Kansas basketball team that, for the most part, has been overlooked.
This change was on the coaching staff, and no, it is not the departure of Danny Manning.
It is the man who replaced Manning — Norm Roberts, the best assistant coach Bill Self has ever had.
While the players are currently galloping down the court and back during Self’s notoriously demanding boot camp, the coach has to be thrilled to have his old buddy Norm standing next to him.
…There have been some concerns about recruiting for Kansas basketball over the last few years, and whether that’s justified or not, recruiting will pick up with Roberts on the staff.
He returns older and wiser now, too, after his head coaching experience at St. Johns.
He returns as the best assistant Self has ever had.
Every time a headline informs that Kansas University missed out on a highly rated basketball recruit, many local voices wonder, “Why can’t Bill Self and his staff get anybody anymore?”
It’s human nature to remember losses longer than victories, but a close inspection of the numbers reveals KU’s scoring rate for elite recruits has remained the same for the past quarter-century. That encompasses the reigns of Roy Williams, who spent 15 years on the job, and Bill Self, entering his 10th season heading the region’s dominant basketball program.
…In his 15 recruiting seasons at Kansas, Williams landed 15 McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the Jayhawks:
In nine completed recruiting seasons at Kansas, Self has landed nine McDonald’s All-Americans:
…“Frustrated,” captures how many might feel about the current KU recruiting season, but if Self stopped right now — which he won’t, of course — chances are high one of his two committed recruits will earn McDonald’s All-American honors. Rivals.com ranks Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-7 forward from Forsyth, at No. 22 in the Class of 2013, and has Conner Frankamp, a 6-foot guard from Wichita, ranked 27th.
4. Which City League basketball standout will have the best career at Kansas? (Yes, we know North’s Conner Frankamp still has one more season of high school basketball.)
a. Perry Ellis 771 (56.2)
b. Conner Frankamp 602 (43.8)
Bob says: This is tough. I think both players are going to have excellent careers at Kansas. But I sense something extra special about Frankamp.
18. Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has been outspoken that the Jayhawks will not play games against Missouri, at least for the foreseeable future. Others at KU have said the same thing. Should Kansas and Missouri continue to meet in athletics even though Mizzou has bolted the Big 12 for the SEC?
a. Yes 450 (32.3)
b. No 942 (67.7)
Bob says: It seems kind of petty to me, but obviously KU fans are going to hold a grudge on this one. It won’t take long before they miss those fun and intense showdowns with the Tigers.
Wichita Eagle survey
Kansas 2012-13 Schedule
Big 12/College News
Don't call Kansas State University, K-State anymore.
K-State President, er, Kansas State President Kirk Schulz said the school wants to be known nationally as Kansas State.
"We are consciously moving in that direction to a single brand," Schulz told Gov. Sam Brownback and business leaders during a meeting of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors.
Schulz said "K-State" works for athletics, but as the school seeks to increase its scholarly rankings among national universities, it needs to be called Kansas State because in Kentucky or other places, K-State refers to different schools.
The tumor that doctors removed last week from Roy Williams’ right kidney is not malignant, according to a statement released by North Carolina today.
Williams, who is preparing to enter his 10th season as the Tar Heels basketball coach, underwent surgery on Sept. 19. Doctors determined the tumor to be an oncocytoma, which is a benign tumor of the kidney that, according to UNC, “is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on x-rays.”
Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney. Doctors will perform a biopsy next week to determine its pathology. Doctors are optimistic, according to UNC, that the tumor on Williams’ left kidney is also benign.
“We are pleased with how well coach Williams is doing,” Dr. Eric Wallen, who last week led Williams’ surgical team, said in a statement. “If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon.”
Duke men's and women's basketball teams are trading in their paper playbooks for iPads.
The school says it's the nation's first college basketball program to use the Apple gadgets for everything from scouting reports to practice and game video.
Men's associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski says Duke is always trying to equip its players and staff with top-of-the-line resources. Women's coach Joanne P. McCallie says the iPads "can help us get better and more efficient in all areas."
Each iPad will be loaded with practice schedules, weekly plans, scouting reports, stats and videos. They will have tracking software installed so they can be erased if they are stolen or lost. The iPads will belong to university but the players may buy them at market price upon graduation.
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon schedule
2012-13 Early Season Events List
Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior combo guard from Tilton (N.H.) School, will attend the season-opening Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.
Selden, the No. 23-rated player in the Class of 2013, has a list of KU, Florida, Missouri, UCLA, Syracuse and Ohio State.
…Other seniors expected to attend the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog: 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.
…No. 131-ranked Frank Mason, a 5-11, 160-pound senior point guard from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., will visit KU this weekend, JayhawkSlant.com reports.
What’s up everybody, it’s your boy Tyus Jones here and this is my new blog with USA TODAY High School.
I’m gonna try and give you guys some good stuff up here and let you in on what all goes on in my life so I hope you’ll keep coming back and reading. I’m excited about this!
Right now I’m wearing a splint on my shooting hand. I tore a ligament in my thumb at the beginning of June and played all summer with that. I thought it was just a jammed thumb, but they did an MRI on it and found out it was torn so I had to have surgery on it. I’ll be in this splint for a few more weeks.
…Well, right now my list is Minnesota, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Stanford, Arizona, Iowa, Iowa State and Georgetown. Those are the main ones for me.
Most people ask me when I’m gonna cut my list, but I don’t really have a timetable for that. I think I’ll be cutting that down pretty soon, not sure on how many I’ll cut it down to though.
I’m looking forward to visiting Duke and North Carolina in the next few weeks. I’m excited about that. I’m also working on trying to get out to Kentucky and Kansas pretty soon too. I’ll be at Duke for their Midnight Madness on Oct. 19 then I’ll probably spend a little time there Saturday and head over to North Carolina after.
I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest. I’ve never been there before. I’ve heard that Cameron Crazies are just insane for their team and really loud so I’m looking forward to that. I know they’re famous for chanting the names of recruits they want so I don’t know if they’ll chant my name, but of course I would think that was pretty cool. That would be a good feeling. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it. Same with North Carolina, I know their fans are really live and that they’ve got a lot of history and tradition so I’m looking forward to seeing the atmosphere there.
Jabari Parker is not visiting Michigan State this weekend. Don't read into this, visit should be re-scheduled.
My 2012 KU Alumni games, 2011-12 Border War, Legends of the Phog, KC Prep Invitational, & Jayhawk Invitational Videos, Late Night in the Phog, and more now on YouTube