Josh Jackson Commits to KU; Reasons He Could Impact More Than Wiggins

Josh Jackson commits KU

The rich get richer.

Whenever you’re a fan of schools such as Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and etc, it’s safe to say that in a calendar year, you’re happy more than not.

I mean, seriously, the only time of the year you’ll be upset is in March and that’s because your team was eliminated from the ‘Big Dance’.

Then again, at those ‘blue blood’ programs, you have a realistic chance to win the National Championship every single year.

When the brackets came out about a month ago, there were tons of people picking Kansas to cut down the nets. Unfortunately for Bill Self’s squad, they were ousted in the Elite Eight to the eventual National Champion Villanova Wildcats.

Sure, Kansas fans were hurt for a good 24-48 hours, but the luxury of being a fan of a blue blood program is that you always have recruiting to help ease the pain. However, following the season, Self only had two commits.

Albeit, one of them is five-star center Udoka Azubuike to go along with four-star power forward Mitch Lightfoot.

Nonetheless, Kansas was still missing that big splash.

Until now.

According to 247, Kansas just received the best player in the country, which is the first time Self has pulled this off since he landed some guy named Andrew Wiggins three years ago.

Jackson’s hype machine isn’t as big as Wiggins, however, don’t be surprised if he has a greater impact than the Canadian star did during his lone season in Lawrence.

Here’s three cases for Jackson:

1. Jackson’s ability to make others better

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While he has a bit of a shaky handle, similar to Wiggins, Jackson makes up for it with great basketball IQ. Self will have the same starting backcourt from last season, in Frank Mason and Devonte Graham, but don’t be surprised to see Jackson play some point-forward throughout the season.

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Breaking Down Wayne Selden’s Draft Stock

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This time three years ago, Wayne Selden Jr. was apart of a special Kansas class that featured Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.

Although Selden was a 5-star prospect and McDonald’s All-American, he was overshadowed by his counterparts. During his freshman campaign, Selden only averaged 9.7 points per game, while shooting 44% percent from the field.

Despite a disappointing year one, some scouts still thought Selden was worthy of a first round selection, but he elected to return to Lawrence. 

“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know, I will be returning for my sophomore season! Can’t wait to get to work & get back in the fieldhouse,” Selden tweeted.

Heading into his sophomore year, many expected for Selden to breakout, but when heralded freshman Kelly Oubre came into the picture, Selden was once again overlooked, as his scoring average went down to 9.4.

“It’s hard for a kid,” Self said. “You look at the guys like Wiggs and Kelly and you think, ‘Well I can do some of the things they can do. I can average double figures. Why can’t I leave, too?’

Now, with Selden virtually off the NBA radar, he was forced to return to school for a third year and as you know, the longer you stay in school, the more of a red-flag you become in the eyes of the NBA.

However, Selden has finally silenced the critics, as he displayed great spikes in scoring average (13.8), field goal percentage (47%) and three-point percentage (39%).

So, with the season Selden had, the following decision was more than warranted.

Nonetheless, there’s still uncertainty concerning Selden’s draft stock.

Right now, Selden is a borderline first round pick, which means if he falls to the second round, he won’t be guaranteed anything.

Having said that, retuning to KU for a senior year wouldn’t help his case unless he had a ‘Buddy Hield’ type year.

Here is the #1 Seed Most Likely to Lose in Elite 8

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Yes, it’s March Madness and all but when you look at how crazy and wild the regular season was, the big dance has been pretty calm for the most part.

Sure, Michigan State fell to Middle Tennessee, but beyond that, there hasn’t been any ground shaking upsets.

No too many people had Syracuse and Notre Dame in the Elite 8, however, these are two well respected programs with great coaches.

Speaking of respected programs, North Carolina and Virginia both took care of business tonight, which means all four number one seeds are just one win away from making it to Houston for the final four next week.

With that being said, which top seed is most likely to lose in the Elite 8?

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North Carolina and Virginia have the easiest matchups for a couple of reasons.

The Heels will be playing a Notre Dame team they just beat by 31 points a couple weeks ago. Now, UNC did lose to the Fighting Irish earlier in the season 80-76, but considering the familiarity Roy’s boys will have against the Irish and the clear size advantage, don’t expect for them to have much problem.

How about Virginia?

Just like UNC, they’ll be playing a familiar foe in Syracuse, who had one of the easiest paths to the Elite 8 in recent memory. Yes, you can only play who’s in front of you but for them to be a 10 seed, you couldn’t have asked for a better draw. Dayton, Middle Tennessee and Gonzaga?

When these two met in ACC play, Virginia won 73-65.

Kansas against Nova

The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t lost a game since January and don’t expect for that to change today against Villanova. Jay Wright’s ball club is a very good well rounded team, but they haven’t quite faced a juggernaut like Kansas thus far. The difference here will be the Jayhawks depth and overall balance.

March 12, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) and forward Dillon Brooks (24) celebrate during the second half in the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament against the Utah Utes at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Ducks defeated the Utes 88-57. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Although the Oregon Ducks have proved to be worthy of their number one seed, as I wrote about last night, they’re still the most likely one seed to fall this weekend.

Oregon is set face Buddy Hield and Oklahoma.

Anytime you have to face a player capable of filling the scoreboard like Hield, it can be very stressful. While I believe Oregon could very well win this game, in that same breathe I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go down because both teams love to run up and down the floor.

Whichever teams makes more outside jumpers and gets the vital stops down the stretch will be marching on to H-town.

5-Star C Udoka Azubuike Makes Decision; UNC or Kansas?

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The highly anticipated decision of Udoka Azubuike is finally here.

Udoka commits to Kansas

 

Azubuike is listed at 6-foot-11, 265 pounds.

