3 Big Recruits Announcing Friday

  • @bskeet And Myles Turner won’t announce until spring. But I don’t think it’s an issue for Turner to share minutes with Embiid regardless whether Embiid goes or stays.

  • @Blown And I believe Coach Self likes to play two ball handlers at the same time. Question is will Jones be able to come in as 2 guard while on court with Tharpe?

  • @Wishawk --sorry about that. There was an accidental post there where it copied part of another thread I had been reading.

    Just enjoying the quality of analysis. Input by everyone here is top notch!

  • @wish and I wish my reply was juxtaposed with yours…I see a more likely scenario that Naa slides over to the 2 and Tyus runs the point. That would be best for egos (Tyus’) but Naa knows all the plays already so,…back to square one.

    But my gut feeling is that Tyus is headed to the East coast.

  • @Wishawk, I’ve come to believe that “combo guard” means “not a point guard”. Last year is an excellent example. Do you think it’s as important to have two ball handlers when you have an actual point guard running things? We haven’t had a real point guard (distribute first, score second) since Aaron Miles.

  • Self will go real hard after Turner if we whiff here. If that happens, I personally don’t see Turner coming if Embiid and Ellis stay. Top 5 guy and he wouldn’t start? I don’t know about that. But if Embiid goes, that would make Turner a “must have” – maybe as important a recruit as we’ve had in a long time. Because missing on him would leave us flailing in the post.

    As for Jones, I am just not interested. I like our perimeter players. Don’t want to mess that up. Period. Wiggins/Selden leave, we still have the best perimeter in the country next season. Mark that one down.

  • My opinion is that Russ Rob was a pure point.

  • @HighEliteMajor I’d expect Turner to start over Embiid. Embiid was a Rivals 25 ranked player coming in. And his NBA status is a lot based on his high ceiling/potential, not on his skills. He has a lot of raw talent, but it might not be enough to keep Turner from starting over him. So I think Turner might welcome the competition if Coach Self show him enough love.

  • As for Jones, I am just not interested. I like our perimeter players. Don’t want to mess that up. Period.

    –I can’t believe I didn’t think of it this way yet. Tharpe, Mason, Greene, White, Oubre…and maybe even production from Frankamp. That’s a full house. Writings on the wall for me now.

  • I firmly believe that Ellis is coming back to complete his degree and fine tune his skill set. I can see where Ellis could move to the SF position and Alexander take overt the PF position. If Ellis makes it to the NBA, I can see him more as a SF than PF, and playing one year at KU the SF position would increase his versatility and improve his outside game. I have seen videos of Okafor and Alexander and I am more impressed with Alexander; I think he has more of a power game where Okafor is more of a finesse player. While in town, Alexander was at his GF game with several KU players; I believe there are rules regarding how often he can meet with Coach Self and this is likely the reason why he did not see him. I think we get Alexander; Okafor and Jones go to Duke. Kansas seems to be the popular destination where Kentucky appears to have been hurt by the NIT loss; another sub-standard season by Kentucky and the squid mystique disappears, not a bad thing.

  • My pitiful take is that we have a great chance with all three: Alex, Ok, and Turner. I only hope Self learned from Tarc. I hope Self kept all three bigs open and that Turner was kept in the coaching loop. Howard has to be a huge help with Alex and Ok. Turner seems to be a KU lean regardless. Incidentally, funny that Turner hasn’t committed either. I really think he’s playing his recruiting really well with the other two bigs. These bigs know they will be an immediate impact for any program.
    I do think we are reading too much into the Self’s squad right now. Jaydoc and HEM are both conspiracy theorists with a valid point about Ellis and Embiid. Alex has the biggest decision. He wants to play, period. However, he will have to go where the program would likely miss the tourney. He gambles with the other two programs. However, he’s almost guaranteed to be a draft pick at any program. But if he wants to dance, you go where they have a consistent history of dancing. Ok is a great kid. I really respect his decision. BUT, I’ve always been a bit criticial of the ‘buddy thing.’ I really think he makes a good decision either way, but you need to think about your own development at the next level. KU gives him a proven big man coach in Self, and Hudy is going to get your body NBA ready, see Twins and TRob. I think Dook is soft when it comes to bigs. I posted Dooks last good big man and it was Shelden Williams. Carlos Boozer is doing well. But, Dook doesn’t seem to max their bigs or maybe not too consistent. But it is Ok’s decision to make, not ours. Turner is waiting to see where these two go and I think he comes to KU regardless of Ellis or Embiid. Turner needs Hudy the most when compared to Alex and Ok. I’m not worried. It would be nice to get one or both of these recruits, but in the end, it will work well. Self knows how to max his bigs. I think we walk away with one of the three at least. Texas would be the biggest failure for any recruit right now and Barnes’ position isn’t the most stable right now. He’s one more season closer to the unemployment line. I think UT is fed up with him.

