It’s the time of the year for college basketball recruiting questions. Especially at Kansas. After the departures of Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander to the NBA Draft, Kansas coach Bill Self possesses three open scholarships and a short list of available targets. For Kansas, though, the most intriguing player is likely a 6-foot-9 power forward named Cheick Diallo.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said colleges shouldn’t become a quick pit stop for future NBA players. He and NBA commissioner Adam Silver want to see the one-and-done rule changed, but have different ideas about how to do it.
Missouri senior quarterback Corbin Berkstresser knows his chance of seeing significant time isn’t great, but he’s excited for his final season after a strong spring. Also read the final offensive statistics from spring practice in Columbia.
There are two jobs that Kansas basketball fans have long feared would entice Bill Self to leave. One of those jobs came open on Wednesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks, sending ripples throughout the NBA — and the college game, too. Florida coach Billy Donovan and UConn coach Kevin Ollie immediately emerged as potential candidates, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
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.