When Perry Ellis said he was returning for his senior season, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self thought about the possibilities. Ellis will have a chance to be remembered as one of the top players recruited by Self who used all of his eligibility, and it got us wondering, who were the best of those four-year players?
It’s time for another K-State Q&A. Most of your questions this week revolve around the roster cleanse currently taking place on the men’s basketball team, but one of you asked about spring football. So we’ve got both major sports covered.
Missouri had a pass rusher ranked among the nation’s top 12 in 2014, but it might not be who you’d expect. Markus Golden boasted a 12.1 rating after racking up 61 total pressures — 11 sacks, nine quarterback hits and 41 hurries — among his 402 pass-rush snaps, according to the new College Football Focus signature stats.
Throughout the basketball season, Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg knew he needed open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. Now he knows when. Hoiberg will have the procedure on April 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Missouri won’t utilize the traditional strong and free safety designations under new defensive coordinator Barry Odom and new safeties coach Ryan Walters. Instead, the Tigers plan to play right and left safeties, which will debut during the first public scrimmage of the spring at 9 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The only team that plays in the Champions Classic, a four-team event at the start of the college basketball season, and isn’t at the Final Four is Kansas. The Jayhawks lost to Kentucky in November in Indianapolis, and Duke beat Michigan State 81-71.
When The Kansas City Star selected its All-Metro high school basketball teams in spring 2012, it did not deem Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein worthy of the first or second team. Yes, that’s right. A 7-footer headed to a blue-blood program and a future unanimous first-team All-American was not thought to be one of the 10 best players in a metro area of about 2.3 million people. Who was the genius that decided this?
After one season at Kansas, there was little debate that Andrew Wiggins was making a sound decision by going pro early. But there were those who doubted whether Wiggins could be an immediate factor as a 19-year-old in a league with men. One year later, those doubts now seem a little misguided.
Rick Barnes arrived at Texas from Clemson and turned the Longhorns’ program into one of the best. But his last four years didn’t measure up to the first 13, and now he’s out according to several media reports.
The Black & Gold Game, Missouri’s annual spring football game, will air live on the SEC Network alternate channel at 4 p.m. April 18. The game also will be streamed live via SEC Network+ and re-air April 19 on the SEC Network.
Former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year and a presumptive top-10 pick in next month’s NFL Draft, will be featured on SportsCenter and as part of ESPN’s Draft Academy in the coming month.
Clayton Custer, the former Blue Valley Northwest standout who was The Star’s boys basketball player of the year in 2014 is reopening his recruiting after announcing he was transferring from Iowa State after one season.
Missouri senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich is the only scholarship upperclassman on the Tigers’ roster at the position. He has caught only three career passes, but Leftwich nonetheless has emerged as a leader by necessity.
It’s another time of great transition for Kansas football. David Beaty, the program’s fourth head coach in the last seven seasons, will spend the spring trying to lay a foundation for his first season.