Marcus Morris, Brackins chat
Kansas University’s Marcus Morris and Iowa State’s Craig Brackins had a running dialogue during the Jayhawks’ 84-61 victory over the Cyclones on Jan. 23 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Will they chat it up again during today’s 7 p.m., rematch in Allen Fieldhouse?
“I probably will,” Morris said. “He’s a great guy. He has a good sense of humor. He’s a good competitor. Guarding him and talking to him will be fun.”
Morris scored 16 points off 8-of-16 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, while Brackins had 13 points off 5-of-13 shooting with one board in the previous meeting.
Brackins — he averages 16.8 points a game to Morris’ 13.3 mark — has hit for 21.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in his last four games. ISU’s 6-foot-10 junior forward was peppered with questions about the NBA after his 29-point, 12-rebound effort against Kansas State last Saturday.
“I still don’t know what’s going to happen,” Brackins told the Ames Daily Tribune, when asked if he’d be turning pro and skipping his senior season. “I might just want to come back. (You) never know. I came back last year, and it was a 50-50 thing. It can still be a 50-50.”
The personable Palmdale, Calif., native said he and his mom had been avoiding talking to agents.
“We are hiding out in our Batcave, and they can’t sync us up,” Brackins cracked.
Meanwhile, Marquis Gilstrap, a 6-7 senior, who scored 18 versus KU and averages 14.8 ppg on the season, has applied for an NCAA medical redshirt season because injuries cost him parts of multiple seasons.
“If I get it back, yes, but I don’t know if I will get it back,” Gilstrap told the Daily Tribune, referring to an extra year. “I haven’t heard anything about that.”
Selby in town on visit
Josh Selby, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard from Lake Clifton High in Baltimore, will attend tonight’s game as part of his official recruiting visit to KU this weekend.
Selby, who is rated No. 4 nationally by Rivals.com, made an unofficial visit to KU for Late Night in the Phog. He has a final list of KU, Kentucky, Arizona, UConn, Indiana and Syracuse. He is slated to visit Kentucky the weekend of March 7.
Selby’s mom, Maeshon Witherspoon, will also attend the game tonight.
KU junior Cole Aldrich, who has 90 blocks, needs seven today to tie, eight to pass Greg Ostertag as KU’s all-time single-season rejection leader. ... UNC Wilmington figures to make a run at KU assistant coach Joe Dooley to fill its head coaching vacancy, the Wilmington Star-News reports. Wilmington AD Kelly Mehrtens is a former KU associate AD. ...Former KU forward Darnell Jackson of the Cleveland Cavaliers has indicated he’ll be at today’s game. It’s NBA all-star break. ... KU has won nine straight versus ISU and leads the all-time series 167-58. ... KU holds an 85-15 record against ISU in games played in Lawrence, including a 44-9 edge in Allen Fieldhouse. ... The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones four-straight times in Allen dating to 2006. ... Since the inception of the Big 12, KU is 22-7 versus ISU with a 20-7 record in regular-season play and 2-0 mark in the Big 12 tournament. ... Aldrich had 19 points and 11 rebounds in KU’s win over ISU in Ames.