Seth Davis Doesn't Believe In Tempering Expectations

On the basis of three workouts and an exhibition game against the Chinese team, Seth Davis from the U19 trials in Dallas:

"[Darrell] Arthur looked more serious, poised and confident than at any point during his freshman season at Kansas. During 5-on-5 play, Arthur did most of his damage on the block, but he showed impressive shooting range during drills. I expect him to be an All-American next season at Kansas before becoming an NBA lottery pick."

Davis also comments on future Kansas State Wildcat Michael Beasley:

"Though Beasley is strong for his age and has some impressive moves around the basket, his effort level and body language was not very good during the three workouts I watched in Dallas. As evidenced by his play against China, Beasley usually turns on the burners when game time comes, but to succeed in college he will need to develop a more professional approach overall."

and Texas A&M's incoming freshman DeAndre Jordan:

"DeAndre Jordan is listed at 6-10, 215 pounds, but with his wide shoulders and long arms he looks even bigger on the court. He runs the floor well and is a strong finisher, and, in the half-court, he moves with an awkward gracefulness (or a graceful awkwardness, take your pick). He suffers a bit from stone hands and his shooting range is limited at this point. But there was no one in Dallas with more upside than Jordan."

The U19 World Championship begins July 12th in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Darrell Arthur a Top Ten Freshman

Jason Tomassini of CollegeHoops.Net names Darrell Arthur as the #5 rookie in the nation this season based on games played so far...

5. Darrell Arthur, Kansas - Despite playing only 16 minutes against Florida he was the player of the game with 19 points and more aggressive play than anyone else on the court. I didn't really know anything about him before that game but that's arguably the best performance by a freshman in a big game this season. Since then he's struggled a bit but Bill Self has to get him off the bench, he's only averaging 21 minutes per game. I always thought you want to play your leading scorer as much as possible but then again, I'm not a coach.

Stats- 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.2 apg, 2.1 bpg, 1.2 spg, 1.6 TO, 62.2 FG%, 79.4 FT% Freshman perk- His roommates switched his toothpaste to Crest so he wouldn't be reminded of the Jayhawks embarrassing loss to Oral Roberts earlier this season.

Kevin Durant (Texas), Chase Buddinger (AZ), Greg Oden (Ohio State) and Javaris Crittenton (GA Tech) head up the list.

Andy Katz Profiles Brandon Rush

Andy Katz's nice profile of Brandon Rush leads's college basketball coverage today. Personally, I'd be surprised if Rush was Kansas's best player this year. His perimeter shooting, defending, and defensive rebounding will be crucial but I expect Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright, and (later in the season) Sherron Collins to initiate most of the offense. Behind the Insider wall, Katz suggests that Darrell Arthur will probably start the year behind at least Wright and Kaun in the rotation but figures to take on a bigger role in the second-half of the season.

Also, Bill Self compares the last two NCAA Tournament games Kansas has played.

"Bucknell had two or three guys who could have started for us, they were well coached and it was a scary game."

"But we played to our age against Bradley. We weren't under duress. We didn't play with pressure, since we weren't hunted all year. Last year's team was better equipped to go longer in the tournament, but it still didn't surprise me how it ended. We were so loose at shootaround that day, but by 9 p.m., we went out for warmups and I said, 'Oh, my gosh.' I had a totally different feel."

Next year will be fun

Sherron Collins didn't play because he was back in Chi-cago, but Arthur wowed the camp-kids in a scrimmage yesterday:

Arthur, Kansas University's highly acclaimed freshman forward from Dallas, also swished a 15-foot jump shot from the corner, an 18-footer from the side and a breakaway layup off his own steal, highlighting the Jayhawks' intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday.

Link to story.

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.


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.

KU's 2006 Class # 4

Before this week, KU's recruiting class was really too small to be ranked. But with the addition of Darrell Arthur, that has changed. I'll let Dave Telep tell you about that:

Typically, it's extremely difficult to create a Top 25 recruiting class during the spring signing period. When it happens, the circumstances tend to be extraordinary and that's what took place in Lawrence, Kan., this week.

During the fall period, the Jayhawks signed all-american point guard Sherron Collins. They also bolstered their backcourt with the addition of post-graduate Brady Morningstar, a Top 25 prep school player whose father attended KU.

On Tuesday, the Jayhawks hit the homerun in the form of 6-foot-9 post Darrell Arthur. The Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff two-time state champion picked KU and in the process gave Bill Self a pair of elite players. Arthur is ranked by as the No. 2 power forward in American and Collins trails only UNC recruit Tywon Lawson in the point guard rankings.

Add up the 3-man class and you have what appears to be America's 4th most powerful recruiting haul

Over the last 4 years, KU has had the 3rd, 4th, 1st and now 4th best recruiting classes, respectively. We should make some noise based on that fact alone this year.