  • HEM- I think Embiid goes on potential alone. He’s got the skills and the GM’s love his height. He can hit the FTs too for a footer.

  • I know a few facts, not speculation. Alex likes Howard and KU. Ok and his dad love Self. Howard may even have some pull with Ok. Turner is simply KU’s to lose if one or both of the others choose KU. And this recruiting thing is too much fun.

    Funny how some of you are sure Alex comes to KU and others say Ok is coming to KU.

  • Hey … if we get Alexander, Turner, or Okafer … just one … this is an absolutely huge win for coach Self. Just one of them. He has a perimeter stud in Oubre. If Okafer or Alexander signs, we have zero recruiting worries and can talk about games, etc., and forget recruiting for a while.

    I think it’s an interesting suggestion that Turner would start over Embiid. No way I can refute that. I would simply revert to the tried and true “Selfism” – experience is a trump card. But if Turner’s talent, or better yet, his polish, is better than Embiid, I could see it too.

    I am very excited to see Embiid’s progress this season. With a top 10 draft spot in the offing, he won’t be here next season (@truehawk93 is dead on there). I really believe that his progress will help dictate our assent this season. We need Embiid to be a force.

  • @Blown - konkey had suggested that Frankamp redshirt next season vs. this season, when we discussed this last week. With those perimeter players, I see why.

  • I’ve seen the bumper sticker already:

    “Recruit’em all and let God sort’em out!”

    Maybe I had a flashback. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day.

    It’s still not too late to take a vet out to lunch.

  • HEM- Let’s talk game and slayr is right, it will all sort out in the end. I think KU wins one way or another on the recruiting saga.

    Dook…I love Greene as a nightmare for them. It will be interesting to see who steps up on the stage.

    Winners want the ball, who wants the ball for KU?

  • Greene is the dream and love how he steps up to the shot. His confidence should get better with each game. I love his shooting mentality. I hope he matches it with his defensive intensity.

  • Good point Blown, Robinson became a pure point. But he was a scorer in high school, Remember his freshman year when he pouted on the bench and refused to go in for garbage minutes? That kind of ego doesn’t seem consistent with pure point. I love Robinson, and am very glad he grew out of that.

  • I love Greene too … but if he can only muster 3 minutes vs. ULM, does he even get in the game?

    I think it’s even odds that Greene and Frankamp don’t even play. Much like Adams and White last season vs. MSU. This is a good gauge on playing time. Against MSU, Self played 7 guys (and KY and Wesley got a combined 10 minutes as the 8th and 9th guys).

    There just isn’t a lot of PT to go around, unless the refs create it with the foul calls.

    By the way, this B.S. I heard from Bilas and Decoursey. I watched the replay of the MSU game vs. McNeese on BTN. No way that game was refereed the same way. Not even close. Hands, pushing , etc. No calls on most of it.

    McNeese had 9 total fouls, MSU 12.

  • HEM- I like White too. I think he would give us some balance on both ends of the court. Experience will win this game. White has that experience.

  • @truehawk93 - I have liked White (perhaps to a fault) since he hit campus. Banged that drum a lot last season (and I know it irritated more than a few). But that was mainly related to his shooting/scoring ability.

    His transformation is amazing. I watched video of Greene and quite frankly, I was concerned that White wasn’t that sort of athlete. I think a lot of folks had that concern, too, thus the transfer chatter.

    But White is transformed. The absolute poster child for Andrea Hudy and hard work. I was most surprised that White appears lighter on his feet and more agile. I had referred to him as a plodder. I won’t any more.

    White was the most impressive player in my opinion last Friday. He looks great.

  • I agree with all… Greene is going to be a great one. If there is an issue with Greene it may be that he’s coming around a bit slower on “Self ball” but when he does get it he’ll have to earn some minutes somewhere.

    With the rule thing we are going to need Greene and Conner this year, you can count on that. They may not see many minutes in games we don’t have foul trouble, but I’m fairly certain we’ll have foul troubles in many games this year, maybe half!

    Tonight, I’d have Naa run things TO-free, and inject minutes of Mason with some football pads on and tell him to drive and draw fouls.

    We’ll have to put them in as much foul trouble as we will be in if we expect to win.

  • Coach played Mason and Tharpe together a lot against Duke, with Tharpe playing off-ball. Was that to steer Tyus’s decision that he can come in run the point and we can move Tharpe to 2 and Mason off the bench?

    Don’t know, we should be ok even if we miss out on all three on Friday. Heck of a win against the Dookies though! I’m still pumped!

  • Looks like it is down to Kansas and Duke on two of the three. http://fansided.com/2013/11/13/jahlil-okafor-cuts-kentucky-wildcats-duke-kansas/

  • “They are tough in the post. They’ve had strong low post play since Bill (Self) has been there,” Krzyzewski said. “ Okafor are you listening?

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