Welcome Back Devon!! We love you and are a model of how to explore your options at the combine under the new rules. Demonstrated that you want feedback, are coachable, and dedicated to reaching your ceiling, not just getting by on the high school hype. Thats a lot of maturity for a young man.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:45 a.m.
He was so overconfident about being a OAD, he may have not taken care of the academics either. I think we all agree, getting Dotson back was more important, and going back to playing two bigs, the minutes arent there to guarantee him the starts and PT this year.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:31 a.m.
Agreed, even if he had all the talent in the world, he wasnt teachable due to his own ego and his parents too. He had his chance, got the starts his freshman year even when he didnt deserve them. Its somebody else's turn this year. Ochai is a better fit, a team player who has just as high a ceiling and is more likely to get there because he is coachable.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:26 a.m.
He believed all the high school hype, was never humble enough to "get it", and was so sure he'd be a One and Done he may not have done his Spring academics. Given that Adidas has been to court already, I wouldnt be surprised to see him transfer to a Nike school, as its obvious the NCAA doesnt want to know anything about Duke and Arizona, and can probably still get a "signing bonus" under the table. EGO is his main problem. Ochai gets the chance this year instead of guaranteeing Q the starts.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:20 a.m.
And I think back to all the times Franchilla and the other announcers said "nobody from this squad will be leaving early", I guess we will see come draft day, but I dont think we need to be too concerned about losing all of them. All the "testers" give recruits the allusion there are lots of minutes available, while reality could turn out just the opposite. Relax and believe in Bill, he's got this no matter who suits up in a KU jersey next year.
Posted 18 April 2019, 7:37 a.m.
If I were a recruit, deciding between KU and Duke, I wouldnt forget that the Nike-Zion-Duke trial is coming up next, Zion's "Asks" were already revealed in the Adidas trial and are currently being further publicized by Avenetti's involvement. At least the Adidas trial is over and the big payoff was to a guy we initiated the investigation about and therefore never played a game, DeSouza's totally unjust penalty has already been handed down, and at the conclusion of the FBI/Adidas trial, they still said the schools were defrauded, thus not part of a conspiracy. Those are all still question marks for Duke with the primary protection being, they'd never to that to their darling Coach K/Duke.
Posted 18 April 2019, 7:31 a.m.
I like it, were transitioning from a Memphis dominated team to a KC dominated Team with Mitch, Ochai, and now Christian, and I think they will play more for the name on their chest versus what the name on their chest can do for the name on the back of their jersey, not that the Memphis guys did us wrong in any way and I appreciate their contributions to the program, and honestly wish Dedric and KJ could stay longer even though it would be foolish for Dedric not to go after the numbers he put up with his "old man game" based more on Skill than just Size and Athleticism. We still had a very good year, especially considering we lost 3 starters, and that we lost them throughout the season, having to continually adjust styles and lineups to try and paper over their departures, meaning we never had a real chance to gel, or develop an identity.
I think Quentin should come back until he masters the two guard spot and has a chance to put up better 3pt percentages because right now, I would rank him between Selby and Oubre on the one and done list, both got NBA Contracts one didnt stick for long and the other has struggled to just stay in the league, both falling far short of their expectations when they left after only one mediocre year in college and counted on their High School Rankings to carry them into the draft. I think he understands the role now and as a Sophomore, could demonstrate his talent a lot better than fighting against it the first half of the season last year. If he is really confident in his talent and ability, coming back for another year would mean moving from a second round non guaranteed contract in this year's draft to a much bigger first round guaranteed contract in next year's draft. Another year of school would be a lot better than life in the G League IMO.
Posted 14 April 2019, 11:09 a.m.
All the end of season platitudes about appreciating the fanbase aside, this shows the program doesnt give a hoot about the fans, just the almighty dollar, anything that limits availability is NOT supporting the fan base.
Posted 11 April 2019, 12:26 p.m.
Every successful Tourney run has an unheralded player emerging as an x factor, I had hoped it was going to be Q, but hey, KJ's good too. Rock Chalk
Posted 22 March 2019, 4:52 a.m.
I think the light has turned on for our young Hawks, Defense wins Championships, its why they lost the Conference Championship and Tourney, not cold shooting or "getting a flat tire". After all the roster changes, they are finally jelling, listening to Coach, focusing on the scouting report, and trying to make the other team play poorly, while KJ emerged as a weapon and the whole team gained confidence in a blowout produced by defense, not hot shooting. Auburn will be a much tougher test but I think they are going into it with the right frame of mind. Go Jayhawks!
Posted 22 March 2019, 4:48 a.m.