After not having a true space eater down low since Joel Embiid, this commitment today was a very welcomed sign for everyone in ‘Rock Chalk’ nation.

KU Freshman Cheick Diallo Hires Lawyers For Battle With NCAA

Cheick Diallo commits to Kansas

Jayhawks freshman Cheick Diallo has been waiting for a ruling on his eligibilty for the upcoming basketball season. The NCAA is looking into his past school history, Diallo went to middle in Mali (West Africa) before transferring to Our Savior New American in Centereach, NY, as a ninth grader.

Diallo had decided to be proactive and hire Attorney Don Jackson to fight a potential ruling that would prevent him to play this season. Don Jackson comes with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with the NCAA having represented former McDonald’s All Americans Marvin Stone and Jackie Butler in amateurism investigations. He also successfully represented Austin Nichols in his move from Memphis to Virginia.

Diallo, who is a projected high-lottery in next year NBA’s draft, was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game in march and was supposed to be a force in Kansas’ frontcourt.

Kansas opens their season Friday at home against Northern Colorado followed by a game against Michigan State on Tuesday.

KSU Suspends Band Director, Imposes Fine For Showing Jayhawks Giving Oral Sex

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Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz apologized and announced on Tuesday the sanctions to be imposed for the marching band’s halftime routine during Saturday’s season opener.

When he announced the sanctions, President Schulz reminded every one of the sportsmanship pledge that was signed by K-State students.

The sanctions include a self-imposed $5,000 fine to be paid to the Big 12 Conference for violation of the league sportsmanship policy.
A single-game suspension for the university director of bands. The suspension will take place Nov. 28 at the game against the University of Kansas.
Prior approval for the content of all band halftime shows by representatives from the Office of Student Life and the Athletic Department.

President Schultz released this statement as well:

“At Saturday’s home football opener Kansas State University fell short of its obligation to conduct itself in a consistent manner with the principles of sportsmanship,” said President Kirk Schulz. “Good sportsmanship is part of the Wildcat way; we do not want to do anything that takes away from the tremendous efforts of our student athletes and the award-winning Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.”

Kansas Fumbles Away Chance To Tie The Game (Video)

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Kansas isn’t very good at this whole football thing.

As they tried to rally back and avoid a loss to FCS South Dakota State, things got weird as they tried to snap and spike the ball to stop the clock for a FG.

Oof. That was all kinds of bad. If you can’t successfully field the snap to spike the football, things probably aren’t going to go much smoother when you hit conference play in the Big 12.

It’s going to get ugly folks.

3 of Top BBall Recruits Contemplating All Going to Same School

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It’s pretty crazy every year when John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats gets to have four or five McDonald All-Americans play on the same team. Imagine if three of the Top 25 on ESPN 60’s Class of 2017 were controlling where they play as a package deal?

That’s exactly what the Number 3 recruit Michael Porter Jr. is saying.

The Missouri native who has his own USA Today’s High School Basketball blog, wrote after the Elite 24 Classic confirming that him and Number 25 recruit Trae Young will be playing together in college. Now they’re in talks with the Number 1 Overall player in the Class of 2017 on ESPN and Scout, DeAndre Ayton.

It’s hard to narrow your college choices for yourself, can they all agree on one college that will work for them to be themselves on the court?

Porter Jr. and Young have become very close and college coaches have been offering to both, and now Ayton has become close to Michael after playing in the NBPA Top 100 camp. That AAU relationship developed even further after both were selected to play in the Elite 24 game.

Porter Jr. has offers from Kansas, Duke, Washington, Missouri and Virginia. One interesting side note is coach Lorenzo Romar is his godfather, and Porter admits that helps the Huskies a little.

I’m sure people will want to know if him being my godfather gives Washington an edge, and I’ll definitely say that it helps them. I don’t know if I would’ve looked at Washington as close if he wasn’t there, but I wouldn’t say it gives them a lead.

One thing we can agree on is Porter Jr. sounds very honest. Young, Ayton, and himself will all enjoy the college recruitment process.

Check out these video clips of Ayton, Porter Jr., and Young to see how devastating all three would be on one team.



If Ayton joins the Porter Jr. and Young package, college coaches will really have sell a different pitch to land them.

I guess will wait on Michael for the next college update since the junior got his own blog and all.

Markieff Morris on If He’s Not Returning to Suns: “For Sure”

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The tension between the Phoenix Suns organization and Markieff Morris continues to get uglier if that is even possible.

Morris spoke with Philly.com and openly saying he will not return to Phoenix next season.

“One thing for sure, I am not going to be there,” Morris said Tuesday after a morning workout at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia.

“If you want to put that out there, you can put that out,” he added. “. . . I am not to going to be there at all.”

Morris clearly states he won’t hold out until he’s moved to another team.

“I’ve got to show up. No question.” said Morris, who is scheduled to make $8 million this season. “You can’t do that. I will be a professional. Don’t get me wrong.“But it won’t get that far. . . . I’m going to be out before then, should be.”

The Philly native was clearly hurt by his twin brother being moved to Detroit, not to mention his current base salary of $8 million per year is one of the NBA’s best bargains for Morris’ skill set.

Markieff loved playing with his brother and after Marcus was dealt, that bargain contract became a the final straw for Markieff to want out of Phoenix.

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The Suns can ill afford to lose the former Jayhawk, who averaged a career high 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in just under 32 minutes a game last season. At 6’10, Morris is an athletic big who can post and shoot from the perimeter extending to three point line and beyond.

Not to mention he’s a physical player on both ends, that physicalness also led to him leading the NBA in technicals last season.

The Suns need to resolve this situation with their unhappy star forward or cut their losses and deal Morris as he wishes.