Conspicuous absense of mention of Self, or KU, for such a loooooong story.
He is now the player I thought he could be from the first feed of him I saw of him in high school. He is far and away the greatest post talent since Wilt and Jabbar.
Players with cars they are not supposed to have and apparently sustained recruiting embargoes can drive a man to high cholesterol foods and drinks with too much high fructose corn syrup!
@Fightsongwriter Just in comparison to other programs, since Self has been here - UNC 5 Final Fours [EASYGATE, DUMP TRUCKS, ALWAYS MORE TALENT THAN KU], Duke 3 FFs [MEDIUM AND LONG STACKS, ALWAYS MORE TALENT THAN KU ], UK 4 FFs [ALL LONG STACKS, ALWAYS MORE TALENT THAN KU], MSU 4 FFs [LEGITIMATE], Louisville 3 FFs [PROSTITUTION-ASSISTED RECRUITING] UConn 3 FFs [CORRUPTION DEFINED ON FIRST TWO], Florida 3 FFs [HELLUVA COACH THAT GAVE UP ON RECRUITING CORRUPTION AND WENT TO THE PROS TO CASH OUT], Butler 2 FFs GREAT COACH THAT GOT SCREWED OUT OF RINGS, GAVE UP AND WENT TO THE PROS]], Wisconsin 2 FFs [GREAT COACH THAT GOT SCREWED OUT OF TWO RINGS, SAID SO, THEN GOT SMEARED INTO RETIREMENT LIKELY FOR SAYING SO] , Ohio St. 2 FFs [A GUY WHO COULDNT GET IT DONE WITH DUMP TRUCKS], Syracuse 2 FFs [CORRUPTION, FAB MELO, STAFF PEDO ALLEGATIONS].
This was an excellent list to work with.
Self is NOT super human. Ratso, Donovan, and Bo likely were all as good, or better.
But Self is way the heck better than the rest for the period considered.
Watched the feed.
Devin is smooth, shifty, good body control in the air, and has a nice touch inside and out, but he releases his J low and he has no left hand.
I’m not sure even Self can mask no left hand on a point guard.
He will struggle in D1 unless/until he gets one.
Some guys can learn to dribble and lay up off hand, but others not.
Hope he is one that can.
All kidding aside concussions are a bad deal. Once you have one its so much easier to have another.
Well, said. I’m wishing Malik Newman all the best and a safe recovery. He has a great future at KU, if he will let himself heal from this and come back. He was going through the kind of growing pains lots of players do that enroll in Bill Self’s Center for Advanced Basketball Studies. Nothing was wrong with his game that a little more neural net growth would not remedy. Here’s hoping the head ache eases and he can get back when ever the doctors say its safe.
Puerto Rico and Cuba are the next really huge development opps in the Caribbean Basin: Puerto Rico because of the 'cane damage, and Cuba because of the communism damage. I would really like to see some KU alumni build an arena in Cuba, or Puerto Rico, and tie it to a huge casino/hotel/resort complex called the Crimson Resort. Puerto Rico would be very cool, since it is a part of USA and so they could apply for an NBA franchise for the arena. NBA leadership would love a gambling operation, er, um, franchise in a great climate and its about time KU got a cut of all the gambling revenues off the top that Big Gaming is making off our Birds. Let’s open our own casino!!! Man, could we fund the minor sports with gambling revenues, or what!!! This resort/arena/gaming complex could be owned by another KU spin off–a Panama, or Netherland Antilles corporation that banks in the Caymans. Call it KUED aka KU Entertaiment Department. This baby could be churning out beau coup bucks 365 days a year for the minor sports. Why, in no time at all, we can have all the minor sports locker rooms and playing facilities 24K gold plated. The minor sports could wear all Tom Ford designer outfits. And there would still be enough left over for another KU spin off called KUPSC aka KU PetroShoeCo to go into business making KU brand basketball shoes in a factory we would get a big Trump tax break for opening up on Puerto Rico. Imagine KU with its own shoe brand and with the revenues from a really booming casino able to run may 10 power summer game teams!!! Every year KU would have a long stack of 13 scholarship OADS. Every year KU would win the NCAA March Carney no matter how much they shafted us with seeding. This dog hunts!!!
And the fans would be able to travel down to 1 pre conference holiday tournament and maybe a couple of other non conference games to get out of the cold weather in Kansas this time of year.
