Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 4:15 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Braeden Anderson has a new philosophy in the wake of being ruled a "partial qualifier" by the NCAA.
"For the right situation, I'll find a way to pay this year," the 6-foot-8 Canadian, who wasn't cleared to attend Kansas by the NCAA last week, told CBSSports.com on Monday.
"I've had time to look into the situation and I just want to play big-time college basketball," he added.
Anderson said he's been told by school compliance officials that they feel as though he'd have a "good chance" of winning an appeal. However, he can't remain at Kansas after being informed that he cannot play in the Big 12 since the league didn't clear him as a partial.
Anderson has researched numerous avenues - prep school, junior college and also going to a school that would be able to scholarship "partial qualifiers".
Anderson said he scored a 1450 on the SAT, but classes at a prep school down in North Carolina were called into question by the NCAA.
"My dream is to play at a big-time school like Kansas," Anderson said. "And I'll do whatever I can to achieve it."
Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 6:33 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Kansas freshman Braeden Anderson is beyond frustrated.
Anderson, one of three Jayhawks who hasn't been cleared to play by the NCAA, told CBSSports.com that he was informed on Friday that he won't be accepted by the Big 12 as a partial qualifier.
"I've had better days," Anderson said. "The NCAA cleared me to be a partial qualifier, but the Big 12 doesn't allow partials to be on scholarship."
The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who grew up in Alberta, Canada, said he was advised by his summer coach, Ro Russell, to attend Christian Faith in North Carolina and re-do his junior year, not knowing the implications.
"That was technically my fourth year of high school by NCAA standards," Anderson said. ``My mother paid a lot of money to go there and we thought everything would be fine. That's what he told us."
Anderson then transferred to Wilbraham and Monson Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts with a strong academic reputation where he spent all of last season. He said he earned all A's and B's, but it didn't matter because he had already completed four years of high school.
"So the NCAA didn't count anything I did last year," Anderson said.
Anderson is one of six siblings who was raised by a stay-at-home mother. He said he doesn't have the financial means to pay his own way at Kansas.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do now," Anderson said. "My dream was to play at Kansas."
Anderson said he attended summer school at Kansas at part of a bridge program and received a pair of A's, even scoring high enough on an exam that allowed him to test out of certain freshman classes. He also scored a 1450 on the SAT.
"Basketball was my ticket, my future," Anderson said. "It's the only way I can afford to go to college."
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 2:36 pm
By Gary Parrish
My pal Jason King from Yahoo! Sports has a book coming out later this month. It's called "Beyond the Phog -- Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade," which means it's an easy Christmas gift for any and every KU fan. That's obvious. But it's going to be a worthwhile read for all followers of college basketball if there are more stories in it like the excerpt published today at KUSports.com.
The story is told by Mario Chalmers.
You might remember him from the 2008 national title game.
He's the guy who hit that shot that forced overtime against Memphis.
Anyway, before the Jayhawks beat Memphis in championship game they played Villanova in the Sweet 16. This was just another Sweet 16 game on the surface, but Chalmers said it was "personal" because Villanova's Jay Wright had previously cut Chalmers and Sherron Collins from a USA Basketball team of which he was the head coach.
I'll let Chalmers take it from here ...
So when it came to the Villanova game, Coach Self called Sherron and me into his office and said, “How do you feel about this Villanova game?” I said, “Coach, this is personal to me. I don’t like Jay Wright.” He was like, “I understand that, but keep it out of the media.” So when the media asked if it was a personal game, we’d say, “No, it’s not personal. It’s just another game.” But during the game we were talking all kinds of s--t to Jay Wright. We’d run by him and tell him, “Sit your ass down! We got this!” Another time we said to him, “This is what you get for cutting us. We’re about to dog you!” Anytime we were throwing the ball in from the sideline, when he was standing up trying to call a play, we’d tell him to shut his mouth and sit down. There was one play where I threw a lob to Shady on an inbounds pass and he dunked over Scottie Reynolds. Right before I threw it I looked at Jay Wright and said, “Watch this!” That game was definitely personal for Sherron and me.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 2:28 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Kevin Ware wasn't the only one who was awaiting his fate.
