Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 2:16 pm

Aldrich and Warren not consensus All-Big 12?

The Big 12 released its official preseason honors Thursday, and the first thing I noticed was that Texas' Avery Bradley won Freshman of the Year instead of Kansas' Xavier Henry. Truth be told, that's how I'd vote, too (as my All-America teams show). But I wasn't sure if the league's coaches would see things similarly. So I found that interesting.

Anyway, that's the first thing I noticed.

But the next thing I noticed was insane: Cole Aldrich and Willie Warren were not consensus All-Big 12.

Is it as silly as the Tim Tebow snub by Steve Spurrier?

Probably not.

But I'd love to hear somebody explain how Aldrich and Warren -- both of whom are CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans -- don't belong on the All-Big 12 team, because there is at least one coach who voted that way. Meantime, Sherron Collins and Craig Brackins were unanimous selections, and I'm OK with that. But not voting for Aldrich and Warren is inexplicable, I think.

Here's how the All-Big 12 team should look:
  • G: Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • G: Avery Bradley (Texas)
  • G: Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  • F: Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  • F: Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:26 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2009 3:30 pm

Despite problems, KU involved with nation's best

Things have been turbulent at Kansas thanks to fights and Facebook and Brady Morningstar's drinking-and-driving charge. But proof that prospects don't generally care about such things as much as journalists is that KU remains the only school in contention for the two prospects considered the nation's best: Harrison Barnes and Brandon Knight.

Here's Barnes' list:
  • Duke
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • UCLA
Here's Knight's list:
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Miami
  • Syracuse
As you can see -- because I bolded it -- the only school that appears on both lists is Kansas.

Even better for KU is that it seems likely Barnes and Knight will visit campus Oct. 17 for Late Night in the Phog.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:07 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 9:12 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

There were some significant recruiting developments this weekend.

Here are some of them:

Irving visits Duke: Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, visited Duke, then Tweeted about it. "Duke official was great! I enjoyed every single second," he wrote. "Everything there fits me and is right for me...you never know what will happen ." Duke has long been considered the favorite to land Irving, a 6-foot-1 point guard from New Jersey. Still, Texas A&M is among the schools hanging around, primarily because Aggie assistant Scott Spinelli was college roommates with Irving's father, Drederick Irving.

Selby narrows list: Josh Selby, famous for decommitting from Tennessee in July, has narrowed his list of potential schools to six, and UT is not one of them. The final six are Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Miami and Syracuse. All indications are that Selby -- a combo guard ranked 14th in the Class of 2010 by MaxPreps.com -- will make a final decision in the Spring.

Jones narrows list: Class of 2010 standout Terrence Jones trimmed his list of potential schools to seven -- specifically Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2010.

USC gains fifth Class of 2010 pledge: Kevin O'Neill accepted a commitment from Maurice Jones, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels. Jones is a 5-7 point guard who reportedly averaged 28 points and 13 assists last season in high school. He's the fifth Class of 2010 prospect to commit to USC despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.
Posted on: September 25, 2009 8:58 am

Nation's top player schedules visits

Scout.com's top-ranked player in the Class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, has scheduled his remaining visits.

They are:
  • October 2: Oklahoma
  • October 9: UCLA
  • October 16: Kansas
  • October 23: Duke
  • November 6: Iowa State (unofficial)
Each prospect is allowed five official visits.

Barnes -- a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa -- has already visited North Carolina officially.
Posted on: September 23, 2009 7:17 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2009 7:19 pm

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Jayhawk 'Em

I love people with too much time on their hands.

They make the Internet a better place.

For proof, consider that there is already a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Jayhawk 'Em site.


Just awesome.

We're not even 24 hours removed from Tyshawn Taylor dislocating his finger throwing a punch at a KU football player, and we've already got a site called PointPlankn.com . The name is a reference to one of Taylor's recent Facebook updates. If you missed the update, well, here you go: “Real n-ggers do real things .. point plankn."

Honestly, I couldn't begin to guess what "point plankn" means. But I've already used it three times today, most recently when I told my wife, "You need to make sure the kid knows his vocabulary words for tomorrow ... point plankn."

Somehow, I think it works.

Anyway, click this link to check it out.

And have fun punching a KU football player ... point plankn.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 23, 2009 2:47 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2009 2:50 pm

Yep, they're fighting again at KU

The "skirmish" where Tyshawn Taylor dislocated a finger?

Man, that's old news.

The Kansas basketball and football players have now progressed to a second fight -- Round 2! -- that was ignited Wednesday by one of the Morris Twins (either Marcus or Markieff) pushing a KU football player down a set of stairs at an on-campus building, according to The University Daily Kansan .

Witnesses said players from both teams were throwing punches.

Police were called to calm the situation and question students and student-athletes.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kansas
Posted on: September 23, 2009 6:28 am
Edited on: September 23, 2009 11:12 am

KU's Taylor injured in 'skirmish'

Kansas sophomore Tyshawn Taylor suffered a dislocated thumb in a Tuesday night "skirmish" and could be sidelined for four weeks, the Lawrence Journal-World is reporting.

According to the paper, Taylor was the player most seriously injured in an incident between members of the KU basketball and football teams. A source said an argument began as two groups of players crossed paths at an on-campus building, and that punches were thrown.

Taylor was treated and released at a local hospital.

Naturally, he later posted about it on Facebook.

“Real (racial slur)s do real things ... point plankn," Taylor posted before adding, "I got a dislocated finger ... from throwing a punch."

Taylor averaged 9.7 points per game last season.

He got a career-high 26 in a February win at Oklahoma.

Kansas is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 (and one) .
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 23, 2009 4:35 pm

Barnes cuts list; Xavier gains commitment

Harrison Barnes, Scout.com's top player in the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list of possible colleges.

That list (according to Scout.com):
  • Duke
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • UCLA
Barnes will reportedly visit UNC on Sept. 4-5.

No timetable has been made for his final decision.

Meantime, Xavier got a commitment from a Top 100 prospect on Sunday. Justin Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to the Musketeers just before leaving from a weekend visit to campus. Scout.com ranks him as the 87th-best prospect in the country.
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