Kansas University's Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush on Tuesday were named to the 10-player United States Basketball Writers Association All-District Six team.
Others named to the team, which covers players from the states of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota: Michael Beasley, Kansas State; Adam Emmenecker, Drake; Blake Griffin, Oklahoma; Aleks Maric, Nebraska; Bill Walker, Kansas State; and Josh Young, Drake.
Beasley was tapped player of the year and Drake's Keno Davis coach of the year. Rush earned the all-district honor for the third straight season; the other Jayhawks appearing on the list for the first time.
¢ More all-league mention: KU's Rush and Chalmers have been tapped first-team All-Big 12 by Rivals.com. Others: D.J. Augustin of Texas, Beasley and Griffin. KU's Arthur made second team. ... The Austin American-Statesman selected UT's Augustin Big 12 Player of the Year over Beasley. KU's Arthur was selected first-team all-league, while Chalmers and Rush were second team.
¢ Wilt deserves stamp: The Philadelphia Tribune's Donald Hunt recently penned a column calling for the U.S. Postal Service to put the picture of ex-Jayhawk Wilt Chamberlain on a commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp.
Hunt points out a number of sports figures have had stamps with their likenesses including Jackie Robinson (1982), Jesse Owens (1990), Satchel Paige (2000) and Wilma Rudolph (2004).
KU fans wishing to get Chamberlain's face on a stamp can send a letter to the following address: Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 1735 North Lynn St., Suite 5013, Arlington, VA 22209-6432.
"People should remember the great ones. They don't come any bigger or better than Wilt Chamberlain," Hunt wrote.
He believes the image of Chamberlain holding up the 100-point sign after scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks in an NBA game in 1962 would be a nice photo for his stamp.
¢ Chipola to meet Kansas team: Mario Little's Chipola (Fla.) College team will meet Seward County of Kansas in a first-round NJCAA tournament game at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Hutchinson Sports Arena. Seward County defeated Cowley County, 71-61, on Tuesday in a Region Six title game. KU signee Little will have to win four games in Hutch to snare a national title.
¢ Aggies are worthy: Bill Self is in the corner of Texas A&M; coach and former KU point guard Mark Turgeon.
Self says Turgeon's Aggies, 22-9 overall and 8-8 in the Big 12, deserve the Big 12's sixth NCAA bid. Self has said KU, Texas, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma should be locks for bids.
"The reason they are .500 is because our league is good, not because they're mediocre," Self said. "It's hard to win on the road, harder than at any time since I've been in the Big 12. Most people say RPI matters. The Big 12 has the second-rated RPI in the country. How can you say teams in leagues that are RPI 5 or 6 that have teams with a .500 record are going to get in, and say .500 teams in our league don't deserve to get in?"
Chip Brown of the Dallas Morning News points out that a year ago, ACC teams Duke and Georgia Tech reached the NCAAs with 8-8 league marks, as did Michigan State of the Big Ten. Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference received a bid despite a 7-9 mark.
"When you look at some other leagues, the teams that are 9-7 and 8-8 are traditional powers. Our teams might not have some of the same built-in credentials as some of those teams in other leagues, but it shouldn't be used against them because, we're the conference with the No. 2 RPI," Self said.