Louisville's freshman failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school received the news on Friday and Ware, a 6-foot-4 wing from Georgia, will attempt to become eligible for the spring semester.
CBSSports.com has learned that there are several other high-profile players who are still making their way through the NCAA clearinghouse due to academic concerns:
- Kansas freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson
- Arizona State's prized point guard Jahii Carson
- Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross
- St. John's frosh Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle
- Maryland late signee, Ukraine native Olexiy Len
- DePaul's Macari Brooks
Bill Self told reporters on Thursday that Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson - three of his freshmen - have not been cleared to play. McLemore and Taylor are allowed to attend class while Anderson isn't on campus.
McLemore and Taylor both attended three schools while Anderson, according to sources, is being scrutinized for non-traditional classwork in which he was home-schooled.
Seven of Steve Lavin's nine freshmen have been cleared, but according to sources, he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear Garrett and Pelle. Both players are Top 100 players and finished summer school last week.
Carson, a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, was a huge coup for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils and is expected to run the team from day one in Tempe. Carson attended Mountain Pointe and Mesa High in Arizona and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA.
Another player whose status is unclear is that of Ross, another Top 50 player. The Ohio State freshman spent his first two seasons of high school in his home-state of Mississippi before transferring to Life Center in New Jersey for his junior and senior campaign.
Len is a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian who is being researched by the NCAA, according to sources, due to his background overseas.
Two more players in Scout.com's Top 100 didn't qualify: Chris Jones, who signed with Bruce Pearl's staff at Tennessee, is playing for former Vols assistant Steve Forbes in the junior college ranks at Northwest Florida State while Central Florida signee Michael Chandler is headed to prep school.
Brooks, a Chicago native who is a piece of Oliver Purnell's class that he is hopeful will help him rebuild the program, also attended multiple schools - including an alternative high school.
Notre Dame freshman Eric Katenda, who suffered a serious eye injury, still has not been cleared. However, Katenda is in no rush since the plan - according to a source - is for him to enroll for the second semester.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:09 am
Wannah Bail certainly has the name of a basketball player. Extremely long and athletic, Bail also has the build and body of a highly-touted prospect.
This summer, however, Bail felt he didn’t get a chance to show his full host of talents due to a toe injury.
“Not my best, especially coming off injury,” he said. “I had always felt as if I could have done something better, even after giving it my all.”
When healthy, Bail has the physical tools to be a dominant performer. Ranked No. 68 in the CBSSports.com Top 100, the 6-foot-7 power forward runs the floor extremely well and uses his strength to make plays at both ends of the court. He can get solid position for offensive post-ups, and he is a very good shot-blocker and rebounder. If he refines his offensive game, Bail could be a stud.
Bail, a native of the Bahamas, is now enrolled at Lamar Consolidated (Texas) after bouncing around a few high schools in the Lonestar State last year. His recruitment will also begin to sort itself out with coaches finally able to track him during the school season.
“It’s going good,” Bail said of his recruitment. “I’m really enjoying it.”
For now, Bail is hearing from Auburn, St. John’s, Houston, Texas Tech, Florida State, Maryland, Kansas, South Florida, Indiana, Texas A&M, Baylor, Washington State and others. All besides Kansas have offered.
Bail plans to take his recruitment slowly, but did take a visit to Houston on Saturday, when the Cougars beat UCLA in the football season opener. Michael Carey and Chicken Knowles also joined him on campus.
Don’t look for a decision soon.
“I have no favorites,” he said.
Photo: Adidas Nations
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:04 am
By Matt Norlander
The lockout at basketball's professional level is providing an ironic twist that usually goes the other way. Right now, the NBA's loss is college basketball's gain. Kansas hoops is about to take advantage of the work stoppage and give its fans a rare treat, similar to what Kentucky did recently.
Being that Kansas football has a bye the weekend of Sept. 24, Bill Self and the basketball program are taking advantage of an available fall Saturday in Lawrence.
Former Kansas players and coaches will participate in an exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse. It's being billed as the Legends of the Phog game. I like it. I like it a lot.
Former KU coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens will coach a collection of former KU players who have been part of three NCAA titles, 54 conference championships, 13 Final Fours and 2,038 all-time victories. The rosters will include many current NBA Jayhawks, including NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, as well as many other recent KU standouts.
