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Jayhawks coach Bill Self gets much of the credit for his ability to coach Kansas past a team littered with NBA talent, but it seems he may not have done it alone. A scouting report from the son of Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard on Duke from 3 months ago may have been used as a cheat sheet for the Hall of Fame head man.
Howard posted to his Instagram page this week that his son, 9-year-old Jay Jay, prepared a Duke scouting report 3 months ago because, as you can see at the bottom of his scouting report, he didn't want his dad to lose again. Also of note: Jay Jay notes that "Duke has a lot of weaknesses."
So about 3 months ago I was home watching film and doing my scouting report on another team, and Jay Jay asks if he could help. I said no but you should pick a good team that you know and have seen play before and write up your own scouting report. He picked Duke not knowing we would end up playing in a epic game to go to the final four. I promise you I can’t make this up!
Kansas executed several of Jay Jay's points to perfection, which is pretty incredible. But most important was his point on number four about getting rebounds and keeping Duke off the boards.
The Jayhawks limited Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter, Duke's towering centers, to a combined 12 rebounds in the win; it allowed Kansas' guards to crash the glass and win the boards, as KU out-rebounded Duke 47-32 on the evening.
Jay Jay may have been looking to simply keep his dad from losing with his Duke scouting, but he may have stumbled into a profession with the way he foresaw how this game would be won.