Let it play out everyone please. Hes in good hands. He can bulk up if need be and he will learn other skills while at KU. At this point, there is no reason to think he wont be an impact player. He was rated high for a reason. Its not an accident. Lets support and encourage the young man.
Posted 5 June 2017, 3:04 p.m.
I trust Bill Self knows how to handle this situation. As a HOF coach and holder of 13 straight big 12 titles, a national championship, and 10 home losses all time (in 14 seasons) I trust the man knows how to handle college basketball players. Just a hunch.
Posted 19 April 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Dennis, spot on. Just like Trae to OU, the chance to be the man, and play basically at home will be the difference. Forget abou zona or baylor. Its duke, ku or seton hall. and duke already has players like we do. He will start right away at SH and be an impact player for them immediately.
Posted 13 April 2017, 3:22 p.m.
I'm not even going to go with the "i told you so" tangent but rather, thank goodness devonte is back. We need him. Especially his non Oregon shooting ( 0-6?!?!?!?) and his non-Oregon aggressiveness (only 6 shots?!?!?!?)
Posted 10 April 2017, 11 p.m.
I'll say it until I'm Jayhawk Blue in the face. Self wants the high low game. That's his bread and butter. He played 4 guards because Bragg couldn't provide consistent minutes and run the high-low action with Landon.
Starting 5 should be (and this is assuming Preston listens, beefs up and works hard as Self will expect of him and Graham returns, which I fully expect given he's a late 2nd round as it stands right now in the draft.)
C Udoka F Preston F Svi G Newman G Graham
Bench: Coleby Lightfoot Vick Cunliffe Garrett That's a good top 10. If we can add a couple more pieces that can develop that would be great. And while I don't think Preston will be as versatile a 2 way player as Jackson was, I think you will see him be a big time player for us and maybe win another Big 12 Freshman of the year for KU.
Posted 7 April 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Called this last week before keegs did. Not thrilled about it, but it may be addition by subtraction as other have said. We'll be fine and we will find someone else to fill his spot. Good luck Carlton.
Posted 6 April 2017, 11 p.m.
I still think bragg will transfer. I dont want him to. But i think he will. If he doesn't, him, preston and udoka have to think inside out not outside in. As a center for udoka, this should not be hard. For preston and bragg, they need to beef up and start thinking about low post triple threat position and make teams pick poisons between leaving them one on one or passing out to our lethal perimeter group. They cant always play on the perimeter and make themselves easy to guard as tall forwards. Im telling you, self wants to get back to high low and tough interior defense. He has the team to do so assuming everyone is healthy. We would be wise to not be a perimeter based team next season. Shooting can run cold as we saw against oregon. But points in the paint, blocked shots, steals and rebounding are staples to winning every game.
Posted 4 April 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Not firing self. We shot 20% from 3. Make our normal clip (40-45%) and we maybe win or have a chance at the end. I found a very sad stat for KU in Elite Eights under self. Weve shot collectively 26% from 3 in those 7 games. I do agree with us playing tight everytime as a 1 seed. There are two instances in the elite eight we didnt play tight. Selfs first e8 against georgia tech his 1st year as coach. Game went to OT and jarrett jack just won the game for them. Then in 2012 against unc. We were the underdog in that game to be sure and played loose and aggressive. Every other time (UCLA, Davidson, VCU, Villanova, Oregon) we have played not to lose and also, been a 1 seed. We only beat davidson because our team defense was our calling card all year. Maybe lets lose a couple non-con games early next season and a be a 2 seed again. Haha.
Posted 29 March 2017, 9:27 a.m.
What I think is not being mentioned is that Bragg is transferring after this season. He won't be back next year. With his off the court issues as well as on the court issues, I think he will leave for a fresh start. Self has been hard on him and deservedly so. I just think lack of playing time and the dark cloud that surrounds him he will exit. frontcourt already has 4 rotation players in udoka, coleby, preston, and lightfoot. Preston is a 5 star power forward, so you know self will want to start rolling back to his famous high low action with that talented of a post player, along with Udoka they will have a two headed monster down low. This 4 guard lineup worked for a season, but I think it will go back to the way self likes to construct and play. Newman, Garrett, Vick, and Graham will man the backcourt. I expect vick to take jackson's role as he is as close in terms of athleticism and defense. Graham and Newman Start with Garrett supplementing off the bench as 2 guard for newman. Expect Graham(assuming he stays) to play a lot of minutes like Frank did this year. Just to be the anchor for our team which will once again feature frontcourt scoring as an emphasis.
Posted 28 March 2017, 5:28 p.m.
We can theorize all we want about strengths and weaknesses. Luckily fans dont play the games, players do. And in my mind, i dont think KU is underestimating PURDUE at all. I trust frank mason and lucas have our team focused, along with coach self. We know whats at stake and we know we have a home court advantage. IF we play the way we are capable of, we can win this game. Lets cheer our hearts out and stay positive! Rock Chalk!
Posted 23 March 2017, 2:19 p.m.