“It’s going to be a spectacular event,” Self said in a statement. ”Not very often can you spin a negative into a positive but we get an opportunity to do so with the NBA lockout. There have been numerous times we’d like to get all these guys back at the same time, but it’s always been hard for the current NBA players to come back because their schedules run similar to ours."
Paul Pierce is the big name, of course, but who else could we see? Well, Cole Aldrich, Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Drew Gooden and Julian Wright are all former 'Hawks who make a wage in the Association. None of those were named in the press release, but it does state a good number of NBAers will play, so I think it's fair to expect a decent portion of the names above to make their way to Lawrence that weekend.
I want Scott Pollard more than anyone, though. Make that happen, Kansas. His appearance at last year's Midnight Madness was epic and went tragically underreported. For all I care Pollard can be the ebullient official making Larry Brown's life hell for an afternoon.
The game is being held for a good cause with a tragic twist, though. A majority of the proceeds will go to the family and a fund-to-be-determined in honor of former Kansas basketball assistant Neil Dougherty. Dougherty died this summer of a heart attack. Other monies will go to the local Boys & Girls Club.
Tickets go on sale soon for $20, which isn't so bad. I wouldn't be surprised if the event nearly sold out.Photo: AP
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:54 am
By Gary Parrish
The Maui Invitational matchups are set to be released later today.
But CBSSports.com already has them for you.
According to a source, the matchups are:
The losers in all this?
Memphis and Michigan.
One of those top-20 teams is starting 0-1 in Maui.
Official Maui bracket | Early season tournament guide
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:47 am
Some people compare Jabari Parker to Paul Pierce because of his versatile offensive game.
Parker, though, is aiming a little bit higher for his NBA comparison. As in, the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a single season: Oscar Robertson.
“He played all positions,” Parker said. “He was way before his time.”
If Parker was anything less than the best prospect in the high-school game, regardless of class, that comparison might seem completely ridiculous. But given the way the 6-foot-8 Simeon (Ill.) junior has redefined his body and his game over the past year, he has future NBA All-Star written all over him.
Parker is an outstanding offensive player with the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers with ease, get to the basket and finish or post up around the rim. He can handle the ball effectively and is an excellent passer for his position.
“A lot of people say I have an old school game,” Parker said. “My body, I’m slimmed down, I can move much better.”
Nowadays, the players near the top of the rankings are outstanding athletes with explosiveness to spare. Parker is more contained, relying on a wide range of skills to be productive.
Going against the high-flyers of the 2012 and 2013 classes doesn’t faze Parker, though.
“It prepares me for college,” he said. “Some players might be more athletic than me, so I have to work harder.”
The son of former NBA player Sonny Parker will be the subject of one of the most hotly contested recruiting battles in the country, but for now he has a top five: Kansas, Washington, Duke, Illinois and Michigan State.
What endears the Jayhawks to Parker is their success.
“I’m looking to win, and they always go to the tournament,” he said.
The relationship between Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and the Parker family has the Huskies squarely in the mix.
“It started way before I played basketball; my dad played with Lorenzo,” he said.
Moreover, Parker said his brother might get a job on the staff at Washington -- but that wouldn’t affect his choice. “Not really,” Parker said. “He said it’s my decision.”
For the other three schools, Parker said the main thing that sticks out is the coaching.
Duke: “I like Coach K -- he’s a very good guy.”
Illinois: “I like Bruce [Weber] and Jerrence [Howard]. They’re good people.”
Michigan State: “Tom Izzo is one of the top coaches ever.”
While Parker has had the same top five since the spring, he said he is not limiting his recruitment to that quintet. Ohio State, Florida and BYU are among the other schools looking to break through into his favorites.
“Other schools can get on the list,” Parker said. “It’s just all the websites asked about my top five.”
As the top-rated player in his class, Parker has the luxury of going through his recruitment at his own pace. He could get it over with soon, or he could wait it out.
Considering how unselfish his game on the court is, it should come as no surprise that one of his reasons for waiting doesn’t revolve around him.
“I want my teammates to get looked at,” Parker said. “I’m going to take my time, not rush the process.”
Oscar Robertson would be proud.