Posted on: September 19, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 2:31 pm

Arizona lands elite point guard

Potential McDonald's All-American Josiah Turner committed to Arizona during a visit to campus this weekend, Scout.com recruiting analysts Dave Telep and Evan Daniels reported Sunday.

"I knew that they would be in my top three [on a list of potential college destinations], but when [I] came on this visit it was crazy,” Turner told Scout.com. "I could have [gone anywhere] on the East Coast, but now my family can come to my games. I just really wanted to be a part of the tradition."

MaxPreps.com has Turner ranked 30th in the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-3 point guard is from Sacramento.

He reportedly chose the Wildcats over UCLA and Kansas.

Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:08 am

Rivers now considering just three schools

Austin Rivers has cut his list of potential colleges to three -- Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.

"Those are the three schools I'm going with right now," Rivers told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "I'm planning to visit all three."

Rivers told Daniels he's visiting North Carolina on Oct. 1 and Duke on Oct. 15, and that he's yet to schedule a visit to Kansas. Notably missing from the final three is Florida. Rivers was once committed to the Gators, but has seemingly eliminated Billy Donovan's program from contention despite it being just 120 miles from his home in Winter Park, Fla.

MaxPreps.com ranks Rivers second in the Class of 2011.

He's first at Rivals.com and third at Scout.com.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 8:55 am

Rivers will attend Duke's Midnight Madness

Former Florida pledge Austin Rivers has announced he'll attend Duke's Midnight Madness on October 15.

"I'm going to Duke's Midnight Madness," Rivers Tweeted late Thursday. "My mom's already scheduled it!"

Rivers is No. 1 in Rivals.com's Class of 2011 national rankings and regularly described in recruiting circles as someone who will eventually sign with Duke. That said, the 6-foot-3 guard is still also officially considering Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina. He's the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:47 pm

Five for Friday column

Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It's all about Josh Selby.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:07 pm

Sources: KU's Selby facing amateurism questions

McDonald's All-American Josh Selby hasn't yet been cleared to play at Kansas because of questions the NCAA has about the legitimacy of his amateur status, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Selby was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010. He's one of three consensus top 15 recruits now known to be at risk of not being certified to compete as a freshman because of academic or amateurism concerns. Also in that group is Selby's cousin, Will Barton, a freshman at Memphis who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday because of issues about his academic background, sources told CBSSports.com. The third player is Enes Kanter, a freshman at Kentucky whose past involvement with a professional team in his native Turkey continues to be scrutinized.

According to sources, the NCAA is looking into, among other things, a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony. More commonly known in basketball circles as "Bay," Frazier is, like Selby and Anthony, a Baltimore native. He acknowledged to the <em>New York Times</em> in April that he served as an "advisor" to Selby and his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, throughout the recruiting process. Sources said the NCAA has spent months investigating the details of that relationship in an attempt to determine whether Selby's amateur status has been compromised.

Kansas coach Bill Self did not return a message from CBSSports.com seeking comment.

KU officials declined comment.

They cited school policy.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 4:59 pm

Kansas AD to resign

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins will resign at the end of the 2010-11 school year, according to KUSports.com.

The leadership of Perkins, who has been KU's athletic director since 2003, has been questioned in recent months because of a scandal over inappropriate tickets sales and a blackmail allegation surrounding his use of exercise equipment. An internal investigation cleared Perkins of any wrongdoing in the exericise equipment case, but the outcome of an FBI and IRS investigation into the ticket scandal is ongoing.

Perkins missed two days of last week's Big 12 meetings to testify before a grand jury.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 26, 2010 10:52 am

Pump brothers tied to KU scalping operation

Basketball powerbrokers Dana and David Pump helped orchestrate a scalping operation that allegedly included the father of Kansas guard Brady Morningstar, netted more than $800,000 and became the heart of an FBI investigation into the KU ticket office, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday.

Click this link to read the story.
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am
Edited on: May 4, 2010 10:54 am

Barnes or Selby?

Scout.com and Rivals.com have both finalized their Class of 2010 rankings.

Harrison Barnes tops Scout.com's list.

Josh Selby tops Rivals.com's list.


I'll go with Barnes because he's the total package -- a high-level talent and high-quality young man. There's about a 0.01 percent chance he won't be a successful college and NBA player. Or a Senator. Or President. Or something similarly awesome. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you Barnes might be the single most impressive high school kid I've ever met. He deserves whatever he gets in life, including the No. 1 overall ranking in his class.

Anyway, here's the Top 10 for each:

----- Scout.com's final Class of 2010 rankings -----
  1. Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
  2. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
  3. Enes Kanter (Kentucky)
  4. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  5. Josh Selby (Kansas)
  6. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
  7. Tobias Harris (Tennessee)
  8. Terrence Jones (still considering Washington and Kentucky)
  9. Perry Jones (Baylor)
  10. Tristan Thompson (Texas)
----- Rivals.com's final Class of 2010 rankings -----
  1. Josh Selby (Kansas)
  2. Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
  3. Enes Kanter (Kentucky)
  4. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
  5. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  6. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
  7. Tobias Harris (Tennessee)
  8. Cory Joseph (Texas)
  9. Perry Jones (Baylor)
  10. Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)
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