Ramping up for more basketball action tomorrow. Starting to see the national coverage start to pick up.
To clarify from yesterday, the "strange" articles for the new weekly feature don't have to necessarily be disturbing, just something highly unusual or extremely cool. However, I don't want a bunch of staged clips from YouTube, or well funded stunts. These should be things that are spontaneous or outside the norm. Email them to me (link in my profile) and please include your username or first name, so I can give proper credit.
And so on. This is the single defining characteristic of Self's tenure: He has built lineups in the classical style -- developing players from clueless freshmen into All-American-level veterans while adding a dash of raw talent along the way. Every season, his teams are extremely good because every season there's another guy finally ready to make the most of his shot. Every season, that is, except this one.
I think we have already examined the fact that Self had been showcasing his mastery of player development for years. While I'm thrilled we always will have that to fall back on, I'm over the moon about nabbing an elite recruiting class (with hopefully more to come).
"I think in many ways, depending on how you play, it’s the hardest position to plug in," Bill Self told Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News three-and-a-half weeks ago. "Everybody’s got a stretch-four (a power forward who’s a three-point threat), and you play to that. Or you’ve got a post guy, and you play to that. Or your prototypical two-guard, and that stuff. But here’s a guy that basically is a guard in a 6-8 long frame that we will try to take advantage of him open court, posting him, utilizing him in ball screens."
Still, Wiggins finished with 10 points in 20 minutes in his second game in Allen Fieldhouse, and if he played starter’s minutes — let’s say 32 — he probably would have finished with 15 or 16 points. But this was an exhibition game against a team from the MIAA. And Self was rotating in players like a good-natured youth coach.
Yeah, I'm not worried about what I see in an exhibition. It's likely that tomorrow we see a normal rotation, Wiggins goes off in spurts, and we salivate about the epic matchup coming Tuesday until we embarrass ourselves.
Humility in the face of negativity and positivity keeps you balanced. Don't be afraid to let the other guys around you shine. A year from now you and your family's life will change forever. Some of the people around you will end their rodeo as yours is beginning. That being said, just be aware that your word and your day-to-day interactions with your teammates is what those guys in the locker room will remember most about you. From what I get reading [kusports.com], you're already handling that extremely well.
Until I remembered that this came from ESPN, it looked like the LJWorld name-dropped themselves. These letters were pretty cool to read.
"He can shoot with the best of them," said Black, who had three points, three rebounds against the Tigers. "We’ve been doing five-minute shooting (drills) ... Conner didn’t miss a shot in 10 practices in five-minute shooting. That’s unbelievable. He’s a good player."
Not sure how much is coachspeak, but it's definitely looking like our guys are all pushing to keep that redshirt off. Our depth is insane this year.
Many have speculated that KU’s third-quarter issues — the Jayhawks have been outscored 69-31 in the third quarter this season — stem from the adjustments that opposing coaches make at halftime. But Weis said Tuesday that most of the mistakes that have killed KU after halftime have been on the Jayhawks themselves.
Glad to see him get picked up somewhere. Best of luck to him.