List of schools pursuing former Jayhawk Dwight Coleby starting to take shape

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (22) looks to take the ball to the bucket against Georgia forward Houston Kessler (24) during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 during the championship game of the CBE Classic at Sprint Center.

Stephen F. Austin site, TheSawmill.com, reported Thursday that the school is one of several programs considering adding Kansas big man Dwight Coleby.

Coleby, who sat one year and played this past season after transferring from Ole Miss, announced earlier this week that he was leaving KU in search of more playing time during his final season of eligibility.

As a recent KU graduate, Coleby immediately will be eligible to play for his new team during the 2017-18 season.

According to the report, Stephen F. Austin currently sits at the scholarship limit and would have to find a way to make room for the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Bahamas native should they win the recruiting battle to add him.

Coleby faced a similar situation at Kansas, with junior guard Svi Mykhailiuk still undecided on staying in the draft or returning to school for his senior season, but there has been no indication that the numbers dilemma was the final straw for Coleby. Playing time was.

He averaged just 5.6 minutes per game last year during his lone season of eligibility with the Jayhawks and is hoping to significantly increase that number — along with his production — during his final season while better showcasing himself for potential pro opportunities after college.

The Sawmill report indicates that adding a player of Coleby’s size and ability would give the Lumberjacks an asset that is “completely unmatched in the Southland Conference.”

Former Kansas staff member Kyle Keller is currently the head coach at SFA and he is competing with coaches from SMU, Mississippi State, Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas-Little Rock and Wester Kentucky.

The report also noted that Coleby would like to make a decision on his future school by the end of the month.

NBA workouts

Former Jayhawks Landen Lucas and Frank Mason III both had pro workouts scheduled this week, with Lucas visiting the Sacramento Kings and Mason headed to Orlando to workout for the Magic.

Lucas was one of six players to attend the Kings’ Thursday workout, joining familiar faces Wesley Iwundu, of Kansas State, and Iowa State’s Naz Mitrou-Long. Not in the conversation for the June draft in Brooklyn, Lucas will look to catch on with a team through the NBA’s summer league sessions and he recently said that he liked his chances of impressing at least a couple of teams in the process.

“I really believe that I’m a better basketball player today than I was at the end of the season,” Lucas, who has been in Daytona, Fla., working out three times a day on all aspects of his game. “I always worked hard but now it’s almost like my job to work on my game and hopefully will soon be my job.”

Whether he catches on in the NBA or not, there appear to be plenty of opportunities for Lucas in professional basketball around the globe.

Mason, meanwhile, is looking to add momentum to his solid showing at the recent NBA combine. Mason continues to be projected as a second-round pick in the June draft but the reigning national player of the year has opened some more eyes during recent weeks and is trending in the right direction.

KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk also hopes to workout with a few NBA teams this week and weekend before making a final decision to stay in the draft or return to Kansas by the May 24 deadline.

Bamba to Texas

Seven-foot center Mo Bamba, the No. 2-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class ended his recruitment on Thursday by committing to Texas.

Bamba, of Westtown, Pa., played for UT coach Shaka Smart on a USA Basketball team and said the up-close view of Smart’s style and the bond they created helped make Texas his choice.

The addition of Bamba helps offset the loss of one-and-done center Jarrett Allen, who figures to be a lottery pick in the June NBA Draft, and should pair nicely with four-star point guard Matt Coleman in helping make the Longhorns more competitive again in the Big 12 Conference.

Camp dates

With the end of May approaching, KU’s Bill Self basketball camps are right around the corner.

This year’s camps, which are open to boys and girls from ages 4-18, will run in different sessions from June 4-18, with the first session running June 4-8 and the final session, a team camp for high schoolers, taking place June 16-18.

The stated goals of the camps are “for your child to have a great camp experience while improving and learning as a basketball player.”

For more information, contact Fred Quartlebaum at fquartlebaum@ku.edu.

Comments

Erich Hartmann

Good luck to Coleby, he could dominate in a league like SFA is in. So could have Lucas.

Not holding much hope for dominance out of UTexas basketball, as we know who their lackluster coach is. The one who thought his style "would translate well to the BigXII"...oops, something got lost in translation...

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Titus Canby

On another thread, someone mentioned how they'd like to see Perry Ellis as a KU coach at some point. I feel the same way about Landen Lucas. He's one of the most fundamentally sound frontcourt players we've had since Wayne Simien.

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Eliott Reeder

Had the opportunity to meet Landen Lucas recently and listen to him talk about the foundation he is starting to help kids in the community have access to sports and sports equipment. Great guy, great ambassador for KU and the whole community, totally agree with you here.

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RJ King

I see Perry more in the role of a Wayne Simien. To me, he is too quiet and not assertive enough to coach. More of mentor and to provide spiritual guidance.

Landon though, yes. I think he has both the smarts, leadership / communication skills, and fire to be a good head coach somewhere, someday.

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Harlan Hobbs

Agreed, Titus.

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Tim Orel

Should Svi remain in the draft, thereby freeing up his scholarship, is there any chance that Coleby might decide to remain at KU? I realize he'd be one of the stars at SFA, but is that better than remaining here and probably getting more playing time and coaching at a much higher level>

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Robin Smith

I think his departure says more about Preston and Lightfoot (and their readiness to get minutes) than it does about Svi returning, Coleby himself, or the addition of Whitman.

In other words, no, he made this decision because he's possibly going to be on the short end of big-man rotation minutes, even though he's great.

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Edward Daub

Best of Luck Dwight! Why is Wisconsin not on the List? Dwight is a Sure Fire Starter on my "All Cheese" Team!

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