Self Keeps Working Illinois

The Lawrence Journal World's Tom Keegan notes that an interesting plot line is developing with Self's latest recruiting target out of Illinois, #3 rated Derrick Rose.

"I want to get Derrick Rose to go to Illinois with me," Gordon told the Indianapolis Star. "I want people to see us play on the same team and see how good we are together."

Gordon, who has known Rose for two years, has said he would join Rose's AAU team for a tournament July 12-15 in North Augusta, S.C.

So what this amounts to is a two-on-one trap with Illinois coach Bruce Weber and Gordon trying to take the prize from Self. If it were a basketball game, my money would be on Weber and Gordon. It's not. It's a personality contest. That's why my money's on Self, based on nothing more than a hunch.

Given Self's Julian Wright coup, Rose is clearly within reach. The question is, how adept is Self at breaking trick defenses? And the second question is, what color do IL fans turn after they've reached "livid?"

List of KU Recruits for 2007

The LJW compiled a fine list yesterday. It's here today if you missed it. Definitely check out the whole article for the rest of the story:

Derrick Rose, 6-4, G, Simeon High, Chicago: Rivals.com's No. 3-rated player, has a list of KU, Illinois, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina and others. The country's No. 8-rated player, Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, says his goal this summer is to convince Rose to join him at Illinois.

Jerryd Bayless, 6-3, G, St. Mary's High, Phoenix: Bayless, who asked out of his oral commitment to Arizona, still is considering UA as well as KU, North Carolina and Texas. He's the country's No. 9-rated player.

Kyle Singler, 6-8, F, South Medford High, Medford, Ore.: Ranked No. 6 overall, Singler has KU, Duke, UCLA and Washington on his list. Singler played well for the U.S. Under 18 national team last month.

Anthony Randolph, 6-10, F, Woodrow Wilson High, Dallas: The country's No. 7-rated player, who has been compared to Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, has a list of KU, Duke, Texas, UConn, Memphis, Illinois, Baylor, Georgetown and UCLA.

James Anderson, 6-5, G/F, Junction City (Ark.) High: The country's No. 64-rated player has a list of KU, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, UConn, Florida, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Tyrel Reed, 6-3, G, Burlington: The No. 58-rated player out of the small Kansas town still has a lengthy list, including KU, K-State, North Carolina, Purdue, Wichita State, Illinois, Missouri State, Iowa and Baylor.

P'Allen Stinnett, 6-3, G, Brewster Academy, New Hampshire: Originally from Las Vegas, the country's No. 77-rated player has a list of KU, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

George Goode, 6-8, Raytown (Mo.) South: The country's No. 78-rated player has received some interest from KU, K-State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Florida, Baylor and others.

Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, Crawford High, San Diego: The country's No. 47-rated player, who scored 76 points in three quarters of a game last season, likes Washington, Arizona, KU, UConn, Illinois, Boston College, UCLA and Oklahoma State.

Isaiah Rusher, 6-8, Bellaire High, Houston: The country's No. 147-rated player likes LSU, KU, Oklahoma, Florida and UConn.

Final 2006 Recruit Rankings

I'm pretty darn impressed by this. Notable is the fact that Jayhawk Sherron Collins hopped over UNC recruit Tywon Lawson. Darrell Arthur also makes it into the top 10. Congrats to Self and Co. for yet another amazing recruiting class.

CLASS OF 2006 FINAL TOP 100

1. Greg Oden, 7-0 C, Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North- OHIO STATE 2. Kevin Durant, 6-10 WF, Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian- TEXAS 3. Thaddeus Young, 6-8 WF, Memphis (TN) Mitchell- GEORGIA TECH 4. Chase Budinger, 6-8 WF, Carlsbad (CA) La Costa Canyon- ARIZONA 5. Brandan Wright, 6-9 BF, Brentwood (TN) Academy- NORTH CAROLINA 6. Spencer Hawes, 6-11 C/BF, Seattle (WA) Prep- WASHINGTON 7. Gerald Henderson, 6-5 WG, Merion Station (PA) Episcopal- DUKE 8. Sherron Collins, 5-11 PG, Chicago (IL) Crane- KANSAS 9. Tywon Lawson, 5-11 PG, Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill- NORTH CAROLINA 10. Darrell Arthur, 6-9 BF, Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff- KANSAS

Link to top 100 from Eric Bossi.

The Darrell Arthur Beat Goes On

The LJW page featured a Darrell Arthur blurb this morning:

Darrell Arthur, a 6-foot-9 forward from Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, tells rivals.com he likely will make an unofficial visit to Arizona this week prior to heading to Chicago for the April 9 Roundball Classic. He said he would make the trip with his mom and AAU coach.

Arthur told sportsstarsoftomorrow.com that LSU had tried to get involved this week. He's also considering KU, Texas and Baylor.

Of Arizona, Arthur said: "They weren't recruiting me as hard as they started off. I didn't know they were still interested, but now they're really trying."

Given how long Bill Self has been recruiting this kid, I don't think it would be an overstatement to say that Arthur isn't exactly thrilled about coming to KU.

Darrell Arthur to KU?

There's some chatter on 810 WHB that Darrell Arthur will be a Jayhawk next year. Arthur is the best unsigned player left in the class of '06, and while I've questioned our need for him, I'll certainly trust Self to know what this team needs better than I do. In any case, picking up DA, who's been ranked anywhere between about 8 and 18 in next year's class, would give Coach Self yet another monster recruiting class.

I also know that some of you are disappointed that KU is sharing a Big 12 title, particularly since we lost to UT, but I am going to pull a "Stop the Insanity!" here. First of all, 7 weeks ago, a lot of you thought we wouldn't make the tournament. Second of all, if you look at the common opponent-common venue games, we were 9-1 and they were 8-2. If you really feel strongly about it, why don't you ask our players to give their championship rings back.

The Big 12 tournament will be interesting. I think our first game will probably be the toughest of all the top three seeds, but I think we should beat either OSU or ISU without too much difficulty. I'm not really anxious to play ISU for a third time, as they're always physical and tough, but at the same time OSU will present a lot of issues with their defense. I'd personally rather we face another tough perimeter defense because I think that preparation will be good for us later, but hey, what does it matter what I think?

Here are the matchups in case you missed them:

THURSDAY'S GAMES

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 9 Kansas State, 11:30 a.m.

No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Baylor, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Iowa State, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Missouri, 8:20 p.m.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

No. 1 Texas vs. 8-9 winner, 11:20 a.m.

No. 4 Texas A&M vs. 5-12 winner, 2 p.m.

No. 2 Kansas vs. 7-10 winner, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Oklahoma vs. 6-11 winner, 8:20 p.m.

Oh, and congratulations to Bill Self and Brandon Rush for winning their respecive "of the Year" honors in the Big 12. Granted it's only one newspaper at this point, but the AP and the coaches will soon follow.

Self, Townsend in Dallas today to visit Darrell Arthur

Tim MacMahon at the Dallas Morning News says that he ran into Bill Self today in Dallas. I guess this means that Slim Shady is a priority:

Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend made a beeline for South Oak Cliff after beating Baylor last night. They were wooing SOC star Darrell "Slim Shady" Arthur when I stopped by the school this morning.

It's the second time I've seen Townsend at SOC in the last week. The 6-9 Arthur, who is considering Kansas and a handful of other schools, is ranked as the nation's top unsigned recruit by Rivals.com.

Link to the whole thing.

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