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Keegan: Chicagoan targeted by Self

July 7, 2006

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Bill Self, Public Enemy No. 1 among fans of Illinois basketball, incurred Illini wrath when he bolted Champaign for Kansas University.

The anger intensified when Self went into Chicago, long a stronghold for Illini recruiting, and snared Julian Wright.

Ill will soared when Sherron Collins signed with Kansas. Anthony Longstreet, his high school coach, felt compelled to defend himself against wild accusations he received money to steer his player to KU. "Show me the canceled check," Longstreet said.

Self remains the smiling face in Illini fans' nightmares, here in July, when recruiting season gets mighty intense.

The object of both coaching staffs' affection this time is one Derrick Rose out of Chicago Simeon High. Google the name Derrick Rose and you will get 2,950,000 entries. Not all the stories are about America's next great point guard. There's an entry here about a professional magician with the same name, an entry there about a TV reporter from Jackson, Miss. The vast majority of the recent entries, though, are about the guard every college basketball coach in America would love to call his own.

Can Self make it three Chicago sensations in a row? Not if Eric Gordon, a shooting guard from North Central High in Indianapolis, succeeds in accomplishing his summer mission. Gordon, who has committed to Illinois, is ranked eighth in the Class of 2007, according to rivals.com. The same service ranks Rose third in the nation.

"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.

It's possible KU already will have Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins, Russell Robinson and Brady Morningstar returning for what would be Rose's first season in college. So what? Darrell Arthur signed on with a team that had its starting five, plus C.J. Giles and Darnell Jackson, returning. Arthur did so because he believes in himself, and why shouldn't he? Likewise, Rose is such a talent he's not about to be scared off any school after looking at its roster. Special players don't think that way.

Other top-10 players who list Kansas as a school they would consider are: 5. Kevin Love, 6-foot-9, 240, Lake Oswego, Ore.; 6. Kyle Singler, 6-foot-8, 210, Medford, Ore.; 7. Anthony Randolph, 6-foot-10, 210; 9. Jerryd Bayless, 6-foot-3, 193, Phoenix. Of that group, the names Singler and Bayless are mentioned most often with Kansas.

KU won't have a senior on the roster this coming season, but could lose a few players to the NBA to open scholarships, particularly if the Jayhawks make it to the Final Four in Atlanta.

l To hear discussion on KU recruiting, visit KUsports.com and click on Spodcasters after 5 p.m. today.

Comments

Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 9 months ago

There you go, ParisHawk. That really put Keegan in his place!!

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ParisHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Keegan, next time you google a name put QUOTES around it ! Derrick Rose gets 2,950,000 entries, "Derrick Rose" gets 22,800 entries : big difference, huh ? Especially when you realize every AP story shows up on 200 different sites.

I live in Paris and believe me, journalists all over the world omit the quotes and come up with unbelievable and completely misleading numbers. By the way, "Sherron Collins" gets 29,700 entries, "Mario Chalmers" gets 58,600 and "Tom Keegan" 25,300 ! By this reasoning, Self should recrute you instead; got any eligibility left ?

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lrN51EXCXydF 7 years, 9 months ago

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Second round.

Second round who?

Second round of the NCAA tournament that Bucknell Bradley Bill and his hairpiece hasn't seen the last 2 years.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

maybe this chicago connection will secure self a first round win in the tourney?

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mom_of_three 7 years, 9 months ago

Illinois fans probably feel about Bill Self the way some KU fans feel about our previous coach who bolted to Carolina blue. Can't blame them, but ...

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small_fish_in_small_pond 7 years, 9 months ago

Or can't bare to see our program way ahead of his...

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Ken Miller 7 years, 9 months ago

I'd be willing to bet that Illini fans AREN'T seeing Bill Self in their nightmares, given that Weber and the boys were in the 2004 NCAA Finals, and they were pretty good again last year. We all know about the last two months of March here at KU......

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nschmi04 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh boy, it looks like an Illini fan is having trouble taking his medicine. (see above)

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FuckKU 7 years, 9 months ago

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