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.
He was the much needed water wings our kiddies needed this year until they got used to being in the pool. Imagine what our non con record would have been without him. All things happen for a reason, Vick not getting any interest from the NBA last year, Self losing out on Romeo and having a scholarship available, and even his departure now that the kids are capable of developing their own leadership. He isnt why we lost the streak, shouldn't be a scapegoat on that at all as we wouldnt have had a shot at it without him. 3rd Place in the Big 12 isnt bad at all for a Rebuilding Year and lets face it, its the biggest remodel we've had since 05-06 thanks to Doke's injury and NCAA's punitive actions on Silvio, so that even our Experienced Guys are redshirts playing for the first time thru the Big 12 competition. Realistic Expectations were that eventually KU Math, where you subtract draft picks but still get better every year, wasnt going to work, especially with such a high standard set by our program.
Now is when we see how tough we are, the streak is gone, its over, they are "the guys", but that was only the first goal for this season, most teams in the nation right now are playing for the postseason, thats reality, and we already have the luxury of worrying about what our seed will be. That kept the most important streak alive, consecutive NCAA Appearances. Without Vick early, this could have been the year that streak got broken too.
Let's see how they come out against Baylor now that the conference race is over, do they give up, do they write the season off or do they take the opportunity to get better, do they take advantage of the opportunity to vindicate themselves in the Big 12 Tourney and go into the Big Dance a better team on a confident roll? Lot's of goals still remaining and lots of opportunity for success if they stay focused on developing the very young but very talented current roster.
Posted 8 March 2019, 7:15 a.m.
Actually, Vick was the leader, and not a very consistent one at that, then he disappeared. We would have had a better shot of keeping the steak alive with him but now that the streak is over, our postseason ceiling might be higher without him, forcing the other guys to keep being aggressive instead of deferring to the senior when the going gets tough. They definitely have improved throughout the second half of the season given more PT even if they havent yet learned to win on the road.
Posted 6 March 2019, 10:57 a.m.
The feelings being expressed right now by many fans are why others call us spoiled. Winning a conference championship is Hard, ask the other 9 teams in the Big 12. Maybe this is when the achievement of 14 Straight starts to sink in and is actually appreciated. Its a mark that will stand forever unless there are major changes in the rules about leaving early.
Meanwhile, this season is one of Coach's best jobs of developing guys fast, just not fast enough given that Doke's injury put the team into rebuild mode and behind the pace of gelling vs other rosters that have been set from the beginning, then when the NCAA made the Silvio decision and then Vick left, it was starting all over again. Honestly, if we didnt have Doke and Vick in the beginning of the season, we would have had several more losses early, so given the turnover in our roster, it probably worked out the best for the long term, defined as this year's postseason and next year with everyone returning.
I feel sorry for the guys being remembered as the ones who lost the streak but the story line will probably be remembered as the season Doke broke his wrist, Lagerald left and the NCAA went crazy on Silvio. At least it will be unless they give up and get eliminated early in the Big12 tourney and NCAA tourney. At least our record streak of NCAA appearances is safe this year (gee, there's that spoiled tone again)
Posted 6 March 2019, 10:49 a.m.
Vick played an important role, senior leadership and 3 point production over the first 20 games and that gave the freshmen a chance to acclimate to college ball. They would have stunk even with Doke early in the season. But, that being said, if he comes back now, his role will be at the end of the bench now that the kids had to grow up without him. Swapping his up and down attitude for Ochai's made an improvement and also got the senior out of the way so that Devon had to take the leadership role now. Gotta take care of business now in Lubbock, defend all over the floor, no margin for error or another loss and winning that one on the road will show growth.
Posted 19 February 2019, 10:18 a.m.