Sep 03, 2013 11:24 PM EDT
Bill Self thinks there’s a great chance that Perry Ellis will lead the Kansas Jayhawks in scoring this season.
Self was asked whether the Ellis might be a forgotten man due to the arrivals of Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden.
“He’s not with our guys,” Self said. “I think there will be a great chance Perry could lead us in scoring. He’s improved so much. You said ‘Wiggins and Selden’ but trust me, (Conner) Frankamp, (Joel) Embiid, (Brannen) Greene, (Tarik) Black and (Frank) Mason, those guys are good players, too. It was a nice recruiting class and one in which Andrew I think was the cherry on the top so to speak. Those other guys are really good players. They’re just young.
“They’re going to be young and will probably make a lot of mistakes. We’ve got to figure out how to close games, obviously. Perry will be a big reason why we have a chance to be pretty good, especially early in the season, because we’re going to lean on him. Even though he’s not experienced he’s more experienced than anybody we have.”
Ellis is the Jayhawks' top returning scorer after averaging 5.8 points in 13.5 minutes a game as a freshman.
Aug 30, 2013 8:49 PM EDT
Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor will travel to Baylor this weekend to get a first-hand look at the campus.
Jones and Okafor, two of the top five players in the class of 2014, have indicated a desire to play together at the college level.
Baylor is one of three schools the pair will visit together. Kansas and Duke are the other two.
Aug 28, 2013 10:52 PM EDT
Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas are considered to be the frontrunners in Cliff Alexander’s recruitment.
Alexander's girlfriend will be a freshman on the Kansas women's basketball team this season.
"They say he's going to Kansas because the girl he dates goes to Kansas," Alexander’s high school coach, Mike Oliver said. "People are always spouting rumors."
Oliver added that Alexander talks about Michigan State and Tom Izzo "all the time."
Aug 23, 2013 12:51 AM EDT
Bill Self continues to heap praise on Andrew Wiggins.
Self, however, has noticed Wiggins’ tendency to float through stretches of games.
"Andrew will be the best athlete I've ever been around," Self said. "He's a 6-8 guard. His stroke has gotten better. The biggest thing with me and him is making sure he's plugged into every possession. When he was in high school, he could really turn it on but he hasn't been able to do it for an entire game. That's what worries me a little bit."
Wiggins has been called the best prospect since LeBron James.
"He weighs 200 pounds,” Self said of Wiggins. “He's not LeBron.”
Aug 20, 2013 10:21 PM EDT
Olympiacos BC has signed Ioannis Papapetrou to a five-year deal worth approximately $2 million, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Papapetrou averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman for the Texas Longhorns last season.
Papapetrou recently played for the Greek national team at the U-20 European Championships.
Jul 27, 2013 12:14 PM EDT
Marcus Smart returned home from the USA Basketball minicamp this week.
Smart didn’t log any minutes in Team USA’s Blue-White scrimmage, but he’s bringing home a newfound confidence in his abilities and intentions to compete at the pro level.
"I don't feel that far removed from them," Smart said of competing against the likes of Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. "I still have a lot of work, obviously, but it's not a surprise for me now.
"I got a taste of what it feels like to play on the next level with that group of guys, and it's not as big of a surprise for me as I expected it to be."
Smart plans to take it easy for a few weeks before reporting back to campus for what he recently determined will be his final year at OSU.
"I decided to stay one more year at Oklahoma State to get myself ready for the NBA and the next level," he said. "It was kind of coming up here and playing with these guys, just getting a taste of it.
"I felt like one (more) year was good for me to stay. Staying another year (beyond his sophomore season) wouldn't really help me at all. One is fine, but I doubt another year would be as beneficial as the one year I decided to stay."
Jul 18, 2013 9:32 PM EDT
Travis Ford was asked where Marcus Smart would've been selected in last month's NBA draft.
"Two," Ford answered quickly. "Orlando was picking him no matter what."
Smart has drawn high praise from just about anyone who has ever seen him play.
"I've never been around another player in my whole life -- not when I was a player and not since I've been a coach -- that is able to bring it EVERY SINGLE DAY," Ford said. "I don't care if it's two-a-days, three-a-days or five-a-days. I don't care if it's 6 a.m. I don't care if it's the day after a big win. It's ridiculous. I knew he was a great leader, but it's even been a shock to me. Everybody, at some point, has a bad day in terms of coming ready to play. But he never takes a day off. He comes everyday to win every drill. Everyday. Every drill. I don't care when it is or what it is. Everyday he's ready. It's ridiculous."
Smart was the only college player invited to the USA Basketball’s July minicamp.
Jun 20, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
Andrew Wiggins chose to enroll in summer school at Kansas instead of competing with the Canadian under-19 team.
Wiggins said he might practice with the Canadian national team later in the summer, but he wanted to acclimate himself as much as possible before his freshman season.
“I know that college is a big step from high school, so I just wanted to make sure I was ready for it,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins’ arrival has hardly gone unnoticed.
“We’ve recruited other good players before, but we haven’t had anybody with this type of attention,” Bill Self said. “I kind of feel for him. He's going to have to be able to tell people no. He’s got professional autograph seekers waiting for him every time he steps out of his apartment, stuff like that.”
May 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
Andre Roberson left Colorado a year early so he could develop his game quicker for the NBA, his father said Wednesday.
John Roberson, who played 12 years professionally overseas, shed light on his son’s decision.
“For him, it was just development and where he saw he'd be developing more,” John said from his home in San Antonio. "You look at all the different dynamics. You have what he'd be doing in Colorado versus the NBA. We felt it best for him to forgo his senior year."
John Roberson didn't feel Colorado developed his son to play in the NBA.
"That's the struggle he was fighting," John said. "Was it more about Dre and fulfilling his dream or more about getting wins?
"I think it has to go both ways. If you're going to develop him, develop him. Don't just take the point of view of, 'We need Dre so we can have a Final Four team or a top-10 team.' Now, if you look at it that way, it's selfish as opposed to (Andre) being selfish."
Roberson is currently projected as a second-round pick in this June's draft.
Apr 18, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
Marcus Smart took on critics who have questioned why he didn’t declare for the NBA draft.
Smart was projected as a top-five pick.
“First thing this morning I hear Skip Bayless say I had to go,” Smart said during a news conference announcing his draft intentions. “In my mind I'm like, ‘No disrespect, but why?' He says it's because the draft class is weaker this year than next year. Well, that's telling me, from a competitor standpoint, you have no respect for my game and my ability to compete with those guys.
“You tell a competitor that, it just fuels his energy to go out there and prove him wrong. It got me fired up. I wanted to go out there and start working out right then. And it definitely fueled my energy to come back here and start preparing for next year and getting better.”
The 2014 draft class is expected to be rich with talent, led by Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
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