Oh, what the hell!!! KU could rent out the Crimson Resort to other D1 teams that wanted to schedule some of their home games in a resort setting for their fans! There are 300 plus D1 teams. I’ve got to think at least a hundred of them would be willing to schedule at least one of their home games down at the Crimson Resort in Puerto Rico.
This is a classic win-win.
Americans helping fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.
Jayhawk faithful getting some of Puerto Rico’s balmy climate.
Thanks for the pictorial as usual. Bang up job.
I am always fascinated by that state capital building which so elegantly expresses architecturally the unicameral state government Nebraska operates with. I always wonder if the unicameral form of government is responsible for how lousy Nebraska basketball is, or how good their football used to be? Probably not responsible for either, right, lest NU would still be good in football.
I know a lot of persons blame Fizzourah for leaving the B12. I am not one of them. I congratulate them on their leaving. I praise them for reuniting with their true spiritual legacy in the Southeast. I am grateful they left, so KU is free of them at last.
Alas, I remain ambivalent about Nebraska’s departure. I had some family with ties to Nebraska–some Hunkies, and some Germans. I know what good people Nebraskans are. Kansans and Nebraskans were borne of the same crucible of Bloody Kansas, really. The Kansas-Nebraska territory might never have been separated were it not for the ambitions of western Missourians to cut off and absorb Kansas, and the Crown-schilling idiots of Charleston, SC stupidly trying to pry Kansas away from western Misssourians to make a free standing slave state that would add 2 more slaver senators for votes regarding Jefferson Davis’ and Judah Benjamin’s ambitions to build a southern railroad of their own, or worst case for the Crown. Add in the Oklahomans and the North Texans and folks in the Dakotas and you had decent bunch to build an American spine with that the East and West coasts could not have played divide and conquer with as much as they have subsequently.
Without Nebraska leaving, I doubt the Tigers would have left, so I am grateful to Nebraska for causing the cascade that lead to MU leaving.
On the other hand, I am pretty confident that the Big 12 would have avoided many of its problems that have nearly sunk it, and continue to haunt it, still, had Warren Buffett not reputedly meddled and moved NU to the Big Corn and Car Conference. Though who can say for sure, if Warren really did weigh in, he appeared not to have been thinking about what was best for NU football, the Big 12, or even the Big Ten. Look at the miserable football and basketball teams Nebraska now fields as an also ran in the Big Ten. Nebraska was 4-8 this season in head injury ball. How the mighty have fallen for a little bigger check in a meaningless western division of the Big Ten that no one even cares about the existence of. Pitiful.
It appears in retrospect that Buffet may have been heady from association with Bill Gates and with the Boeing and Crown ties that implies, and on an incredible investment role from our phony stock market being migrated from diversified producer firms to oligopolies floated up with untraceable bailouts and defense contracts, and so may have been appearing to have felt his oats and locked horns with the Kochs. Love’em or hate’em, the Kochs aren’t to be trifled with. In retrospect, it appears he was maybe trying to stop the Koch’s from punching their bitumen slurry tube through his beloved Nebraska, and weighing in to cement the northward expansion of the Super Corridor, and while I haven’t looked lately, I’m not sure he, or anyone else, really succeeded in stopping the bitumen slurry tube. Now with President Trump in power enabling what only he could call “beautiful, clean coal,” there will be plenty of coal to frack the pipeline slurry, too.
Woe is Nebraska, when a private oligarch reputedly leaned the direction that conference realignment of Nebraska actually went.
Woe is the Big 12–teetering some as a 5th wheel in the 4 wheel football play off, without Nebraska.
Really, KU is about the only winner by getting rid of MU.
I know some are excited about KU jumping into the corn and car conference. Not me.
But KU could really benefit from a stronger Big 12.
If KU eventually has to go to the western division of the Big Ten–the Siberia of the Big Ten, the way Nebraska did, I shudder to think what will become of KU basketball.
But maybe KU will get some Geico gecko stickers if we make the jump, eh?
Well I hope he can help. I’m worried that he will be so far behind that he might not be any better than Mitch. But if he is a quick learner, and the upperclassmen utilize that gym in the dorm to run through the playbook with him whenever they can, there is definitely some upside.
I agree that he could be no better than Lightfoot. But he will help enormously simply because he is another body that is actually a basketball player. KU needs at least a three man rotation inside to let KU’s bigs play aggressively for 40 minutes in a 4-1 set, go with two bigs for short stretches as MUs require, and help us bridge through inevitable injuries and flu.
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