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Isaiah Austin will play another year for Baylor. With Jefferson also returning, Baylor will have a very good front line. Maybe Wainright can solve the problem it had last year of not having a big wing.
Drew's talent next year will be in the realm of RB's best years. The question, as always, is what he can do with it.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
At least he can get his kids to stay another year. He had one stay last year and now this year who would be lottery picks. How can Drew keep those star talented players stay and Barnes can't get a second round pick to stay?
You've been told but you don't believe it.
Lol! I have to admit, this mad me laugh because it was exactly what I was thinking word for word.
There is money in the NBA and a lot of it for Lottery Picks.
Besides probable $$, I think there is another reason. Barnes knows that when the draft looks most favorable for his players-they need to go for their own economic best interest. Other programs apparently are more interested in their own needs vs. the best interest of the player-just a thought.
Yea well that might cost him his job
Austin says a torn labrum would have prevented him from working out for teams, making his draft position too uncertain.
These are no fun. Of course, I'm older than the average Bear basketball player, but it's been a year and a half and I'm still not quite back to normal. Close, but not quite.
But Bob I thought it was the behind the seen money that was keeping him from leaving? Just like Perry from last year. You mean it wasn't the injury it was the ugly under the table money that kept him back. The money from the AAU. I don't deny that for a second but, I also don't deny the fact that the NCAA just turns a blinds eye at it forever. It will get cleaned up an Texas should look at why some players in their conference and in other conferences come back while theirs leave. Are they all coming back for some money? I don't think so.
While I am perfectly willing to entertain notions that money might play a part in a player's initial recruitment, I find it incredibly hard to believe the behind the scenes money on any one player, if it exists, would exceed that in an NBA first round contract.
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I wasn't referring to illegal benefits at Baylor. I was referring to the fact that our players can't wait to get away from Barnes.
Regarding Wainright (and no, I'm not claiming my butterfly wing beats created this hurricane)--Biancardi listed him in his 5 sleeper freshmen and waxed rhapsodic about his flexibility.
Angel Rodriguez picked Miami and is expected to request a hardship waiver. While Miami may be a lot closer than Manhattan, Kansas, to Puerto Rico, it's still 1,000 miles away, so I don't know if his chances of getting the waiver are that good.
In the insecure little brother department, KSU has responded to the KU plan to build a new temple to the original rules of basketball by . . . winning second place for its mural in the training facility.
Preseason All-American teams
These are showing amazing consistency, especially with regard to Big 12 players. The consensus is:
Smart (first team)
Austin, Jefferson (honorable mention)
The slight variant:
Smart (first team)
Austin (third team)
Article regarding the increased importance of transfers, the success Hoiberg has had, and the entry of big name schools into the market.
By the way, Angelo Chol is looking to leave Arizona after playing only 8.5 mpg as a sophomore and looking at a team that now has Tarczewski, Ashley, and Gordon ahead of him at C and PF.
I was being sarcastic because you and Bob were acting like I didn't get what you were implying about why UT's kids leave and Baylor's don't. And I am sorry but the majority of those players have not left because of Barnes. Maybe recently I can think of the Canada kids leaving but the others to get away from Barnes; Really? I don't think so. Please don't tell me they are staying at Baylor because they like Drew soooo much.
KU released its non-conference schedule featuring Duke, Florida, Georgetown, New Mexico, San Diego State, Colorado, and the Battle 4 Atlantis (8 team tournament featuring Villanova, Tennessee, and Xavier).
This is your opinion. But I have talked to former players and other former players' coaches so I will stand by my statement. Even some of the guaranteed 1st rd guys could have come back, like Austin, to try to improve their draft stock.
And in some places, some players come back without hope of improving draft stock.
Harrison Barnes (likely top 5 pick in 2011, taken 7th in 2012)
Perry Jones III
(all of them would have been in the top 10 in 2011, and they fell to 21, 17, 14, and 28)
Sure would be nice if Texas had a couple of guys do that at some point.
Yeah, not saying it always works out. Just saying why most, not all, of our recent early entries have left.
KSU and ISU fighting over Maine transfer Justin Edwards, a 6'3" SG from Ontario who will have to sit but has two years of eligibility left. He's a scorer, but he hasn't been particularly accurate from deep (and not for lack of trying--44/164 bta in his career). Creighton and St. Louis are also interested. Edwards and Terry Lancona (see last week's notes) are visiting Manhattan this weekend. Lancona thinks he'll make his decision quickly, maybe as soon as Monday.
Justin Edwards committed to KSU. He'll have to sit a year.
WVU decided late to offer the state HS player of the year, Donte Grantham, a 6'7" small forward. Too late, perhaps, since Grantham is thinking he might go prep for a year to "raise his profile." He visited Clemson this weekend and tweeted he had a Big 10 offer, which I would guess to be Maryland, so there is already some power conference interest.
Sullinger and Jones cost themselves a small fortune. Both were head scratchers. . In Austin's case, it probably wasn't that bad. He had played himself out of the lottery in most of the mock drafts I saw when it was assumed he would come out. Smart if the one that completely took me by surprise. Guess kids have fun playing at some schools.
Baylor is going to have a very good front line next year, probably the best in the conference. The question is whether they have any guards who can pass the ball.
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